Bob Neill was born on 24th June 1952 and educated at Abbs Cross Grammar School, Hornchurch. He went on to study Law at the London School of Economics, which led to a successful career as a barrister specialising in criminal law.
After serving as a councillor in Havering, and later as a London Assembly member – during which time he led the Conservative group – Bob was elected as the Member of Parliament for Bromley & Chislehurst in a by-election in June 2006, following the sudden death of The Rt. Hon. Eric Forth.
Shortly after entering Parliament, Bob served on the Justice Select Committee and was appointed as the Shadow London Minister, joining the Shadow Communities & Local Government team. In 2008 he was made Shadow Local Government Minister and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.
In May 2010, Bob was elected for a second term as MP for Bromley & Chislehurst. He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government until September 2012, with responsibilities for the Fire Service, Thames Gateway, the Olympics, local government and planning. In September 2012, he was made Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for Local Government.
Bob was re-elected for a third term in May 2015, shortly after which he was elected on a cross-party basis as Chairman of Parliament’s Justice Select Committee. Following the General Election on 8 June 2017, he was returned by his colleagues to this important role.
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