Andrew Smith MP thanks Oxford East constituents for 25 years in Parliament.
Andrew said: "I am very grateful for the support of constituents who have always been an inspiration for my work as your voice in Parliament and in helping people in the local community".
Andrew was first elected to Parliament in June 1987, gaining Oxford East for Labour from the incumbent Conservative MP Steven Norris.
Following Labour's landslide election victory in 1997 Andrew was made Minister for Employment. In 1999 Andrew was promoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury and in 2004 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. During his time in government Andrew was responsible for bringing in Labour's New Deal to help young and long term unemployed people into jobs, oversaw huge increases in spending on health, education and overseas aid whilst keeping debt low, and brought in the Pension Credit, helping a million pensioners out of poverty, and the Pension Protection Fund to secure a pension for workers whose firms go bust.
In the 2010 General Election Andrew was re-elected with in increased majority, bucking the national trend with a 4.1% swing from the Lib-Dems to Labour, and an increase of 6.5 percentage points in Labour's share of the vote -- one of the best results in the country.
During his time in Parliament, Andrew has taken up a wide range of issues, especially on health, housing, pensions, climate change, international development, and employment in shops and the car industry.
In his work locally, Andrew has helped with thousands of constituents' concerns and calls round door-to-door throughout the year to listen to local residents. Amongst the campaigns he has been closely involved with are keeping car production at Cowley, securing investment in new hospital facilities like the Cancer Centre and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, and sustaining good community relations, with fair opportunities for minorities.
A member of the shopworkers union USDAW since his time working at the Co-op, Andrew chairs the USDAW Parliamentary Group and is a member of the Executive of the Trade Union Group of Labour MPs.
Speaking about this time as Oxford East MP, Andrew said: "Giving the best possible service to constituents, taking up individual problems and issues which concern people, has always been a top priority for me. I remember all the time that the most important people in politics are my constituents."
"Much of what you can achieve as an MP also depends on the efforts of others -- working with people in the community, local voluntary groups, trade unions, businesses, councillors, council and agency officers as well as the staff in my office. I am very grateful for all their help. "
"I also owe huge thanks to my wonderful wife Val, whose love and support have made it possible for me to be an MP for 25 years, and who is an enormous asset in my work serving our community."