Andrew Stunell

Robert Andrew Stunell, Baron Stunell, OBE, PC (born 24 November 1942) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom.

Stunell was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hazel Grove, from the 1997 general election until he stood down at the 2015 general election. From 2010 to 2012 he served as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government.[1] He was nominated for a life peerage in the 2015 Dissolution Honours.[2]

The Lord Stunell

Official portrait of Lord Stunell crop 2
Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
13 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byBarbara Follett
Succeeded byDon Foster
Liberal Democrat Chief Whip
in the House of Commons
In office
7 June 2001 – 22 March 2006
LeaderCharles Kennedy
Preceded byPaul Tyler
Succeeded byPaul Burstow
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
26 October 2015
Life Peerage
Member of the Parliament
for Hazel Grove
In office
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byTom Arnold
Succeeded byWilliam Wragg
Majority6,371 (14.2%)
Personal details
Born24 November 1942 (age 76)
London, UK
Political partyLiberal Democrats
Alma materVictoria University of Manchester
Liverpool John Moores University
Knights Bachelor Insignia
Insignia of a Knight Bachelor

Early life and career

Andrew Stunell was born in Sutton, Surrey and educated at Surbiton County Grammar School for Boys (moved to Thames Ditton as Esher County Grammar School with the former buildings becoming Hollyfield School, then became Esher College in 1977) on St. Marks Hill in Surbiton, then studied Architecture at University of Manchester and Liverpool Polytechnic. He became a member of RIBA in 1969.

Stunell married Gillian Chorley in 1967. They have three sons and two daughters and he is a former Baptist lay preacher and an active member of his local Methodist church.

After graduation he was an architectural assistant until 1989, working for CWS Manchester from 1965–7, Runcorn New Town from 1967 to 1981, then freelance 1981-5. From 1989 to 1996 he worked as Political Secretary of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1995 New Year Honours.[3]

Stunell was elected to Chester City Council in 1979 and to Cheshire County Council in 1981. He contested the City of Chester constituency three times, as the Liberal Party candidate in 1979 and for the SDP-Liberal Alliance in 1983 and 1987.

Member of Parliament, 1997–2015

Hazel Grove

Stunell was elected as the member of parliament for Hazel Grove in 1997 having fought the seat previously in 1992 when he came second with 43.1% of the vote. The general election of 1997 resulted in a majority of 11814 and a 54.5% of the vote, taking the seat from the Conservatives. He retained the seat at the 2001 (52%), 2005 (49.5%) and 2010 (48.8%) general elections.[4]

Liberal Democrat Frontbench

From left to right Neil O'Brien and Andrew Stunell OBE MP
Stunell (right) with Neil O'Brien at Conservative Party conference in 2011

On entering parliament in 1997 Stunell was appointed the Shadow Energy minister under Paddy Ashdown, a role he performed until 2005. At the same time Stunell operated as the party's deputy chief whip, only stepping down from that position in 2001 when he was elected to the position of Chief Whip, a position he was re-elected to in 2005. He stood down from the role in March 2006 to serve as the Shadow Secretary of State for communities and local government which concluded in December 2007 when Nick Clegg asked him to become chair of the Liberal Democrat local elections team. In January 2009 Stunell was appointed to be the Liberal Democrat representative on the International Development Select Committee and in August 2009 he was asked to take on the role of vice-chair of the General Election campaign.[5]

Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004

In 2003 Stunell came top in the regular ballot of Private Members' Bills and was successful in having his Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill become an Act of Parliament in 2004.[6] As part of the bill Stunell wanted to see all new and existing homes either built or renovated with security and energy saving features with Stunell saying that he wanted the bill to promote "greener and safer buildings".[5][7]

Coalition negotiations

Following the general election of 2010, no one political party was able to secure a majority in the House of Commons. As a result, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats entered into negotiations with each other to form the United Kingdom's first coalition government since the Second World War.

Stunell along with Danny Alexander, Chris Huhne and David Laws acted as the negotiating team for the Liberal Democrats with William Hague, Oliver Letwin, George Osborne and Edward Llewellyn acting for the Conservatives.[8]

Coalition Government

Following the formation of the coalition, Stunell was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government under Secretary of State Eric Pickles. His responsibilities in the role were community cohesion, race equality, building regulations and the implementation of the Big Society particularly with regard to housing and regeneration.[9]

Stunell was knighted for public and political service in the 2013 Birthday Honours.[10][11] receiving the accolade from the Prince of Wales on 24 January 2014.[12]

In 2013 he announced that he would be stepping down at the next general election.[13]

Stunell was created a Life Peer taking the title Baron Stunell, of Hazel Grove in the County of Greater Manchester on 26 October 2015.[14]


  1. ^ "Announcements - GOV.UK".
  2. ^ "Dissolution Peerages 2015". Government of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 27 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  3. ^ "No. 53893". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1994. p. 14.
  4. ^ "Politics". the Guardian.
  5. ^ a b Andrew Stunell | About Andrew – Andrew in Parliament Archived 25 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004".
  7. ^ "MPs' lobby: Greener and safer buildings". 18 September 2018 – via
  8. ^ Siddique, Haroon (11 May 2010). "Profiles: The Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Labour negotiators". the Guardian.
  9. ^ Department of communities and local government | Andrews Stunell profile Archived 25 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 2.
  11. ^ "Birthday Honours List 2013" (PDF). HM Government. 14 June 2013. Archived (PDF) from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  12. ^ "No. 60966". The London Gazette. 20 August 2014. p. 16222.
  13. ^ Vine, Katherine (30 September 2013). "Hazel Grove MP Andrew Stunell to step down at next general election". Manchester Evening News. Archived from the original on 11 January 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  14. ^ "No. 61395". The London Gazette. 30 October 2015. p. 21334.

Further reading

  • Laws, David (2010). 22 Days in May. Biteback. ISBN 978-1-84954-080-3.

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Preceded by
Tom Arnold
Member of Parliament for Hazel Grove
Succeeded by
William Wragg
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Preceded by
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Liberal Democrat Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
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