The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP

Minister of State (Development and Africa)

The Minister’s responsibilities include:

  • Africa
  • International Development Strategy, Official Development Assistance (ODA), Independent Commisison for Aid Impact (ICAI)
  • British Investment Partnerships
  • international finance
  • global education, gender and equality (including scholarships)
  • global health
  • humanitarian and migration
  • energy, climate change and the environment
  • safeguarding
  • research and evidence (including the Chief Scientific Adviser)


Andrew Mitchell was appointed as a Minister of State in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) on 25 October 2022.

He was previously Secretary of State for International Development from May 2010 to September 2012. He was elected Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield on 7 June 2001.


Andrew was educated at Rugby School and Jesus College, Cambridge where he studied history and was President of the Union.

Career outside politics

He served in the Royal Tank Regiment before joining Lazard, where he worked with British companies seeking large-scale overseas contracts.

Political career

After serving as a government whip between 1993 and 1995, Andrew served as Minister for Social Security from 1995 to 1997.

While in opposition, he was Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs from 2003 to 2004 and Shadow Minister for Home Affairs from 2004 to 2005. He then served as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development until the 2010 election.

Personal life

Andrew is married with 2 children.

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