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, and was elected to the chairmanship of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Small and Micro-businesses; he is also closely involved with the APPG for the Armed Forces.
Robert lives with his wife, Kathryn, and baby son, Henry, 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. He is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses.
Robert spent a period working for the New Zealand Government's Crown Law Office in Wellington in 2008.
Alongside his work at the Bar, Robert was elected as the District Councillor for The Bartons ward in 2014, being promoted to the Cabinet in 2015. 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 in his Council ward.
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. This is the church where Sir Winston Churchill is buried, and in 2015 Robert organised the Churchill Memorial Window campaign which raised £40,000. Robert has been a member of the Churchill Centre for many years, and regularly 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.
Robert's Parliamentary page can be seen here.