Fleur AndersonMember of Parliament for Putney
Fleur Anderson was the only Labour candidate to take a seat from the Conservatives in the 2019 general election. She began her career in international development. She worked with charities Christian Aid, CAFOD and Water Aid. Her experience rebuilding villages in post-war Bosnia gave her “a determination to get things done that she’s never lost.” She first entered politics as a councillor in Wandsworth in 2014. When asked if there was a catalyst for her entry into politics, Anderson explained that “the council closed my local One O’Clock club (children’s centre) and I joined the campaign to save it but we lost, so I got more involved in finding out what the council was doing and stood to be a local councillor.” While a member of Wandsworth Council, she campaigned to improve air quality near schools, against cuts to the Autism Advisory Service and for a 20mph limit in Wandsworth. Her 2019 Putney campaignn focused on NHS, housing, the environment and a call for a second Brexit referendum. Since entering parliament, Anderson sat on the education and the ecclesiastical committees, as well as becoming parliamentary private secretary to both the shadow transport and DFID teams. She is chair of the prevention of genocide, for water, sanitation and hygiene, charities and volunteering and trade justice APPGs. When asked her most disappointing moment in the chamber, Anderson answered, “every single day I hope for something better from the Government and am disappointed”. She supported Keir Starmer’s 2020 Labour leadership campaign.
Official parliamentary photograph taken by Chris McAndrew, 2017, licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0