Robert Halfon praised by Prime Minister for work to champion Education, Skills and Apprenticeships 

News / Wed 27th Mar 2024 at 08:03am

HARLOW’S long standing Member of Parliament, Robert Halfon, who announced earlier today that he will step down at the next election, has been praised by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for his work to champion education, skills and apprenticeships. 

Mr Halfon, who later this week will become Harlow’s longest serving MP, today announced that he will not be seeking re-election at the general election expected to take place later this year. Robert has also stepped down from his position as Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education in preparation for leaving Parliament. 

In response to Mr Halfon’s resignation, the Prime Minister said. “I want to pay tribute to your greatest legacy in Parliament, which is of course your passion for promoting apprenticeships. You have been a stalwart champion for this remarkable and life changing programme, which is underpinned by our conservative principles to empower people to climb the ladder of opportunity. Throughout your time as a Minister, you have been a firm believer in ensuring that the opportunities for apprenticeships are available for all no matter who you are, or where you come from.”

The Prime Minister also said, “I know that the people of Harlow will be saddened to lose you as their MP, after years of loyal and selfless service. You have made an outstanding impact on bettering the lives of thousands of your constituents. Some of your key achievements will be remembered for many years to come, including securing record investment to regenerate Harlow town centre, championing the local economy by creating thousands of jobs and supporting the community during the pandemic.”

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s words, Mr Halfon said, “It was a childhood dream to be an MP and it has been the honour of my life to be the longest-serving MP for Harlow; however, after almost three decades as the Parliamentary Candidate and as MP, I feel that it is time for me to step down.

“I have done everything I possibly could to work hard for Harlow. I have always been touched by the kindness and encouragement from residents. In Parliament, I have campaigned on three main areas: championing apprenticeships and skills, cutting the cost of living, and building an even better Harlow. 

“I look forward to continuing to support the Prime Minister and the Government from the backbenches.”

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5 Comments for Robert Halfon praised by Prime Minister for work to champion Education, Skills and Apprenticeships :

David Forman
2024-03-27 10:50:31

Robert Halfon certainly deserves praise for his work promoting apprenticeships.

2024-03-27 11:00:00

His Harlow legacy might read a School unfit for purpose ( Sir Frederick Gibberd ) built under his government , no sign of a new Hospital despite this promise featuring in his election material , public dissatisfaction with the NHS particularly GP appointments at a almost record high , what a legacy for Harlow .

I wonder
2024-03-27 13:01:14

The final nail in the coffin for Tory Harlow? Who will be their candidate for Harlow now at the next GE? They better get a move on and appoint someone! They have at most 307 days... Is that enough time for Young Dan Swords to get his parent's permission to run?

2024-03-27 14:04:42

Tory Tory Tory!.... Rats abandon 'HMS TORY' because it is sinking.

Ross Young
2024-03-27 20:31:38

I would put Little Rishi Sunak as a reference on my CV

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