Adrian Sanders entered Parliament at his second attempt in 1997, gaining this seat from the Conservatives by just 12 votes.
Adrian attended Torquay Boys Grammar School and started work in insurance. He became Information/Campaigns Officer for Association of Liberal Councillors [1986-89], worked in the Liberal Democrats’ Whips Office [1989-1990], as Project Officer for Association of Social and Liberal Democrat Councillors [1990-92], in the office of Paddy Ashdown, as Policy Officer of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations [1993-94] and for the Southern Association of Voluntary Action Groups for Europe (SAVAGE). He is a member of the British Diabetic Association.
He was elected to Torbay Borough Council in 1984 and served for two years. He was the candidate for the Devon and East Plymouth constituency in the 1994 European Election, which he might have won had not a ‘Literal Democrat’ stood against him, taking 10,000 votes.
As an MP his work on local issues includes: a campaign for cheaper water bills, for the the Animal Welfare Bill, for coastal action zones and to keep cricket on free-to-air television; the campaign against the Council Tax.
In the 1997 Parliament, he was a member of the Local Government and Housing team; in 2001, he joined the Culture, Media and Sport team, speaking on tourism, and the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee; in 2006 he became deputy whip. From 1998 to 2005 he chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group for Diabetes; he is an office holders of the Groups on Charities and the Voluntary Sector and on Leasehold Reform.
Publications: Using Parliament for Local Campaigns (1989) and two publications on customer strategies in local government: Service with a Smile (1991) and Service beyond a Smile (1992).
Torquay Boys Grammar School
Information/Campaigns Officer for Association of Liberal Councillors, Project Officer for Association of Social and Liberal Democrat Councillors 1990-92, Policy Officer of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations 1993-94
Torbay Borough Councillor 1984-86
2006- deputy whip, 2005- DCMS Select Committee, 2001-5 Tourism spokesman. Previously Shadow Ministerial Spokesman, Culture, Media and Sport and Spokesman for Local Government and Housing
British Diabetic Association
Constituency Address: 69 Belgrave Road
Constituency Tel: 01803 200 036
Date of Birth: 25 April 1959
Party: Liberal Democrats
Personal Website: http://www.adriansanders.org/