Robert Laxton is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament for Derby North from 1997 until standing down at the 2010 general election.
Laxton attended the Woodlands Secondary Modern School (became the Woodlands Community School) on Blenheim Drive in Allestree. He also attended the Derby College of Art and Technology on Kedleston Road (became the University of Derby).
He was a telecommunications engineer for the Government Printing Office from 1961 (became British Telecom, then British Telecom plc). Whilst in this employment, he was a union representative and branch official for the Post Office Engineering Union, which became the National Communications Union in 1985, and finally the Communication Workers Union in 1995. Prior to becoming an Member of Parliament he was Leader of Derby City Council from 1986-1988 and again from 1994-1997 having become a councillor in 1979.
He is Chair of the Waterways All-Party Parliamentary Group.
On 19 October 2009, Laxton announced his intention to stand down at the next general election. Boycotting the Labour conference in 2005.
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