Rt. Hon. Alistair Burt, British Member of Parliament

Alistair Burt entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 for Bury North and since 2001 has been the Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire. Born in 1955, he was educated at Bury Grammar School, and studied at St John’s College Oxford, where he was president of the university law society. He became a solicitor and served on Haringey Council in London. Alistair’s political interests have been centered on his busy constituency workload, taking a keen interest in the development of public services in a growing county, countryside issues affecting villages and small towns, regional planning and transport. Carers’ issues, social division, urban regeneration and overseas development are also high on his agenda. He is married to Eve Burt, has two grown up children and a granddaughter. He has run nine London Marathons, and plays football for UKPFC. He has been an ICMP Commissioner since December 2013. Positions held:

  • 1983 – 1997: Member of Parliament for Bury North
  • 1985 – 1990: Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Environment, for Education and Science and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • 1992 – 1997: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State then Minister of State, Department of Social Security
  • 2001 – present: Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire
  • 2002 – 2005 Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition
  • 2005 – 2008: Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government
  • 2008 – 2010: Opposition Assistant Chief Whip
  • 2010 – 2013: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, with responsibility for Counter Terrorism, Counter Proliferation, Counter Piracy, North America, Middle East and North Africa, the Maldives and Sri Lanka
  • 2013: Appointed member of Her Majesty’s Most Honorable Privy Council November