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Andrew Bennett

Member of Parliament
for Denton and Reddish
Stockport North (1974-1983)
In office
28 February 1974 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Idris Owen
Succeeded by Andrew Gwynne

Born 9 March 1939 (1939-03-09) (age 70)
Nationality Birtish
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Gillian Lawley

Andrew Francis Bennett (born 9 March 1939) is a British politician, and was member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish until he retired in 2005. He is a member of the Labour Party.


Early life

Bennett was born in Barton-upon-Irwell. He attended the William Hulme's Grammar School in Whalley Range. He studied at the University of Birmingham gaining a BSocSc (Bachelor of Social Science). A geography teacher from 1960-74, Bennett was elected to Oldham Borough Council in 1964, and served on it until 1974.

Parliamentary career

He contested the Knutsford parliamentary seat in 1970 and was elected to Parliament in February 1974 for the seat of Stockport North, defeating the Conservative Party incumbent, Idris Owen by 203 votes. Following boundary changes, he became the MP for Denton and Reddish in 1983. From 1983 to 1988 he served on the Labour front bench as an education spokesperson.

He rebelled against the Labour government on various issues, including the privatisation of National Air Traffic Services.

He stood down at the 2005 general election, and was replaced by Andrew Gwynne.

Personal life

He married Gillian Lawley in 1961 in Manchester. They have two sons and a daughter.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Idris Owen
Member of Parliament for Stockport North
February 19741983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Denton and Reddish
Succeeded by
Andrew Gwynne


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