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Robert Syms

Conservative - Poole

19,116 (37.9%) majority - 2019 General Election

First elected: 1st May 1997


Select Committees
Panel of Chairs (since October 2022)
Robert Syms is not a member of any APPGs
4 Former APPG memberships
British Hindus, Finland, Relocation, SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) House Builders
Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)
27th Jan 2020 - 24th Jan 2023
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
27th Jan 2020 - 24th Jan 2023
Finance Committee (Commons)
2nd Mar 2020 - 9th Mar 2020
Finance Committee (Commons)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)
30th Oct 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
17th Jul 2016 - 15th Jun 2017
Administration Committee
28th Nov 2016 - 3rd May 2017
High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons)
8th Jun 2015 - 22nd Feb 2016
High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons)
29th Apr 2014 - 22nd Feb 2016
Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills (Joint Committee)
15th Mar 2011 - 30th Mar 2015
High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Commons)
6th May 2014 - 30th Mar 2015
Finance and Services Committee
10th Dec 2013 - 30th Mar 2015
Administration Committee
28th Oct 2013 - 8th Dec 2014
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
6th Sep 2012 - 7th Oct 2013
Liaison Committee (Commons)
27th Jul 2010 - 10th Dec 2012
Regulatory Reform
26th Jul 2010 - 3rd Dec 2012
Regulatory Reform
27th Jul 2010 - 3rd Dec 2012
Health and Social Care Committee
22nd Oct 2007 - 6th May 2010
Draft Marine Bill (Joint Committee)
8th May 2008 - 22nd Jul 2008
Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)
10th May 2005 - 3rd Jul 2007
Shadow Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)
1st Jun 2003 - 5th May 2005
Opposition Whip (Commons)
28th Feb 2003 - 1st Jun 2003
Transport Committee
22nd Jul 2002 - 25th Mar 2003
Vice-Chair, Conservative Party
1st Jul 2001 - 1st Jul 2002
Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Transport and the Regions)
1st Jun 1999 - 1st Jun 2001
Health and Social Care Committee
14th Jul 1997 - 13th Nov 2000
Procedure Committee
5th Nov 1998 - 26th Nov 1999


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Robert Syms has voted in 927 divisions, and 16 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Mar 2021 - Coronavirus - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 484 Noes - 76
6 Jan 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 322 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 524 Noes - 16
4 Nov 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 33 Conservative No votes vs 308 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 516 Noes - 38
13 Oct 2020 - Public Health: Coronavirus Regulations - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 42 Conservative No votes vs 298 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 299 Noes - 82
6 Oct 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 12 Conservative No votes vs 285 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 287 Noes - 17
2 Sep 2020 - Recall of MPs (Change of Party Affiliation) - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 41 Conservative No votes vs 47 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 55 Noes - 52
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 301 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 306
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 268 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 434 Noes - 23
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 259 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 36
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 38 Conservative No votes vs 271 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 441 Noes - 41
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 60 Conservative No votes vs 258 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 385 Noes - 100
22 Jun 2022 - Health and Personal Social Services - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 61 Conservative No votes vs 106 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 215 Noes - 70
18 Oct 2022 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 103 Conservative No votes vs 113 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 297 Noes - 110
7 Mar 2023 - Public Order Bill - View Vote Context
Robert Syms voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 107 Conservative Aye votes vs 109 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 116 Noes - 299
View All Robert Syms Division Votes

Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
(11 debate interactions)
Matt Hancock (Independent)
(6 debate interactions)
Bim Afolami (Conservative)
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(24 debate contributions)
Home Office
(13 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(9 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(9 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Finance Act 2023
(1,264 words contributed)
Finance (No. 2) Act 2023
(1,044 words contributed)
Renters (Reform) Bill 2022-23
(981 words contributed)
Finance Act 2024
(980 words contributed)
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Poole Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

This petition calls for the Government to allocate Parliamentary time for assisted dying to be fully debated in the House of Commons and to give MPs a vote on the issue. Terminally ill people who are mentally sound and near the end of their lives should not suffer unbearably against their will.

No general statutory duty of care exists in HE. Yet, a duty of care is owed to students, and the Government should legislate for this. HE providers should know what their duty is. Students must know what they can expect. Parents expect their children to be safe at university.

Millions of UK citizens have a disability or serious medical condition that means they use more energy. Many people need to use a ventilator 24/7. People use electric pumps to feed through a tubes. People need to charge their mobility equipment, such as electric wheelchairs, stair lifts, bath seats.

Disabled people should be included alongside carers in the £650 one off payment as part of the Cost of Living support package. We have larger utilities bills and food costs when compared to non-disabled people. We rely on these utilities and food to stay alive.

The British State pension is far too low. We want the Government to increase the basic state pension to £19,760 a year (£380 a week), and extend this to anyone aged 60 or over. This should lift thousands out of poverty, and give our elderly folk more spending power and help grow the economy.


Latest EDMs signed by Robert Syms

28th February 2022
Robert Syms signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Monday 28th February 2022

Pre-legislative scrutiny and delay for the Government's proposed conversion therapy legislation

Tabled by: Robert Syms (Conservative - Poole)
That this House notes Government plans to legislate to ban conversion therapy; further notes that any legislation will cover sexual orientation and gender identity but that no definition of conversion therapy has been agreed and that there is already primary legislation which prohibits coercive conversion practices; is concerned that rushed …
4 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Mar 2022)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
15th November 2021
Robert Syms signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 15th November 2021

The 40th anniversary of the Penlee lifeboat disaster

Tabled by: Tracey Crouch (Conservative - Chatham and Aylesford)
That this House commemorates the Penlee Lifeboat disaster 40 years ago on 19 December 1981; honours the bravery of the eight man crew of the Solomon Browne who in severe conditions went to sea to rescue eight people on board the stricken coaster The Union Star; remembers the tragedy of …
12 signatures
(Most recent: 3 Dec 2021)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 5
Independent: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
Labour: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Robert Syms, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Robert Syms has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Robert Syms

Robert Syms has not introduced any legislation before Parliament


Latest 11 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
1 Other Department Questions
27th Oct 2022
To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, what assessment the Church of England has made of the implications for its policies on the proper use of Church moneis of the case in the ecclesiastical Parish of Longfleet, St Mary's, Poole; what episcopal oversight was there of that case and when the Commisioners were informed of the details; and if the Commissioners will take steps to share lessons learned for best practice with other diocese.

The parochial church council is a charitable body subject to the oversight of the Charity Commission. I understand that the Charity Commission is aware of the case following a referral by the Diocese of Salisbury and the office of the Bishop of Salisbury. The National Church Institutions cannot provide guidance to trustees on particular cases, but the Legal Advisory Commission regularly provides updates for PCCs and other trustee bodies on their general duties and obligations.

Andrew Selous
Second Church Estates Commissioner
6th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with multinational companies based in the UK on relocation regulations for employees being relocated into the UK by firms in the EU after the transition period; and if he will make a statement.

Employees of EU firms who are not UK nationals being relocated into the UK can apply under the intra-company transfer route that our immigration system provides for. Under the UK’s domestic immigration rules, intra-company transferees may be admitted for up to 5 years (and for up to 9 years in the case of high earners) to all successful applications, regardless of where they come from, including from the EU. The UK-EU Trade & Cooperation Agreement commits to 90-day processing times for intra-corporate transfer applications. In addition, both parties have agreed to provisions for accompanying family members of such intra-company transferees.

The provisions for intra-company transferees were informed through detailed conversations with hundreds of stakeholders across UK business sectors, including multinational companies who benefit from the intra-company transfer route.

21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has made on securing UK membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The UK recently reached a major milestone in the accession process to CPTPP, by moving to market access negotiations with this trading bloc.

These negotiations will see new, beneficial trading relationships agreed with CPTPP members. Tariffs will be reduced on UK goods exports, and services markets will open up further to British business, through advanced provisions that facilitate digital trade and modern rules on data. We aim to conclude negotiations by the end of 2022.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if (a) she and (b) her officials will meet with the Chair of the Association of Relocation Professionals on supporting high value jobs through relocation to the UK after the transition period.

My officials regularly meet with businesses and associations across the country. I have asked them to make contact with the Association of Relocation Professionals to initiate a meeting to discuss supporting the relocation of high value jobs to the UK.

Our country has a proud and hard-won reputation as one of the most open economies and one of the foremost destinations for inward investment in the world. The Department supported 1,449 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects during the 2019/20 financial year, which created almost 45,000 new jobs and safeguarded a further 8,000.

17th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, by how much has the relocation allowance been updated in line with inflation since its introduction in 1994.

The tax exempt relocation allowance has remained at £8,000 since it was introduced in 1994. The Government keeps all reliefs and allowances under review to ensure that they continue to meet policy objectives.

17th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much income tax revenue was generated from people holding a work visa in the category of skilled work visa in the 2018-19 financial year; and if he will make a statement.

HMRC do not hold information on the visa status of workers paying income tax.

1st Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many local authority staff are furloughed in each local authority; and what the cost to the public purse is of furloughed staff in each local authority.

Applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) opened on Monday 20th April. By midnight 28 June 2020, 1.1m employers had submitted claims to HMRC representing 9.3m employees furloughed and £25.5bn.

On 11 June HMRC released analysis of employer take up, which can be found on GOV.UK. HMRC do not require employers to provide addresses of their employees as part of their CJRS claim and so is unable to provide an accurate picture of employee take up by location.

17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals were relocated into the UK using the intra-company visa system in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

The available published data shows the numbers of visas granted in each work route but does not provide any information on where the applicant resided (inside / outside the EU) or if the individual was “relocating”. There is also no guarantee these visas are used.

Data on visas granted by category can be found in Vis_D02 at:

entry-clearance-visa-outcomes-datasets-sep-2020.xlsx

17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of individuals in who were granted start-up visas in 2019 earned over £73,900 per annum; and if she will make a statement.

The Home Office is responsible for this question, not the Treasury.

The Home Office is unable to provide the statistical answer to this question as it asks for information which is not obtainable from our systems.

The latest published migration statistics (Sept 2020) that are available, can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/immigration-statistics-year-ending-september-2020

17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign nationals from (a) inside and (b) outside the EU were relocated for work purposes into the UK in 2019 by each of the visa categories prescribed by the Government; and if she will make a statement.

The available published data shows the numbers of visas granted in each work route but does not provide any information on where the applicant resided (inside / outside the EU) or if the individual was “relocating”. There is also no guarantee these visas are used once issued.

Data on visas granted by category can be found in Vis_D02 at:

entry-clearance-visa-outcomes-datasets-sep-2020.xlsx

17th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Home Affairs, what assessment she has made of whether travel restrictions during the covid-19 pandemic have reduced the number of professional staff being relocated to the UK for the purpose of taking up professional employment; and if she will make a statement.

In the period in question, the relocation of non-EEA national personnel by a multinational business to a UK branch or subsidiary of that business was facilitated primarily through the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) category of the Immigration Rules.

The most recent published migration statistics can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-statistics.