Robert Syms

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Robert Syms
Robert Syms MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Poole
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by John Devereux Ward
Majority 15,789 (33.3%)
Personal details
Born (1956-08-15) 15 August 1956 (age 60)
Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) (1) Nicola Guy div. 1999
(2) Fiona Mellersh

Robert Andrew Raymond Syms (born 15 August 1956, [Chippenham ]]) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Poole in Dorset since 1997.

Early life[edit]

Syms was born in Chippenham in 1956 and educated at Colston's School.[1][2] He was leader of North Wiltshire District Council from 1984-7 and a Wiltshire County Councillor from 1985-97.[1] He was managing director of his family's plant hire firm in Bristol Road in Chippenham and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building.[2][1]

Business interests[edit]

He retains a directorship and shareholding in Marden Holdings Ltd headquartered in Bristol Road, Chippenham.[3]

Parliamentary career[edit]

He contested Walsall North in 1992.[4] He was elected to the House of Commons in the 1997 general election.[5]

Syms served on opposition front bench from 1998-2007[4]He was shadow spokesman for environment, transport and the regions between 1999-2001, an opposition whip for a few months in 2003, and shadow minister in the office of the deputy Prime Minister and for communities and local government between 2003-07.[2][4] He was also vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party between 2001 and 2002[2]

Syms was an Assistant Whip for the Coalition government between 2012 and 2013[4]

He has served on a variety of Select Committees, acting as Chair of the Regulatory Reform select committee from July 2010-September 2012.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Nicola Guy in March 1991 in Chippenham, but divorced in 1999. He married Fiona Mellersh in February 2000 in Kensington. They have a daughter (born July 2000) and a son (born November 2001). They are now separated.[6][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Robert Syms". Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Robert Syms bio". Conservatives. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "House of Commons - The Register of Members' Financial Interests 5 Mar 2012". UK Parliament website. UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Robert Syms". UK Parliament. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Robert Syms". UK Parliament. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Tory MP's ex-wife rages at David Cameron over whip's sacking". Guardian. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Ward
Member of Parliament for Poole