Andrew Gilbert was selected as the Conservative Party's parliamentary candidate for Birkenhead in February 2009.
He is 35 years old and was educated at a comprehensive school before studying law at the University of East Anglia. He became a family law solicitor but currently works as a university law lecturer. He was the first member of his family to attend university and believes good quality education is the key to the country's future development.
A fan of politician and philanthropist William Wilberforce, Mr Gilbert is an expert in the topic of human trafficking, about which he has researched, written and spoken in the international arena. He holds the values of personal responsibility, family support, public integrity and a belief in the importance of the community in particularly high regard. He is also a Christian.
His hobbies include sailing his dinghy, socialising with friends and going to the gym when he can. His wife Rebecca gave birth to the couple's first child in October last year.
Mr Gilbert is honoured to be standing in the elections as a candidate for Birkenhead because his family have lived in the constituency for more than a century. His manifesto promises to offer voters an alternative way of dealing with local problems such as crime, education and unemployment.