Robert Syms

MP, Poole

Poole Conservative

Robert Syms campaigned to leave the European Union

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Robert Syms’s voting in Parliament

Robert Syms is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.

However, Robert Syms sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Robert Syms generally voted for a wholly elected House of Lords, while most Conservative MPs generally voted against. Show votes

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Robert Syms has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • EU Referendum: Energy and Environment 12 Jul 2016

    It is a pleasure to speak in today’s debate. Oppositions, being Oppositions, often fire questions at Governments and this is a particularly difficult time for a Government to answer all the questions. We are about to change Prime Minister, there will probably be a substantial reshuffle in the Government and Ministers will then get down to dealing with the consequences of what the...
  • EU Referendum: Energy and Environment 12 Jul 2016

    Of course, things move on. My basic point is that just because we are out of the EU does not mean this Parliament cannot make sensible decisions about how to protect our citizens from things such as the hon. Lady mentions.
  • EU Referendum: Energy and Environment 12 Jul 2016

    I shall make a little progress, if I may. My guess is that we will have enabling legislation and we will deal at our leisure with the consequences of Britain leaving in terms of the detail and the European directives we have signed over the years, with this Government and future Governments determining their priorities. I now wish to talk about energy. I am sure that when the Secretary of...

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Conservative MP for Poole

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election


Topics of interest

  • Health
  • Transport
  • Local Government and the Regions
  • Deputy Prime Minister
  • Home Department
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Trade Unions
  • Departmental Marketing
  • Illegal Immigrants
  • Building Regulations
  • Fluoride

Currently held offices

  • The Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury (since 17 Jul 2016)

Other offices held in the past

  • Chair, High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons) Committee (8 Jun 2015 to 22 Feb 2016)
  • Member, High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons) Committee (30 Mar 2015 to 8 Jun 2015)
  • Chair, High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons) Committee (6 May 2014 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons) Committee (29 Apr 2014 to 6 May 2014)
  • Member, Finance and Services Committee (10 Dec 2013 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Administration Committee (28 Oct 2013 to 8 Dec 2014)
  • Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) (6 Sep 2012 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • Member, Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills (Joint Committee) (15 Mar 2011 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Liaison Committee (Commons) (27 Jul 2010 to 10 Dec 2012)
  • Chair, Regulatory Reform Committee (27 Jul 2010 to 3 Dec 2012)
  • Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 27 Jul 2010)
  • Member, Draft Marine Bill (Joint Committee) (8 May 2008 to 22 Jul 2008)
  • Member, Health Committee (22 Oct 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (10 May 2005 to 3 Jul 2007)
  • Shadow Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (1 Jun 2003 to 5 May 2005)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (28 Feb 2003 to 1 Jun 2003)
  • Member, Transport Committee (22 Jul 2002 to 25 Mar 2003)
  • Vice-Chair, Conservative Party (1 Jul 2001 to 1 Jul 2002)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Transport and the Regions) (1 Jun 1999 to 1 Jun 2001)
  • Member, Procedure Committee (5 Nov 1998 to 26 Nov 1999)
  • Member, Health Committee (14 Jul 1997 to 13 Nov 2000)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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  • Has spoken in 6 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs. See all Robert Syms’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 6 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 88.86% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 3 annotations on this MP’s speeches — average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 16–17 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 437 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 17 Oct 2016.

7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
Marden Holdings Ltd - family business with interests in property.
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
I employ my wife Fiona Syms as a part time Senior Parliamentary Assistant.

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