|Leader of the Conservative Party|
in the London Assembly
|Member of the London Assembly|
as the 5th Additional Member
1 May 2008
|Born||14 April 1958|
|Residence||Barking Riverside, London|
|Website||Andrew Boff at London Assembly website|
Andrew Boff (born 14 April 1958) is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been a Member of the London Assembly (MLA) since the 2008 election. He is a London-wide member, representing the thirty-two boroughs and the City of London.
Andrew Boff was a supporter of the "Yes to fairer votes" campaign. He was the Conservative representative at a Yes! event in London on 3 May 2011.
Active in politics since the 1970s he was a Young Conservative branch founder whilst still at school and in 1976 proposed the legalisation of cannabis at a Young Conservative national conference. His mother Elsie was already a councillor when he was elected a councillor in Hillingdon in 1982 and he was Leader of the Council between 1990 and 1992. 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 Parliament and was placed seventh on the Conservative list in London in the 1999 election. He failed to be elected both times.
He was placed first on the Conservative top-up list for the London Assembly in 2008, comfortably winning a seat. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He ran for chairman of the Assembly in 2010, with the backing of the 11 Conservative members, but lost to Liberal Democrat Dee Doocey, who received the backing of the 14 other members, including Richard Barnbrook. After his re-election to the Assembly Andrew was elected as the GLA Conservative Group Leader.
In Summer 2018, Andrew launched his campaign to be the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London. He was shortlisted along with Joy Morrisey and fellow London Assembly Member, Shaun Bailey. Boff finished in second place with 35%, an increase of 31% of when he ran for the nomination in 2015.
In 2019, Boff became Chairman of Confirmation Hearings Committee and the Planning Committee.
He has run for office numerous times in Hackney, where he lived. 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 Assembly candidate for the North East constituency in 2004, but came third, behind the candidates from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats. He achieved more success being elected to Hackney borough council, winning the supposedly safe Labour seat of Queensbridge in a by-election in 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.
Boff ran for Mayor of Hackney for a third time in 2010. A booklet containing election statements from every candidate was distributed to every voter in the borough, but excluded Boff, due to the council's confusion over whether the statements he made about the cost of the mayoralty were legally admissible. By the time they decided that they were, it was too late to print, and the council compounded this by telling voters that enquired that Boff wasn't running. In the end, Boff fell to third place, behind the Labour incumbent and the Liberal Democrats.
He is an information technology consultant and is openly gay. Boff is a libertarian, and an outspoken proponent of direct democracy, having prominently publicised the issue at London mayoral hustings and on ConservativeHome.