Bob is the Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight parliamentary constituency, elected on 8th June 2017. He is committed to representing all Islanders, regardless of political affiliation, fighting for the interests of the community as a whole.
Bob lives in Mottistone. He is the sixth generation to be involved in community life on the Isle of Wight.
Between 2013 and 2017, Bob represented over 3,000 residents in Central Wight (the parishes of Brighstone, Shorwell, Rookley and Chillerton & Gatcombe) on the Isle of Wight Council. He was re-elected in May 2017 with 75% of the vote, before stepping down in December 2017 to concentrate on his parliamentary duties.
After the decision by incumbent Andrew Turner not to fight the 2017 general election, Bob was chosen as the new candidate for the Isle of Wight seat on 5th May, winning the selection contest on the first round.
After a 33-day General Election campaign Bob won the Isle of Wight constituency with 38,190 votes, increasing the Conservative vote share by 11% and 9,599 votes, winning 51.3% of the vote.
During his campaign, Bob argued that the Island needed a better deal from Government, and that is what he is now focused on.
In Parliament, he serves as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Bob is also Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on UK Islands, focused on promoting the needs of island communities within Great Britain and Northern Ireland.