- Andrew Boff
name = Andrew Boff AM
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constituency_AM = the Conservative Party (London-wide)
assembly = London
1 May 2008
birth_date = Birth date and age|1958|04|14
nationality = British
party = Conservative
profession = IT consultant
Andrew Boff is a British politician and a Conservative member of the
London Assembly, elected in the 2008 election. He is a Londonwide member, representing all thirty-two boroughs and the City of London.
Londonpolitics since the early 1980s, he was elected a councillorin Hillingdon in 1982,voting against the repeal of section 28 of the local government act and was Leader of the Council between 1990 and 1992.cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/566999.stm |title=Andrew Boff: Making an Impression |accessdate=2008-04-12 |last= |first= |date=16 December 1999 |publisher= BBC News] In 1992, he stepped down to run for Parliament, defending the marginal Hornsey and Wood Green constituency, but he lost the seat to Labour's Barbara Roche.
Boff ran in the safe Labour seat of London South Inner in the 1994 elections to the
European Parliamentand was placed seventh on the Conservative list in London in the 1999 election. He failed to be elected both times. [cite web |url=http://www.europarl.org.uk/guide/candidates99/london.html |title=London |accessdate=2008-04-12 |last= |first= |date= |publisher= European Parliament] He contested the Conservative nomination for the London mayoral elections in 2000, 2004, and 2008. He came second in 2000, behind Steven Norris, and came second once again in 2008.
He was placed first on the Conservative top-up list for the
London Assemblyin 2008, comfortably winning a seat. His term lasts until 2012.
He has run for office numerous times in Hackney, where he now lives. He received the Conservative nomination for the elections in 2002 and 2006 to elect the Mayor of Hackney, but came second both times. He was the Conservatives'
London Assemblycandidate for the North East constituency in 2004, but came third, behind the candidates from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats. [cite web |url=http://politics.guardian.co.uk/elections2004/tables/0,14549,1235954,00.html |title=London Assembly results |accessdate=2008-04-12 |last= |first= |date= |publisher= Guardian Unlimited] He achieved more success being elected to Hackney borough council, winning the supposedly safe Labour seat of Queensbridge in a by-electionin 2005, before losing it again in the next year, albeit with a vote count three times greater than that at the previous full election, in 2002.
He is an information technology consultant and is openly gay. [cite web |url=http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/opinion/2005-5043.html |title=Interview: The Tory who wants to boff Boris |accessdate=2008-04-12 |last=Grew |first=Tony |date=29 July 2007 |publisher=
Pink News] Boff is a libertarian, [cite web |url=http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/politics/2007/09/tory_mayoral_hust.html |title=Tory mayoral hustings - live |accessdate=2008-04-12 |last=White |first=Michael |authorlink=Michael White (journalist) |date=10 September 2007 |publisher= Guardian Unlimited] and an outspoken proponent of direct democracy, having trumpeted the issue at London mayoral hustings and on ConservativeHome. [cite web |url=http://conservativehome.blogs.com/100policies/2006/08/to_give_londons.html |title=Andrew Boff: "To give London's voters the power to propose binding propositions on the executive or to recall the Mayor." |accessdate=2008-04-12 |last=Boff |first=Andrew |date=14 August 2006 |publisher= ConservativeHome]
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