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Robert Halfon
British Conservative Party politician

Robert Halfon

Robert Halfon
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Intro British Conservative Party politician
A.K.A. Robert Henry Halfon
Is Politician
From United Kingdom
Field Politics
Gender male
Birth 22 March 1969, London
Age 53 years
Robert Halfon
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Biography

Robert Henry Halfon (/ˈhælfɒn/) (born 22 March 1969) is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Minister of State for Education since 2016, and as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Harlow since 2010. He was re-elected with an increased majority of 8,350 in 2015.
On 11 May 2015, David Cameron appointed Halfon Minister without Portfolio (attending Cabinet) and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, succeeding Sarah Newton. Halfon was sworn of the Privy Council on 14 May 2015. On 17 July 2016 the new Prime Minister Theresa May appointed him Minister of State at the Department for Education.

Early life

Halfon was born to a British Jewish family living in Hampstead, London. His grandfather was an Italian Jew, living in Libya until forced to leave in 1968, after which he joined his son who had already moved to England. Halfon was born with a moderate version of spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, and underwent several major operations as a child, causing osteoarthritis in his early thirties.

He was educated at Highgate School, an independent school in London. He attended the University of Exeter, where he read for a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics before a Master of Arts in Russian and East European politics. Along with David Burrowes, Sajid Javid and Tim Montgomerie, he took over Exeter University's Conservative Association, turning Conservative Future from social to political activities. At Exeter he took the issue of compulsory membership of the National Union of Students to the European Human Rights Court, which decided his application was manifestly ill-founded.

Political career

Halfon worked as chief of staff for the Conservative MP Oliver Letwin before becoming political director for Conservative Friends of Israel. He contested the Harlow seat in the 2001 and 2005 general elections, losing by just 97 votes on the second occasion.

His third run for Harlow was successful and after the 2010 general election, he was elected to the executive of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs. He delivered his maiden speech in the House on 2 June 2010. He has been a member of the Public Administration Select Committee since 2010. On 19 July 2010 he hosted the launch of the Friends of Israel Initiative at the House of Commons.

On 18 July 2014 he was chosen by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to be his Parliamentary Private Secretary. Announcing the appointment, Osborne described Halfon as "a brilliant campaigner".

Trade unions

Halfon is a member of the Prospect trade union and a campaigner for Conservative supporters to become more involved in trade unions. In 2012, he published a pamphlet through the thinktank Demos called Stop the Union Bashing: Why Conservatives Should Embrace the Trade Union Movement, which relayed the history of trade unionism in the Conservative Party, and called for these links to be revived.

'Petrol Promise'

After winning his seat, Halfon founded the Petrol Promise campaign, an online website and petition calling for lower fuel tax and an official inquiry into the oil market due to the suspected manipulation of petrol prices. He is a supporter of the FairFuelUK pressure group and has raised the issue of cheaper petrol in Parliament. He also presented a petition calling for an inquiry into price-fixing at the Office of Fair Trading signed by 30,000 motorists in 2013. This led to Chancellor George Osborne calling him a "champion of the people he represents". He won The Spectator's Campaigner of the Year Award in 2013 for his work fighting to keep petrol duty low.

Apprenticeships

Halfon is a supporter of apprenticeships, and campaigned for a new university technical college to be built in Harlow, which was to open in September 2014. He set up the Parliamentary Academy, which encourages MPs to employ apprentices in Parliament. He had the first MP's apprentice in the House of Commons, and as of 2013 was on his third apprentice, who came from Harlow College. For his work on apprenticeships, Robert Halfon was also named Avanta's Politician of the Year in 2013.

Cost of living

Halfon has worked against utility companies making big profits. In 2013 he published a study of water companies in the Eastern region examining their profits, and called for an inquiry. He has called for a windfall tax to be imposed on energy companies who are found to be unnecessarily putting up prices to customers.

Halfon has talked about the need to reduce tax for workers, arguing that a near living wage could be achieved if the Government reintroduced the 10p band of income tax or increased the National Insurance threshold, citing this as an alternative to the living wage which he says could damage small, local businesses.

Alternative medicine

Halfon has signed several early day motions in support of National Health Service funding for homeopathy sponsored by Conservative MP David Tredinnick. Although Halfon signed these motions in 2010, he has since campaigned no further on these issues.

UK university donations

Halfon has been critical of donations received by UK universities from abroad, in particular the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Elections

General Election 2015: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Halfon 21,623 48.9 +4.0
Labour Suzy Stride 13,273 30.0 −3.7
UKIP Sam Stopplecamp 7,208 16.3 +12.7
Green Murray Sackwild 954 2.2 N/A
Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Seeff 904 2.0 −11.6
TUSC David Brown 174 0.4 N/A
English Democrat Eddy Butler 115 0.3 N/A
Majority 8,350 18.9 +7.7
Turnout 44,251 65.1 ±0.0
Conservative hold Swing +3.9
General Election 2010: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Robert Halfon 19,691 44.9% +4.1
Labour Bill Rammell 14,766 33.7% -7.7
Liberal Democrat David White 5,990 13.7% +0.7
BNP Eddy Butler 1,739 4.0% N/A
UKIP John Croft 1,591 3.6% +1.1
Christian Oluyemi Adeeko 101 0.2 +0.2
Majority 4,925 11.2
Turnout 43,878 65.1 +2.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.9%
General Election 2005: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bill Rammell 16,453 41.4 -6.4
Conservative Robert Halfon 16,356 41.2 +6.4
Liberal Democrat Lorna Spenceley 5,002 12.6 -0.8
UKIP John Felgate 981 2.5 -0.5
Veritas Anthony Bennett 941 2.4 +2.4
Majority 97 0.2
Turnout 39,733 62.6 +2.9
Labour hold Swing -6.4%
General Election 2001: Harlow
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bill Rammell 19,169 47.8 -6.3
Conservative Robert Halfon 13,941 34.8 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Lorna Spenceley 5,381 13.4 +4.0
UKIP Tony Bennett 1,223 3.0 +2.3
Socialist Alliance John Hobbs 401 1.0 N/A
Majority 5,228 13.0
Turnout 40,115 59.7 -14.6
Labour hold Swing

Personal life

Halfon's partner, Vanda Colombo, is Brazilian. Halfon supports Chelsea F.C. and is a member of the M.C.C.

In 2015 he admitted an affair after he was warned that a Conservative aide was trying to blackmail him over a relationship with a party activist. He also came under fire from The Guardian and The Mirror for claiming £30,000 in expenses to meet his lover.

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