David Elliott Drew
Member of Parliament
for Stroud
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded by Neil Carmichael
Majority 687 (1.1%)
In office
2 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Roger Knapman
Succeeded by Neil Carmichael
Personal details
Born (1952-04-13) 13 April 1952 (age 72)
Website www.daviddrewmp.org.uk

David Elliott Drew (born 13 April 1952) is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stroud from 1997 to 2010, and regained his seat on 9 June 2017.

Political career

He was elected as a councillor for the Stevenage Borough Council in Hertfordshire for a year in 1981, and was elected as a councillor for the Stroud District Council in 1987, where he served until 1995. He was also elected to the Stonehouse Town Council in 1987.

To make the collection of tiers of local government complete, he was elected as a councillor on the Gloucestershire County Council in 1992, stepping down on his election to Parliament. He was elected as the secretary to the Stroud Constituency Labour Party for a year in 1992. He has also been a member of UNISON since 1990.

He first contested Stroud at the 1992 general election, moving Labour into second place ahead of the Liberal Democrat candidate, coming second to the incumbent Conservative, Roger Knapman by 13,405 votes. However, he succeeded in taking the seat from Knapman at the 1997 general election with a majority of his own of 2,910 on +13.3 swing. Winning three successive elections he remained MP for Stroud until 2010.

He successfully defended his majority in 2001 general election, and retained it, but with a narrow majority of just 350 in the 2005 general election. In Parliament, he was a member of the Agriculture Select Committee, and its successor Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee from 1999 until 2010.

He was identified by The Herald newspaper in Glasgow following the 2005 election as one of the more frequent Labour backbench rebels, having 'rebelled' over both the Iraq War and terror legislation during the 2001 parliament. His staunch Eurosceptic stance was also at odds with the Europhile views of the leading members of that Labour Government.

A member of the Socialist Campaign Group, he nominated John McDonnell in the 2007 Labour leadership election.

During the 2010 election, he lost by 1,299 votes (2.0%) to the Conservative Neil Carmichael who took 40.8% of the vote, with Liberal Democrat Dennis Andrewartha taking 15.4%. Despite the loss, he actually managed to increase the number of votes he won compared to the 2005 election, as well as managing to obtain the smallest losing Labour swing in the whole of England.

In the 2011 Local Elections, he returned to Stroud District Council after being elected to the Farmhill and Paganhill seat, taking 63.9% of the vote.

He stood as the Labour Co-operative candidate for Stroud at the 2015 general election, but failed to take the seat. He stood again at the 2017 general election and regained it with a 9.3% rise, securing a narrow majority of 687 over the Conservatives on a 77% voter turnout.

Following his return to the Commons he was appointed as Shadow Farming and Rural Affairs Minister on 3 July 2017 by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn