|Member of Parliament
1 May 1997
|Preceded by||new constituency|
29 March 1958 |
Bolton, Lancashire, England
|Alma mater||University of Bolton|
Laurence Anthony Robertson (born 29 March 1958, Bolton, Lancashire) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire since 1997. In May 2005, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland, a controversial choice given his opposition to the Good Friday Agreement.
His father was a miner, a postman, a delivery man then a milkman. His mother was an office worker in Manchester. He was educated at St James's C.E. Secondary Modern School on Lucas Road; Farnworth Grammar School on Manchester Road in Farnworth and Bolton Institute of Higher Education (now the University of Bolton), gaining a diploma in Management Services. His working life has also included him working as a charity fund-raising (where he claims to have raised over £1 million), public relations consultant, company director, factory owner from 1987-8, industrial management consultant from 1983-9, and work study engineer from 1977-83.
He married Susan Lees in May 1989 in Bolton. They have two step daughters, including Jemma. He has been actively involved in sports, especially golf, bowling,horses and marathons, of which he has completed 6, including the 1994 New York Marathon. Between 1988-1991, he has been Chairman of Governors of a primary school, a Visitor for Victim Support Scheme, and the Area Chairman for the Campaign for Law and Order.
He split with Susan in 2005, Susan still works as his office manager and controversially his partner also works for him both earning around £30,000 per year.
Following his 1997 Election to the House of Commons, he courted controversy in 2001 by offering support for John Townend over his controversial remarks about race; he later apologised for any offence caused by offering this support. In 2005, he advanced a Private Member's Bill to outlaw abortion altogether, making it an imprisonable offence except where the mother's life was at risk or where conception was due to rape.
In September 2001, he was appointed an Opposition Whip. In June 2003, was made Shadow Minister for Trade & Industry. In November 2003, he was appointed a Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs. Since May 2005, he has served as the Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland.
In September 2011 Robertson came under fire for paying both his wife and girlfriend on the government payroll one as his office manager on £35,000 per annum and another works as his senior secretary for £30,000 per annum. The average pay for the type of work carried out being £21,000 per annum.
In the 10 years between 2001 and 2011 and Mr Roberson claimed more than £1 million in MP's expenses and has staunchly criticized plans to change the expenses system.
In december 2014 an open letter to Robertson criticised him for failing to represent his constituents, highlighting his response to a letter regarding euthanasia.
Politically, he is a confirmed Eurosceptic and active in the EU pressure group Better Off Out and he is interested in the following areas: Law and Order, Education, European Policy, the Constitution, Small Businesses, the Economy and Rural Issues. He is also a member of the right-wing pressure group The Freedom Association.
- Robertson's website
- Laurence Robertson MP Biography at the site of the Conservative Party
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Laurence Robertson MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Laurence Robertson MP
- Tewkesbury Conservatives
- The Public Whip - Laurence Robertson MP voting record
- BBC News - Laurence Robertson profile 10 February 2005
- Ordered out of the Commons in March 2005
- Naming an irish bomber in October 2004
- "Laurence Robertson MP: Personal In Detail". laurencerobertsonmp.com. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "People: Laurence Robertson". conservatives.com. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "Laurence Robertson: MP in the spotlight". BBC News. 2001-05-01. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "Second Tory says sorry in race row". BBC News. 2001-05-01. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "Private Member’s Bill to ban abortion - extreme and outrageous". Abortion Rights. 2005-05-22. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "Flood plain homes scheme deferred". BBC News. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury