I am married and have two children, Oscar and Aaron, and I live in Corsham. I moved to the town when I married my wife, Carole, as she was born here, and has lived here most of her life. We were married in St Bartholemew’s in Corham, and had our reception in Corsham Town Hall. I also have four step children living in the area, and three grandchildren.
Both my parents left school at 14, and they met while they were in the Army. They worked hard and gave me, my sister and my two brothers a loving upbringing. My father was employed in the motor trade, as manager of the parts department at a British Leyland distributor.
I was educated at King Edwards School in Bath until I was 16, and then went to Bath Technical College. After that I did a number of jobs, as a hospital porter at the Royal United in Bath, as a ferryman with the Bristol Ferryboat Company, and for several years as a clerk with the Halifax Building Society in Bristol.
In 1989 I did an access course to return to education, and then studied engineering at the University of the West of England, where I achieved a first class honours degree. While working I studied part time at Oxford University (Kellogg College), and gained an MSc in software and systems engineering. Up until very recently I worked for an American telecommunications firm, and I am a Chartered Engineer, and member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
I am an active trade unionist, and I am branch secretary of the GMB in Wiltshire, representing thousands of union members across the county, including several hundred in schools, factories, NHS and other employers in Chippenham, Melksham, Corsham, Bradford on Avon and the surrounding area.
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Published and promoted by Chippenham Labour Party on behalf of Andy Newman, both of 5 Elm Hayes, Corsham, SN13 9JW