Whilst Rob was brought up down the road in North London, his relative owned John Walton Clothes Shop that was in Harlow Town Centre for many years and opened by Arthur Aske in the 1950s.
Like so many local residents Rob loves football and goes to Harlow Town F.C. occasionally, although he is a staunch Chelsea supporter. Rob also loves watches and has a huge collection.
Rob is a huge curry fan. He loves reading and adores the countryside.
Rob enjoys travel too. He was privileged to go to Rwanda to teach English on a special project called Umabano (fellowship), which he found a moving and wonderful experience.
Every day Rob receives letters, emails and phone messages from local people asking him for assistance or offering their views on issues of the day.
As MP, Rob does his best to help all those who contact him. He works closely with local volunteers, councillors and others to try and solve difficult problems.
Rob has been lucky to have the help of some amazing volunteers who care deeply about this constituency and want to make Harlow and the surrounding villages an even better place to live.
One of the best things about Harlow is its wonderful community spirit. Rob is enjoying being involved in community activities. He has worked closely with the Harlow Homeless Centre (Streets to Homes) and was a Patron. He also supports Harlow Alzheimer's Society. In 2009 and 2007, Rob completed a sponsored swim (over two hours non-stop), for the Alzheimers Society. Rob also went on a sponsored diet for Harlow Mind in 2004! Rob is a Trustee of Harlow Employability, which helps those with disabilities and mental health issues find work.
As a former Parish Councillor in Roydon for a number of years, Rob has a good understanding of village issues, and campaigns strongly against building on greenbelt land, as well as the imposition of extra Traveller's sites. He was also an active campaigner in the fight to stop a second runway being built at Stansted Airport.
Rob is campaigning hard for Apprenticeships in Harlow and employed the first ever MP`s Apprentice, Andy Huckle. He is also working hard to establish a Royal Society of Apprentices and a special Apprenticeship card to students. His Maiden Speech focused on the subject of boosting Apprenticeships across the United Kingdom.
Rob has also been campaigning hard to support Police Community Support Officers (PCSO's), trying to introduce an Amendment in Parliament for a special Council Tax discount for those that are PCSO's.
In Harlow town, anti-social behaviour, education and housing are the issues Robert campaigns about frequently. There is also much frustration about the ever increasing-traffic and that is why Robert started a campaign over 2 years ago called www.fedupwithharlowtraffic.org This campaign is calling for an extra by-pass (junction 7a) on the M11, to relieve our tremendous traffic problems.