Rob Marris will put Wolverhampton first
- Born here, raised here, educated here
- Still lives here in Penn Fields, Wolverhampton
- Hard-working and independent
- A proud record of achievement for our City
Rob Marris was elected as Labour’s Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West in the 2015 General Election and was appointed as a Shadow Treasury Minister 2015 - 2016. After the snap General Election was called in 2017 Rob decided to stand down as an MP. He is a well-known local figure, who has lived in Penn Fields for the last 30 years. Born and raised and educated in Wolverhampton South West, he is a solicitor and was MP here 2001 to 2010. Rob's record of public service speaks for itself:
Backbencher of the Year: In 2008, MPs of all political parties chose Rob Marris to receive that year's coveted award of "Backbencher of the Year". The citation was for "rigorous and independent scrutiny of all front benchers". This shows that Rob has always been prepared to hold ministers to account without fear or favour.
Hard-working for constituents: As an MP, Rob Marris dealt with over 24,000 issues at the request of individual constituents.
Hard-working in parliament: As an MP, Rob Marris was one of the most frequent speakers in debates and he tabled many more parliamentary questions than most MPs.
Since being elected in May 2015 Rob brought one of the most important and well engaged debates into Parliament the 'Assisted Dying Bill' which sought allow terminally ill adults of sound mind to legally choose to have assistance to end their own lives.
Rob founded the APPG for Sikhs and has been reappointed Chair since May's election. The purpose of this group is to support and promote the interests of Sikhs in Britain; to work with British Sikhs to celebrate Sikh culture in the UK; and to ensure full equality for all British Sikhs.
Since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party and Her Majesty official opposition, Rob Marris was a Shadow Treasury Minister (2015 - 2016) . As the Shadow Finance Minister Rob is responsible for holding the Government particularity the Treasury to account.
In October 2015, Rob was appointed as a member of the 'Regulatory Reform Committee' in Parliament scrutinising examine and report on: Draft Legislative Reform Orders (LROs), laid before the House under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006; Matters arising from consideration of such LROs; and Matters relating to regulatory reform.
Just some of Rob Marris's achievements for Wolverhampton...
Rob persuaded the last Labour government to fund the renovation of 20,000 of the council homes managed by Wolverhampton Homes. This Decent Homes funding also secured thousands of local construction jobs for contractors and sub-contractors, bringing money into our city to boost its wider economy.
In April 2010 Rob played a key role in getting the Labour government to sign a legally binding contract to refurbish every secondary school in Wolverhampton. This meant that when the Conservatives cancelled most of the national schools rebuilding programme in July 2010, they could not stop the programme in Wolverhampton. Pupils at Highfields, Smestow, The Girls' High, St Peter's, St Edmund's, Kings and Aldersley are all now benefitting.
In 2009, Rob Marris secured funding for Wolverhampton's brand new bus station, the whole cost of which was met by central government.
Since 2015 Rob has continued to work with Wolverhampton's Refugee and Migrant Centre dealing with the recent increase in support needed for some of Wolverhampton's most vulnerable and in need refugees and asylum applicants.
My Commitment to you
"For nine years up to 2010 I was honoured to serve as MP for this constituency where I was born, raised and still live.
After losing by the narrowest of margins in 2010, I reflected on the verdict, and considered how I and a Labour government could do better in future. My wish to serve our area remains undiminished. I am once again your MP because of my continued commitment to public service, to work with others to improve my home town and our country.
In Parliament, as a committed backbench MP, I constantly sought to contribute to debates and to scrutinise government proposals carefully, and above all to hold the government to account. So I was delighted when MPs of all political parties recognised my efforts and voted for me as Backbencher of the Year in 2008, the citation being for my "rigorous and independent scrutiny of all front benches". Every year I dealt with many thousands of items of local casework to the best of my ability and so helped many of you to resolve your individual concerns.
A good constituency MP must stand up for their area. We have had a Conservative Government singling out Wolverhampton for far more than our fair share of funding cuts, while protecting wealthier parts of the country. In contrast, I have a proven track record of successfully working with others to secure extra funding for our city. "