Robert lives in Harlow, and was first elected Member of Parliament in 2010. He was re-elected in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections.
As well as being the MP for Harlow, Robert is Chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee.
Prior to his current role, Robert was Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and attended the Cabinet as a Minister without portfolio from May 2015 to July 2016. Then, in July 2016, Robert was appointed as Minister of State for Higher Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Careers in the Department of Education – a role he held until the 2017 General Election.
Over the last five years, Robert Halfon has run a number of high-profile campaigns, including Petrol Promise, which called on the Government to lower fuel duty and cut petrol and diesel costs for hard-pressed motorists.
By the end of the last Parliament, he had successfully convinced George Osborne to scrap or delay every planned fuel duty increase since this Government came to power and the Chancellor thanked him in one of his Budgets for his work on this issue.
Robert has always worked to increase and improve apprenticeship opportunities in the UK. He was the first MP to employ a Parliamentary apprentice, which in 2012 gained him the label as “the best campaigning MP in Parliament today” by Conservative Home.
In 2013, Robert was also named “Campaigning MP of the Year” at the Spectator Magazine Awards.
Robert works hard within the community, supporting local charities and businesses, and holds regular MP Advice Surgeries to help residents.
Away from work, Robert is a huge curry fan, a supporter of Chelsea FC and an avid watch collector.
Although he was brought up in North London, his relative owned the John Walton Clothes Shop which was in Harlow Town Centre for many years, and opened by Arthur Askey in the 1950s.