Robert Courts was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Witney and West Oxfordshire in October 2016. In September 2020, he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport, with responsibility for aviation, maritime and security.
He was previously Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Transport, having served as a PPS in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from January to July 2018 and to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from August 2019 until February 2020.
Robert served on the International Trade Select Committee before becoming a Minister, having previously been a member of the Transport, Justice and Backbench Business Committees.
A supporter of several groups in Parliament, Robert was Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Small and Micro-businesses and founded the APPG for Community Transport. He was also the Vice-Chair (RAF) of the APPG for the Armed Forces, the APPG for Aerospace, the APPG for Dementia, and the APPG for Cycling.
Before his election to Parliament, Robert was a self-employed barrister for some twelve years. His practice focused primarily on personal injury and clinical negligence. He also served as a District Councillor and is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies and a member of the Air League Council. Robert lives with his wife, Kathryn, and two young children, Henry and Isabella, in Bladon.