Roberta Blackman-Woods MP is proud and privileged to represent the City of Durham in Parliament. Before being elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for the City of Durham in 2005 she was a university professor in social policy and had previously served as a local councillor.
She was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for the City of Durham in 2010.
Roberta’s interests in Parliament are housing, planning, international development, foreign affairs and regeneration. She founded and chairs the All-Party Balanced and Sustainable Communities Group and is a Co-Chair of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Afghanistan and the All-Party Universities Group.
In Durham she works with local people to highlight the importance of planning and housing policies to the City, with the new unitary council to sensitively regenerate the City Centre and surrounding villages, and with the local NHS trust for the best health services for the area.
In October 2010 the MP was appointed Shadow Minister for Civil Society in the Cabinet Office team covering charities, volunteering and social enterprise. She has previously served as Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills covering regional policy and economic development, PPS to the Higher Education Minister and PPS to the Secretary of State for Defence and PPS to the Duchy of Lancaster and Cabinet Office Minister.
She has served on the following Select Committees: Education and Skills, Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills, Science and Technology and Statutory Instruments.
Roberta is married with one daughter.