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Sir Robert James Atkins PC (born 5 February 1946 in London) is a British Conservative politician. Educated at Highgate School, he was the Member of Parliament for Preston North and South Ribble from 1979 to 1997 and became a Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region in 1999. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the country and is a Freeman of the City of London.

He was made a member of the Privy Council in 1995 and was a minister in the following positions:

  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1987 to 1989)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (1989 to 1990)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment and Minister for Sport (1990)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education and Science and Minister for Sport (1990 to 1992)
  • Minister of State, Northern Ireland (1992 to 1994)
  • Minister of State for Environment and Countryside (1994 to 1995)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ronald Atkins
Member of Parliament for Preston North
19791983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for South Ribble
19831997
Succeeded by
David Borrow
Political offices
Preceded by
Colin Moynihan
Minister for Sport
1990 – 1992
Succeeded by
Robert Key







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