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John Robertson MP

Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North West
Glasgow Anniesland (2000-2005)
Assumed office 
23 November 2000
Preceded by Donald Dewar
Majority 10,093 (29.6%)

Born 17 April 1952 (1952-04-17) (age 57)
Nationality Scottish
Political party Labour

John Robertson (born 17 April 1952, Glasgow) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom, and Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West.

He is currently a member of the Government through his role as PPS to the Rt Hon Yvette Cooper, who is the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.[1]


Early life

John Robertson left school and started work for the GPO (P.O. then British Telecom then BT) on 14 July, 1969 as a TTA (Trainee Technician Apprentice) and three years later became a Technician 2A when his initial apprenticeship ended. Robertson then trained for a further two years and became a Technical Officer.[2]

In December 1991, he was promoted to management where he stayed until he was given Voluntary Release in September 2000.[3]

Parliamentary career

He joined the Labour Party in 1984 and was first elected to parliament in 2000, at a by-election on 23 November following the death of Donald Dewar, the First Minister of Scotland. He was re-elected at the 2001 election, and after constituency boundaries were redrawn for the 2005 election, he was returned for the larger constituency of Glasgow North West.[4]

In November 2008, Robertson was one of 18 MPs who signed a Commons motion backing a Team GB football team at the 2012 Olympics, saying football "should not be any different from other competing sports and our young talent should be allowed to show their skills on the world stage". The football governing bodies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all opposed to a Great Britain team, fearing it would stop them competing as individual nations in future tournaments.

John Robertson MP has rebelled against the Government on three occasions, notably on the main vote prior to the Iraq War.[5] The other occasions were on the declassification of cannabis from a class B to class C drug, something which he has subsequently spoke out on.[6] The only other occasion was over the increase of the number of MSPs at the Scottish Parliament during the Scotland Parliament Bill.[7]

He is currently Chair All Party Parliamentary Nuclear Energy Group and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Communications (apComms)[8] and a member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committeeand the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Nuclear Energy Group, Chair of All Party Parliamentary Music Groups, Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria and Angola.[9]


John Robertson managed to change the law for blind people when he managed to get the Government to accept the amendment he tabled to the Welfare Reform Bill.[10] It changed the rules from 1992 which restricted the higher rate of mobility allowance to people who were physically unable to walk, which meant that a blind person who could walk was denied this extra support for getting around. Under the old rules, discrimination occurred against people with a sensual disability, in favour of a physical disability, when it should really have been looking at mobility.

Personal life

He was married to wife Eleanor in 1973 and they have three daughters; Wendy, Jennifer and Laura.[11]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Donald Dewar
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Anniesland
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West


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