Andrea is from Yorkshire, and has rather an unconventional background when compared with many Members of Parliament.

Having left school at sixteen, she worked her way up from a job as a Saturday retail assistant to senior management positions in major retailers. 
She also worked in international business development and as a professional soprano singer and vocal coach, tutoring students and recording her own album.

Despite this experience, she always felt there was something missing. She applied to the University of Lincoln to study International Relations and Politics, and was initially turned down.
 
However following a meeting with the University to prove her enthusiasm and dedication, she was offered a place. Three years later in September 2014, and despite working and campaigning to become an MP, she graduated with an Upper Second Class Honours degree.

On her graduation day, Andrea told the Morley Observer:“As a mature student who never went to university I would like to encourage and show it’s never too late. 

It was amazing, I never expected to do a degree.“For me it was about proving to myself that I could do it.“It was a really proud moment walking on stage with all the friends I’ve made.”

She quickly had to put her degree into practice, being elected Member of Parliament for Morley and Outwood in May 2015, beating Labour’s Ed Balls by 422 votes. 

She now sits on the Health Select Committee and chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Patient Safety and Local Democracy. 

Since her election she has travelled as part of a delegation to the United States Congress and will be visiting China later in the year. 

It is a particularly appropriate destination for Andrea as she studied China during her time with the Model United Nations in Lincoln!

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