|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Bill Rammell|
22 March 1969 |
North London, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||Exeter University|
Halfon was born to a British Jewish family. His grandfather was an Italian Jew, living in Libya until forced to leave in 1968, after which he joined his son who had already moved to England. Halfon was born with a moderate version of spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, and underwent several major operations as a child, causing osteoarthritis in his early thirties.
He was educated at Highgate School, and the University of Exeter, where he read for a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and a Master of Arts in Russian and East European politics. At Exeter he took the issue of compulsory membership of the National Union of Students to the European Human Rights courts, which decided his application was manifestly ill-founded.
Halfon initially worked as Chief of Staff for the Conservative MP Oliver Letwin and as Political Director for Conservative Friends of Israel. He contested the Harlow seat in both 2001 and 2005, losing by just 97 votes on the second occasion.
After the 2010 general election, he was elected to the executive of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs. He made his maiden speech on 2 June 2010. He has been a member of the Public Administration Select Committee since 2010. On 19 July 2010 he hosted the launch of the Friends of Israel Initiative at the House of Commons.
After winning his seat, Halfon founded the Petrol Promise campaign, an online website and petition calling for lower fuel tax and an official inquiry into the oil market due to the suspected manipulation of petrol prices. He is a firm supporter of the FairFuelUK pressure group and has raised the issue of cheaper petrol in Parliament.
UK university donations
|General Election 2010: Harlow|
|Liberal Democrat||David White||5,990||13.7%||+0.7|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+5.9%|
|General Election 2005: Harlow|
|Liberal Democrat||Lorna Spenceley||5,002||12.6||-0.8|
|General Election 2001: Harlow|
|Liberal Democrat||Lorna Spenceley||5,381||13.4||+4.0|
|Socialist Alliance||John Hobbs||401||1.0||N/A|
- "British Jews taking wait-and-see approach to unusual new coalition". Haaretz Newspaper (Israel). 13 May 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- "Election 2010: Harlow result". cityam.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Jessica Elgot (14 May 2010). "New Jewish ministers and the Miliband rivalry". Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- Robert Halfon (28 August 2011). "You CAN drop democracy from a B-52 bomber... and how I wish my grandfather had lived to see Gaddafi's demise". Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- Janet Murray (9 November 2011). "Robert Halfon ~ his story". FE Week. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- AS TO THE ADMISSIBILITY OF Application No. 16501/90 by Robert Henry HALFON against the United Kingdom (Report). European Commission of Human Rights. 12 April 1991. http://cmiskp.echr.coe.int/tkp197/viewhbkm.asp?key=57423. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- "Biography". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Leon Symons (27 May 2010). "1922 Committee success for Halfon". Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- "House of Commons Debates 02 June 2010 - Education and Health". Hansard (London). 2 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- "The Friends of Israel Initiative was launched to a rapturous reception at the British Parliament on Monday, July 19". Friends of Israel Initiative. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- "Friends of Israel Initiative - speeches". Henry Jackson Society. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- "ConservativeHome comment". Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- "Rob's Blog: Conservatives and Trade Unions". Retrieved 18 June 2011.
- "Petrol Promise campaign".
- "Fair Fuel UK campaign".
- Tredinnick, David (2010-06-29). "Early Day Motion #342 British Medical Association Motions on Homeopathy".
- Young, Alexander (2011-01-10). "Conservative MP decries LSE's "blood money"".
- Statement of Persons Nominated Harlow Council
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Harlow