Andrew Lewer was born in 1971, and attended Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Ashbourne before going on to university first at Newcastle then at Cambridge. Andrew was first elected to local government office in 2003, at Derbyshire Dales District Council before being elected to Derbyshire County Council in 2005, where he became Leader of the County Council in 2009. He was awarded the MBE for his services to local government after Leading Derbyshire County Council from 2009 to 2013. He was elected to the European Parliament representing the East Midlands in May 2014. Andrew, who was the Deputy Leader of the Local Government Association (LGA) for a time and Chairman of the Culture Toursim and Sport Board, is now a Vice President of the LGA.