Andrew Robathan

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Northern Ireland Minister of State, Andrew Robathan MP during a visit to the Belfast office of The Prince's Trust

Andrew Robathan was a Conservative Party member of parliament (MP) and Northern Ireland Office Minister. He stepped down as an MP in April 2015.

Robathan was appointed to the House of Lords as a Conservative Party peer in October 2015. [1]


Robathan was born in 1951 and educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, and Oriel College, Oxford.[2]

He served in the Coldstream Guards from 1974 to 1989 before leaving to pursue a career in politics. He served throughout the world and attended the Army Staff College, Camberley.[2] He commanded an SAS troop for two years.[3]

Robathan volunteered to rejoin the Army, January - April 1991, and served as Chief of Staff of the Prisoner of War Guard Force in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait.[2]

Political career

Robathan was a councillor in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham from 1990 to 1992.[4]

He was MP for Blaby 1992-2010, and became MP for South Leicestershire in the May 2010 general election.[4]

Robathan has served as PPS to Iain Sproat as Minister of State, Department of National Heritage 1995-97; Shadow Minister for: Trade and Industry 2002-03, International Development 2003, Defence 2004-05; Opposition Deputy Chief Whip 2005-10; Ministry of Defence: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans) 2010-12, Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 2012.[4]

In October 2013, he was appointed as a minister of state at the Northern Ireland Office.[5]

He left the government in July 2014[6] and stood down in the 2015 general election.

In February 2016, Robathan was appointed as a member of the Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party Funding Select Committee. [7]


  1. Lord Robathan profile,, accessed 9 February 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence, accessed 15 October 2012.
  3. EX-SAS man gets MoD job, The Sun, 15 May 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Rt Hon Andrew Robathan,, accessed 15 October 2012.
  5. Ministerial appointments: 7 October 2013, Prime Minister's Office, 7 October 2013.
  6. Reshuffle at-a-glance: In, out and moved about, BBC News, 15 July 2014.
  7. Dods, 'Arrivals, moves, departures', Civil Service World, 2 February 2016, accessed 5 February 2016