Roberta Blackman-Woods has been proud to serve as the Member of Parliament for the City of Durham from 2005 to 2019.

From 2011, Roberta was part of the Shadow Ministerial Communities and Local Government team. She most recently served as Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government where she was responsible for planning.

Prior to entering Parliament she was an academic having worked in social sciences at Newcastle University, as Dean of Social and Labour Studies at Ruskin College, Oxford and as Dean and Professor of Social Policy at the University of Northumbria. She was also a Councillor in Newcastle and Oxford.

Roberta’s interests in Parliament reflect the needs of her community and focus on regeneration, international development and education including higher education and growing a knowledge-based economy.

Roberta was also a co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group, was part of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK and served as Chair of the PLP Northern Group.

Outside of politics, Roberta is married to Tim and they have one daughter. She is a fan of cricket, gardening and enjoys running having previously completed the Great North Run.

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