Supporting our Armed Forces

The armed forces are a key part of the identity of West Oxfordshire.  RAF Brize Norton is the largest military air base in Europe and home to a third of the Royal Air Force, and those who live and work at the base contribute strongly to our community.

As the Vice Chair (RAF) for the Armed Forces APPG, and with a personal interest in the RAF, I am working hard in Parliament to speak up on behalf of our armed forces and helping to ensure that West Oxfordshire remains a military hub for years to come.


Robert joins residents for Carterton Play and Activity Day

Robert said, "Armed Forces Day is a chance to thank those who serve and have served - to support not only those men & women who make up the armed forces community, but also the families who support them, and the veterans for whom we all have so much respect.

Robert presents his petition on British Service Personnel (Veterans)

Robert said, "Those who have protected us deserve in turn to be protected, to live their lives in peace with the full knowledge of their country’s gratitude, ​and to know that they will not be pursued in old age, and not be the subject of repeated prosecutions over events that occurred many years

Protecting Veterans Petition

The treatment of Dennis Hutchings who served in Northern Ireland in the 1970s has brought the scandal of historic allegations against veterans into the public arena in recent weeks.

Robert welcomes Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme to RAF Brize Norton

Robert said, "It was a huge honour to welcome my colleagues from the cross-party Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme to RAF Brize Norton, here in the heart of West Oxfordshire: the largest base in the Royal Air Force and key to all the UK's movements, transport and tanking operations.

Robert Courts welcomes Secretary of State for Defence to RAF Brize Norton

Robert Courts welcomed the Secretary of State for Defence and Chief of the Air Staff ACM Sir Stephen Hillieron to RAF Brize Norton.  It was a real pleasure to show where the hard-working servicemen and women of West Oxfordshire work.  But I think all of us know that Ally the RAF Police dog was th

'Grateful for the resolute response to Salisbury'

You can read my latest monthly column for the Witney Gazette, here:

Here in West Oxfordshire, we have a unique tie to the armed forces, as we have the largest military airport in Europe, and the home of one third of the RAF, at Brize Norton.