About Matthew Robinson

Matthew Robinson is Councillor for the Harewood ward on Leeds City Council.

Matthew is a Councillor in Leeds and was first elected in May 2010 for the Harewood ward and he has been re-elected three times. He is currently the Shadow Resources Lead for the Conservatives on the Council and his remit includes the budget and strategy of the council. As a Councillor he has worked with the Police, Parish Councils, community groups and individuals to help improve community safety including supporting the FarmWatch rural crime scheme, helping provide new resources and equipment for the Police and addressing issues such as road safety, burglary and anti-social behaviour. Matthew has sat on a number of scrutiny boards including those looking at funding, resources, transport, health and the environment. 

Matthew was the Conservative candidate for West Yorkshire Mayor in May 2021 and received 209,137 votes, finishing second with over 40% of the vote. 

Matthew works with the tech sector including a number of large tech companies and with local and regional government. He’s a local primary school Governor (having also been a governor at another school from 2010-14) and has worked in the education sector for a number of years, particularly with schools serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and helped to develop school leaders and develop new partnerships for improvement. 

Born and raised in Leeds, Matthew went to school in East Leeds and studied at the University of York and completed a Masters at Leeds University. He has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to live and work in the USA and Scotland in the past but home is West Yorkshire where he lives with his wife and their German Shepherd Dog. Matthew’s other interests include football, playing golf, reading and walking.