|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.
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 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. From May 2005, he has served as the Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland. He was not given a ministerial position in the 2010 Parliament, but served as chair of the Northern Ireland Committee
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 2014 he was one of seven MPs who voted against The Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill which required employers to reveal details of their gender pay gap. In the same year he voted for a reduction in welfare benefits.
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.
He married Susan Lees in May 1989 in Bolton, but they have since divorced and on the 7th February 2015 he married his long term girlfriend Annie Adams.
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- Tewkesbury Conservatives
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- Ordered out of the Commons in March 2005
- Naming an irish bomber in October 2004
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- "Second Tory says sorry in race row". BBC News. 2001-05-01. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
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- "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