Robert Courts was elected as the Member of Parliament for Witney and West Oxfordshire in the by-election in October 2016, and has been proudly serving the area since that time. Since his election to Parliament, he has served on the Backbench Business Committee from 2016 to January 2018. Robert was made a Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in January 2018.
Robert supports a number of groups in Parliament, was elected to the chairmanship of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Small and Micro-businesses and has founded and chairs the APPG for Community Transport; he is also the Vice-Chair (RAF) for the APPG for the Armed Forces.
Robert was re-elected in the General Election in 2017, increasing his majority to 21,000 votes in just 8 months.
Robert lives with his wife, Kathryn, and son in Bladon.
Before his election to Parliament, Robert was a self-employed barrister for some twelve years. His practice, at 3 Paper Buildings in Oxford, focused primarily on personal injury and clinical negligence, with a trading standards prosecution specialism. Alongside his work at the Bar, Robert was elected as the District Councillor for The Bartons ward in 2014. Robert became Deputy Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council in 2016, standing down when he was elected to Parliament. He remained a District Councillor until May 2017, but donated his West Oxfordshire councillor's allowance for that period to the Our Bus Bartons local bus company.
Outside of his professional life, Robert volunteers for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance as a speaker, attending events and has appeared on television on behalf of the charity. Robert is also a member of the St Martin's Church, Bladon, Parochial Church Council. Robert has been a member of the Churchill Centre for many years, and reviews books about Churchill in the quarterly journal, Finest Hour.
In his spare time, Robert is an accomplished blues guitarist and enjoys cycling, swimming, and hiking. He is also a diver, giving him a great interest in the maritime environment; he is a member of the Maritime Conservation Society.
Robert is also a member of the Cotswold Line Promotion Group, the Bucks, Beds and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, CTC - the Cycling Charity, and supports military charities.