Robert was born in 1956. He was educated at Colston's School, Bristol and has a Road Haulage Managers (CPC) Certificate. He has two children, Imogen and Nicholas, and separated from Fiona in early 2006.
Robert is currently a Member of the Administration Select Committee. He regularly serves on Bill Committees scrutinising legislation. He has recently been serving on the Immigration Bill, the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill and the Crime and Courts Bill.
Robert served as a member of the Coalition Government from September 2012 to October 2013. He was a Government Whip with responsibility for the Home Office and the Energy and Climate Change Departments during this time. Robert was Chairman of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee from 2010 to 2012.
He is a former Managing Director of a Building and Plant Hire Group and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (F.C.I.O.B).
Robert was first elected MP for Poole in 1997 and re-elected in 2010 with his biggest majority.
In December 1999 he was appointed as Frontbench Spokesman for environment, transport and the regions. In September 2001, he was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party. In March 2003, he was also appointed as an Opposition Whip. From November 2003 to July 2007, he served as a Shadow Minister for Local Government. He served from 2008 to 2010 as a member of the Health Select Committee.
Telephone: 01202 739922
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Postal Address: 38 Sandbanks Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 8BX
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