Robert Atkins (politician)

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The Right Honourable
Sir Robert Atkins
MEP
Sir Robert Atkins (Martin Rulsch) 1.jpg
Member of Parliament
for South Ribble
In office
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
Preceded by constituency established
Succeeded by David Borrow
Member of Parliament
for Preston North
In office
3 May 1979 – 1 May 1983
Preceded by Ronald Atkins
Succeeded by constituency abolished
Member of the European Parliament
for North West England
In office
10 June 1999 – 2 July 2014
Preceded by constituency established
Personal details
Born Robert James Atkins
(1946-02-05) 5 February 1946 (age 68)
Political party Conservative

Sir Robert James Atkins (born 5 February 1946 in London) is a British Conservative politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Preston North from 1979 to 1983, and then for South Ribble from 1983 to 1997. He served as Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region from 1999 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Atkins was born on 5 February 1946 in London, England. He was educated at Highgate School, then an all-boys independent school in Highgate, London.[1]

Political career[edit]

Atkins began his political career at a local level. He served as a councillor for the London Borough of Haringey from 1968 to 1977.

He was the Member of Parliament for Preston North from 1979 to 1983, and for South Ribble from 1983 to 1997. From 1984 to 1987 he was President of Conservative Trade Unionists. He was made a member of the Privy Council in 1995 and was a minister in the following positions:

  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1987 to 1989)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (1989 to 1990)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment and Minister for Sport (1990)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science and Minister for Sport (1990 to 1992)
  • Minister of State, Northern Ireland (1992 to 1994)
  • Minister of State for Environment and Countryside (1994 to 1995)

He later became a Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region in 1999. He was Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament until November 2007 and was Chief Whip there from November 2008 to November 2009. He was Conservative Spokesman on Industry and External Trade from 2001–2004, and was Spokesman on Regional Policy, Transport and Tourism from 1999-2001.) He is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Transport & Tourism Committee. He stood down at the 2014 European Elections.[2]

Honours[edit]

Atkins was knighted in the 1997 Dissolution Honours List in recognition of his service as a Member of Parliament, as Minister of State for Northern Ireland and as Minister of State for the Environment.[3] He is a Freeman of the City of London.

References[edit]

The Conservative Party website http://www.conservatives.com/People/Members_of_the_European_Parliament/Atkins_Robert.aspx

  1. ^ "Robert James ATKINS". People of Today. Debrett's. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "MEP Sir Robert Atkins to bow out of role". Lancashire Evening Post. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54850. p. 8911. 1 August 1997. Retrieved 28 May 2014.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ronald Atkins
Member of Parliament for Preston North
19791983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for South Ribble
19831997
Succeeded by
David Borrow
Political offices
Preceded by
Colin Moynihan
Minister for Sport
1990–1992
Succeeded by
Robert Key