Robert Halfon

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BornRobert Henry Halfon
London, United Kingdom
Alma materHighgate School, University of Exeter
Member ofHenry Jackson Society
British Conservative Party politician. Member of the deep state Henry Jackson Society.

Employment.png Minister of State for Skills

In office
17 July 2016 - 12 June 2017

Employment.png Minister without Portfolio Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
11 May 2015 - 17 July 2016

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Harlow

In office
6 May 2010 - Present

Employment.png Chair of the Education Select Committee

In office
12 July 2017 - Present

Robert Halfon is a British Conservative Party politician, who has served as Minister of State for Education since 2016. [1] He is member of the deep state Henry Jackson Society.

On 11 May 2015, David Cameron appointed Halfon Minister without Portfolio (attending Cabinet)[2] and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, succeeding Sarah Newton. Halfon was sworn of the Privy Council on 14 May 2015.[3]

On 17 July 2016 the new Prime Minister Theresa May appointed him Minister of State at the Department for Education.

Early life

Halfon was born to a British Jewish family living in Hampstead, London.[4] His grandfather was an Italian Jew, living in Libya until forced to leave in 1968, after which he joined his son who had already moved to England.[5] Halfon was born with a moderate version of spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, and underwent several major operations as a child, causing osteoarthritis in his early thirties.[6]


Robert Halfon was an adviser to a number of Conservative organisations including Political Director of Conservative Friends of Israel. Halfon has previously worked as Chief of Staff to Oliver Letwin and as a consultant to business. He is also an author having written essays for books and articles on subjects as diverse as Social Justice, Russia, Conservatism, and Corporate Responsibility.

Halfon was a Roydon Parish Councillor and a former Governor of Passmores School. He has fought Harlow twice as Conservative Parliamentary Candidate (in 2001 and 2005). He is a Patron of the Harlow Homeless Centre.

At the 2005 General Election, he lost by just 97 votes after three recounts. Harlow Constituency is now the third most marginal in the country having had a Labour majority of 10,500 in 1997.

Halfon has also stood for Council and was active in Conservative Students when at Exeter University.