Robert Buckland

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Robert Buckland QC MP
Robert Buckland, Solicitor General for England and Wales.jpg
Solicitor General for England and Wales
Assumed office
15 July 2014
Preceded by Oliver Heald
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 46)
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 QC[1] (born 22 September 1968)[2] is a British barrister and Conservative Party politician. He is the current Solicitor General for England and Wales and 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 in the town and at Hatfield College, Durham, where he became Secretary of the Junior Common Room and President of the Durham 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]

Buckland stood for the Conservatives in the by-election for the Welsh constituency of Islwyn caused by the appointment of Neil Kinnock as European Commissioner. The by-election was held at a time of unpopularity for the Major government, and was won by the Labour candidate, Don Touhig. Buckland came fourth and lost his deposit after polling 3.9%.

2005 general election[edit]

In 2005, Buckland was selected as the Conservative Party's prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Swindon South, replacing former MP Simon Coombs who had represented Swindon between 1983 and 1997, and had unsuccessfully contested the seat in 2001. At the 2005 general election, Buckland lost to Labour candidate Anne Snelgrove, who polled 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 votes, a swing of 5.51% to the Conservatives, defeating the incumbent MP Anne Snelgrove. He obtained 19,687 votes, (41.8% of the total) compared to 16,143 votes for Snelgrove.


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. On 15 July 2014, Buckland was appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales, replacing Oliver Heald as part of a wide-ranging government reshuffle.[5] Shortly after the reshuffle, his appointment attracted criticism[6][7] from the opposition over a censure he had received from the Bar of England and Wales. His Labour shadow, Emily Thornberry claimed that his appointment "makes a mockery of that position to have it occupied by someone who has been found guilty of professional misconduct". In response, the Attorney General's office argued that Buckland's breach had been "minor" and that the censure "was removed from the Bar records after two years and therefore Mr Buckland was not required to declare it upon appointment as Solicitor General."[8]


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