While a councillor and teacher, Cooke contested Bristol South East in 1955. He was Member of Parliament for Bristol West from a 1957 by-election until 1979. He introduced the Fatal Accidents Act 1959, the direct forerunner to the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 which provides for investigation and compensation in cases of work-related deaths. He was knighted in the 1979 Birthday Honours. Cooke died in January 1987 at the age of 56 of Motor Neurone Disease.
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- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- General Register Office — Births in April, May and June 1930 Vol: 11a 570
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1955, 1966 & October 1974
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Robert Cooke
- Parliamentary Archives, Papers of Sir Robert Cooke MP, 1930-1987