Rt Hon Robert Halfon

Valedictory Speech

Robert Halfon was the Member of Parliament for Harlow from 2010 until 2024 and served twice as Minister for Skills and  Apprenticeships, more recently with additional responsibility for higher education. Robert chaired the House of Commons Education Select Committee between 2017 and 2022, and previously served as a Minister without Portfolio attending Cabinet and Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party.

Robert now works privately under the banner of Ladder of Opportunity Consulting, offering strategic advice to employers, education institutions and other organisations on education, skills, social mobility and social justice. 

Highlights of Robert's distinguished career include:

  • Former Member of Parliament for Harlow 2010-2024
  • Minister of State at the Department for Education (2016 to 2017 & 2022 to 2024)
  • Minister without Portfolio attending Cabinet (2015 to 2016)
  • Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party (2015 to 2016)
  • PPS to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP (2014 to 2015)
  • Lifetime Privy Counsellor using the title Rt Hon
  • Minister of the Year 2024
  • Spectator Backbencher of the Year 2022
  • AC Special Recognition Award 2018
  • Spectator Campaigner of the Year 2013