Rob Marris

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Rob Marris
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Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton South West
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded by Paul Uppal
In office
7 June 2001 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Jenny Jones
Succeeded by Paul Uppal
Personal details
Born (1955-04-08) 8 April 1955 (age 60)
Wolverhampton, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Residence Penn Fields
Alma mater University of British Columbia

Robert Howard Marris (born 8 April 1955)[1] is a British Labour Party politician, who was returned in 2015 as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wolverhampton South West, having been elected (with a majority of 801) in the General Election of that year, and having previously held the seat from 2001 to 2010.

The son of Dr. Charles Marris and Margaret Marris JP, he was born in Wolverhampton and partially educated in the state system at Warstones Primary School, before attending Birchfield Preparatory School and St. Edward's School in Oxford. He then moved to Canada and spent some time as a lumberjack, before obtaining a double first in History and Sociology from the University of British Columbia.[1] He then completed a Master’s degree, working as a truck driver whilst finishing his thesis.[2] Having decided he wanted a career in law in the UK and not being eligible for a UK grant, he spent 3 years driving trolleybuses, followed by a period as a forest fire fighter during which time he joined Greenpeace, newly founded in Vancouver, becoming world member no. 204. He was also a member of the New Democratic Party,[2] Canada's counterpart to the Labour Party as members of the Socialist International. He served his articles of clerkship in Wolverhampton and went to work for Thompsons solicitors, whose work he says is 90% Trade Union related,[2] until he was elected to Parliament.[3]

On 8 July 2007, he became PPS to Shaun Woodward, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

In June 2008, Marris was cautioned after causing damage, which he said was unintentional, to a van which was impeding his access to a bus stop. [4]

In July 2008, Marris received the coveted "Backbencher of the Year" award.[5] Marris has spoken in a "well above average" number of parliamentary debates and has a "well above average" voting record.[6]

Marris emerged well from the May 2009 political scandal of MPs expenses disclosures[7] being listed as a "saint", with minimal claims for second home. However, he was defeated in the 2010 general election by Paul Uppal of the Conservative Party.

He is Honorary President of the Wolves on Wheels Cycle Campaign.[8]

In May 2013 Marris was selected as the Labour Party's Parliamentary candidate for Wolverhampton South West in the 2015 General Election.[3] The seat once belonged the controversial former MP Enoch Powell. In the run-up to the election, both Marris, his main opponent, Paul Uppal and even UKIP agreed that immigration was no longer a key issue.[9] Marris expressed concern about zero-hour contracts, foodbanks and workers earnings below living wages and whilst Uppal highlighted the improvement in community relations.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Rob Marris:Political profile". BBC news. 16 October 2002. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Ros Dodds (October 19, 2000). "Profile: Rob Marris - Key to a New Political Life". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 2 November 2014 – via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ a b "about Rob". Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Edwards, Richard (4 June 2008). "Labour MP Rob Marris cautioned for damaging van". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Jon Walker (20 June 2008). "Backbencher of the year Marris really has a mind of his own". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 26 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rob Marris Former MP Wolverhampton South West". Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "MPs' expenses: The saints (Part ii)". The Daily Telegraph (London). 18 May 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ a b Amelia Gentleman (29 April 2015). "Immigration: in Enoch Powell's former seat jobs and the economy matter more". Guardian newspapers. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jenny Jones
Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West
Succeeded by
Paul Uppal
Preceded by
Paul Uppal
Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West
2015 – present