Bob Crippen is a recurring character in The New Statesman, and is portrayed by actor Nick Stringer.
Crippen is a Labour MP and, like Alan, has a large majority in the House of Commons. He represents the deprived inner-city constituency of Bramall, which coupled with his northern heritage is a constant source of ridicule from Alan. Crippen began his working life in a car factory, and then went on to become a leader of a trade union, before becoming the MP for Bramall. His socialist disposition contrasts sharply with that of far-right Alan B'Stard. Although Crippen is quick to temper, he cares for the people of his constituency and always tries to do the decent, honest thing.
In "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" Crippen furiously speaks out against Alan's plans to arm the police, during a Commons session in which the law ends up getting passed by a majority of 11. In "Passport To Freedom," he enters into an argument with Alan, when Alan jumps the queue at the service desk at Heathrow Airport.
- Crippen is reputedly modeled on real-life Labour MP John Prescott.