Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office

Dr Andrew Murrison MP

Biography

Dr Andrew Murrison MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office on 15 July 2014. He is the Conservative MP for south west Wiltshire and the Prime Minister’s special representative for the Centenary Commemoration of the First World War.

Education

Andrew studied medicine at Bristol and public health at Hughes Hall, Cambridge.

Political career

Andrew was elected MP for Westbury in June 2001 and for south west Wiltshire in May 2010.

In November 2003 he was appointed to the Conservative front bench as a health spokesman, transferring in July 2007 to defence. In May 2010 Andrew became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Health and was asked by the Prime Minister to review and make recommendations on health care for members of the services community. The principal recommendations in the subsequent reports, ‘Fighting Fit’ and ‘A Better Deal for Military Amputees’, are being rolled out by the government.

In November 2011 the Prime Minister appointed him as his special representative for the centenary commemoration of the First World War.

He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence and Minister for International Security Strategy from September 2012 until his appointment to the Northern Ireland Office.

Career outside politics

Andrew served for 18 years as a medical officer in the Royal Navy, leaving in October 2000 as a surgeon commander. In 2003 he was recalled to serve in Iraq.

Personal life

Andrew and his wife live near Warminster with their 5 daughters.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office

The Northern Ireland Office is responsible for overseeing the Northern Ireland devolution settlement and representing Northern Ireland interests at UK government level and UK government interests in Northern Ireland.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is responsible for:

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for International Security Strategy

    • 2012 to 2014

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  1. Dr Murrison address to WW1 ancestors' memories event

    • 22 January 2015
    • Speech
  2. Future plans for Dalgety Bay

    • 11 July 2014
    • News story
  3. MOD identifies future strategic trends

    • 1 July 2014
    • News story
  4. UK increases military support in Bosnia

    • 9 June 2014
    • News story
  5. Armed forces training gets £250 million boost

    • 9 June 2014
    • News story
  6. Disused tube station sells for £53 million

    • 3 March 2014
    • News story
  7. Work begins on defence training college

    • 14 February 2014
    • News story
  8. Defence minister visits cadets in Scotland

    • 31 January 2014
    • News story
  9. HMS Richmond hosts Anglo-Colombian conference

    • 27 January 2014
    • News story
  10. HMS Montrose to assist in removal of chemical stocks from Syria

    • 13 January 2014
    • News story