Robert Buckland

Robert James Buckland QC, MP (born 22 September 1968)[1][2] is a Welsh Conservative Party politician and barrister who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Swindon since 2010.

Robert Buckland

Official portrait, 2020
Secretary of State for Justice
Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain
In office
24 July 2019  15 September 2021
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byDavid Gauke
Succeeded byDominic Raab
Minister of State for Prisons
In office
9 May 2019  24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byRory Stewart
Succeeded byLucy Frazer
Solicitor General for England and Wales
In office
15 July 2014  9 May 2019
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byOliver Heald
Succeeded byLucy Frazer
Member of Parliament
for South Swindon
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byAnne Snelgrove
Majority6,625 (13.1%)
Personal details
Robert James Buckland

(1968-09-22) 22 September 1968 (age 52)
Llanelli, Wales
Political partyConservative
EducationSt Michael's School, Llanelli
Alma materInns of Court School of Law
Durham University
Professionbarrister, recorder

Buckland served as Solicitor General for England and Wales from 2014 to 2019, until he became Minister of State for Prisons. He was appointed Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor by Boris Johnson in July 2019, serving until the cabinet reshuffle in September 2021.[3] He was the second Lord Chancellor from Llanelli, after Lord Elwyn Jones (1974–1979).[4]

Buckland was a supporter of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union during the 2016 referendum.