Laurence Robertson

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Laurence Robertson
MP
Member of Parliament
for Tewkesbury
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by new constituency
Majority 6,310 (11.7%)
Personal details
Born (1958-03-29) 29 March 1958 (age 56)
Bolton, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Susan Lees
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.

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

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.[1][2]

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.

Political Life[edit]

He was a candidate in Makerfield in the 1987 General Election and Ashfield in 1992.[1][2]

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;[3] he later apologised for any offence caused by offering this support.[4] 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.[5]

Following widespread flooding in Tewkesbury throughout the 2000 decade, Robertson spoke out against building on flood plains.[6]

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.[2]

Politically, he is a confirmed Eurosceptic and active in the EU pressure group Better Off Out and he is nterested 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.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Laurence Robertson MP: Personal In Detail". laurencerobertsonmp.com. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "People: Laurence Robertson". conservatives.com. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Laurence Robertson: MP in the spotlight". BBC News. 2001-05-01. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Second Tory says sorry in race row". BBC News. 2001-05-01. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Private Member’s Bill to ban abortion - extreme and outrageous". Abortion Rights. 2005-05-22. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  6. ^ "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
1997present
Incumbent