Robert Buckland

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Robert Buckland MP
Member of Parliament
for South Swindon
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Anne Snelgrove
Majority 3,544 (7.5%)
Personal details
Born (1968-09-22) 22 September 1968 (age 45)
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Sian
Alma mater Inns of Court School of Law, University of Durham
Occupation Barrister, Crown Court Recorder

Robert James Buckland[1] (born 22 September 1968)[2] is a British barrister and Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Swindon South, having won the seat from the Labour Party at the 2010 general election. Buckland is a supporter of Britain's membership of the European Union.


Robert Buckland was born in Llanelli in 1968, and was educated at St Michael's School Llanelli and Hatfield College, Durham, where he became Secretary of the Junior Common Room and President of the Union Society. He graduated in Law in 1990. He was a member of Dyfed County Council from 1993 to 1996. Buckland became the Conservative Candidate for South Swindon in 2004, but he lost to Anne Snelgrove in the 2005 General Election, who won by a narrow majority of 1,353 votes

Islwyn by-election, 1995[edit]

He stood for the Conservatives in this by-election, losing his deposit.

2005 general election[edit]

In 2005, Buckland was selected at the prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Swindon South, replacing former MP Simon Coombs Conservative candidate for Swindon South for the 2005 general election.Following the decision not to stand for re-election of the popular sitting Labour MP, Julia Drown. Buckland lost to the new Labour candidate from the centrally driven Women only shortlist, Anne Snelgrove, who achieved 17,534 votes to his 16,181.

2010 general election[edit]

In the 2010 general election, Buckland won the South Swindon seat with a majority of 3,544 seats, a swing of 5.51% to the Conservatives, defeating the incumbent MP Anne Snelgrove. In total, he won 19,687 votes, (41.8% of the total). Snelgrove only acquired 16,143 votes, losing 5.9% of previous Labour support to the Conservatives.


In 2010, Buckland was elected, to the Justice Select Committee. 2012, Buckland along with fellow Tory MP Stuart Andrew, called for prisoners' mobile phones to be destroyed or sold in order to raise money for victims' charities, saying that mobiles in prison were a "menace" and that selling them would provide a service to the country, as it costs £20,000 a year to store criminals phones. They were both supported by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Legal Aid and Legal Services Jeremy Wright and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice Sadiq Khan.[3] He is Chair of the All Party Group on Autism. He is a supporter of the Free Enterprise Group.[4]

On 4 December 2012 Buckland was elected Joint Secretary of the influential 1922 Backbench Committee. He is also Chair of the Conservative Human Rights Commission.


  1. ^ "The London Gazette". Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Robert Buckland MP". BBC Democracy Live (BBC). Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "BBC News - MP bids to allow prisoners' mobile phones to be sold off". 14 September 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Welcome | Free Enterprise Group". Retrieved 17 October 2012. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Anne Snelgrove
Member of Parliament for South Swindon