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Andrea Jacqueline Leadsom PC MP is a British Conservative Party politician who was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 14 July 2016. She previously served as Minister of State for Energy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change since May 2015, having held the posts of Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister from April 2014. She has been a Member of Parliament representing South Northamptonshire since 2010.

The Right Honourable

MP
Andrea Leadsom 2016.jpg
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Assumed office
14 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Elizabeth Truss
Minister of State for Energy
In office
11 May 2015 – 14 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Matt Hancock
Succeeded by Position abolished
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
(City Minister)
In office
9 April 2014 – 11 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Nicky Morgan
Sajid Javid
Succeeded by Harriett Baldwin
Member of Parliament
for South Northamptonshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Constituency established
Majority 26,416 (43.4%)
Personal details
Born Andrea Jacqueline Salmon
(1963-05-13) 13 May 1963 (age 53)
Aylesbury, England, UK
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Ben Leadsom
Children 3
Alma mater University of Warwick

Andrea Jacqueline Leadsom PC MP (pronounced /ˈlɛdsəm/; née Salmon; born 13 May 1963) is a British Conservative Party politician who was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 14 July 2016. She previously served as Minister of State for Energy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change since May 2015, having held the posts of Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister from April 2014. She has been a Member of Parliament representing South Northamptonshire since 2010.

After graduating with a degree in political science at the University of Warwick, she worked in junior roles, including as a personal assistant, at Barclays and Invesco Perpetual. Leadsom was first elected to the House of Commons in the constituency South Northamptonshire in the 2010 general election.

Leadsom was a prominent member of the Leave campaign during the 2016 EU referendum and gained standing in referendum TV debates. On David Cameron's resignation, Leadsom became one of five candidates in the election for the leadership of the governing Conservative Party, and thereby for the prime ministership. In the second round of voting by MPs she came second to Theresa May, and the two women would have proceeded to a ballot of party members, but Leadsom withdrew from the contest before this could happen, stating that she did not have enough support to win, and endorsed May, who became party leader and Prime Minister. Leadsom had been criticised for suggesting that May was unsuitable to be Prime Minister as she had no children; there were also questions raised in the media about the accuracy of Leadsom's CV. May appointed Leadsom as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in her first cabinet.

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