Roberts was educated at Whitwood Technical College and worked as a mining engineer and mines inspector for the Yorkshire Safety Board 1941-51. He was elected a councillor on Rothwell Urban District Council 1937-51, serving as chair in 1948.
Roberts was Member of Parliament for Normanton from 1951 to 1983. His career was controversial for his support for Francisco Franco, his relationship with the corrupt architect John Poulson and his regular votes in favour of capital punishment. His successor was Bill O'Brien. He was vice-chairman of the British branch of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
- Robert Waller, Almanac of British Politics, Taylor & Francis, 7 Mar 1996, page 619
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1966 and 1979
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Albert Roberts
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