Bob Blackman (politician)

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Robert Blackman
Bob Blackman MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Harrow East
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Tony McNulty
Majority 3,403 (7.1%)
Member of the London Assembly
for Brent and Harrow
In office
10 June 2004 – 1 May 2008
Preceded by Toby Harris
Succeeded by Navin Shah
Personal details
Born (1956-04-26) 26 April 1956 (age 60)[1]
Kensington, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Nicola Blackman
Alma mater University of Liverpool

Robert John Blackman (born 26 April 1956), better known as Bob Blackman, is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Harrow East since the 2010 general election. He was also a member of the London Assembly, and the Conservative Friends of Israel group.


Blackman was Head Boy at Preston Manor High School, where he now serves as a school governor; and was president of University of Liverpool Students Union. He joined the sales team of Burroughs Machines (later Unisys) on graduation. He worked in various sales and management positions for BT and worked at their training school in Milton Keynes as a tutor[2] and later as a Regulatory Compliance Manager for BT[3] until his election to Parliament.

Political career[edit]

Blackman was a council member in the London Borough of Brent from 1986 to 2010, representing Preston Ward.[4] He was the leader of the Conservative group on Brent council from 1990 to 2010, having been council leader between 1991 and 1996. He stood as a parliamentary candidate for Brent South at the 1992 election, for Bedford at the 1997 election, and for Brent North at the 2005 election.

He was elected as a member of the London Assembly at the 2004 assembly elections, taking the constituency seat of Brent and Harrow, defeating Toby Harris who had been a successful rival candidate for the seat at the 2000 elections. He was elected as the Conservative's Group Whip on the London Assembly.

In the 2008 elections, Blackman lost his seat to the Labour candidate, Navin Shah by a 1,649 votes.[5] In 2012, Shah managed to secure the seat by almost 30,000 votes.

From June 2006 to May 2010, he was also Deputy Leader of Brent Council, the Conservatives having formed a coalition with the Liberal Democrats.


In the 2010 general election, Blackman gained the Harrow East constituency from Labour's Tony McNulty.

In 2010 he was appointed as a member to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.[6]

Smoking and Health[edit]

He called for the adoption of plain packaging legislation for cigarettes,[7] and supported Cameron's plan calling for energy companies to provide simplified energy bills to their customers.[8] On 1 July 2015, Blackman was elected Chair of the All Party Political Group on Smoking and Health, of which he had been the secretary for some time.[9]

Opposition to same sex marriage bill[edit]

In December 2012, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his approval for same-sex marriage.[10] In response, on Friday 7 December 2012, Blackman told the BBC News Channel that David Cameron's backing of religious same-sex marriages was wrong on "principle" and that marriage had to be "between one man and one woman".[11] According to the Harrow Times, he was accused of hypocrisy by a former fellow Brent council colleague who claimed she had an 11-year affair with him whilst he was married.[12]

On 5 February 2013 MP Bob Blackman rebelled, voting against the bill in the House of Commons Second Reading vote on marriage equality in Britain.[13]

Other interests[edit]

Blackman has been part of a number of delegations of the Conservative Friends of Israel group,[14] including during the Operation Defensive Shield conflict when he visited for an Israeli military briefing on the Iron Dome defence system.[15]


Blackman supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum.[16]


In 2015, the Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) made a judgement that Blackman had submitted 732 inaccurate mileage claims, for example claiming 10 miles worth of petrol for a journey of 2 miles.[17] He was subsequently ordered to pay back £1,006.20.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Blackman is married to former councillor Nicola Blackman, and the couple live in Wembley.


  1. ^ "Bob Blackman MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Biography". Bob Blackman. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Blackman responds to statement on the Leveson Inquiry". DeHaviland. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Brent & Harrow 2008 Election Result". BBC News. BBC. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bob Blackman". UK Parliament Website. UK Parliament. Retrieved 8 January 2012. []
  7. ^ Emma Innes (30 November 2012). "Harrow MP calls for cigarettes to be sold in plain packets (From Harrow Times)". Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Emma Innes (21 November 2012). "Harrow East MP supports government energy plans (From Harrow Times)". Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Blackman, Bob (2 July 2015). "Delighted to be elected Chairman of APPG for Action on Smoking & Health". Twitter. [better source needed]
  10. ^ "Gay marriage: David Cameron backs church role". BBC News. BBC. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Joe Murphy, "Anti-homosexual Section 28 was right for schools, says Tory MP", London Evening Standard, 10 December 2012 [1]
  12. ^ Emma Innes (17 December 2012). "Harrow East MP Bob Blackman at heart of national newspaper storm". Harrow Times. Retrieved 25 November 2015. 
  13. ^ {} The House of Commons.2013.Marriage (Same Sex Couples)Bill 2012–2013.
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  16. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  17. ^ Datoo, Siraj (17 March 2015). "Tory MP Pays Back His Expenses After Making 734 "Inaccurate" Claims". BuzzFeed. 
  18. ^ "Tory MP Bob Blackman's 'inaccurate mileage claims'". BBC News. 4 February 2015. 
  19. ^ Ben Riley-Smith (26 May 2015). "Expenses and sex scandal deleted from MPs' Wikipedia pages by computers inside Parliament". London. 

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