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- 11th May to 2nd June 2020
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- 2nd to 9th June 2020
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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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A selection of Alistair Burt’s votes
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Generally voted for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
8 votes for, 4 votes against, 1 absence, between 2008–2016.
Voted a mixture of for and against a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
8 votes for, 4 votes against, 2 absences, between 2003–2016.
Generally voted against a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
1 vote for, 3 votes against, 2 absences, between 2010–2016.
Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
0 votes for, 5 votes against, in 2013.
Generally voted for reducing central government funding of local government Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, 4 absences, between 2010–2019.
Generally voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
8 votes for, 5 votes against, 14 absences, between 2010–2019.
We have lots more plain English analysis of Alistair Burt’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Alistair Burt’s full vote analysis page for more.
A man walks into my surgery in Bury. I can see from his address that he comes from one of the poorest parts of the town—a council estate. He sits down, and I ask what his problem is. He says, “My front door has been broken for six weeks, and the council has done nothing about it.” I have a Labour council. I pick up my pen; this is something a young Tory MP can get involved in. “Tell...
As the first born and bred Lancastrian to catch your eye, Mr Speaker, may I also congratulate you and wish you well in your role? Last night, the director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, came to dinner at the House of Commons. I wonder whether the Minister will join me in putting on the record our appreciation of the museum’s work. Not only is it an extraordinary lending institution...
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure new build homes are built according to electrical and fire safety requirements.
More of Alistair Burt’s recent appearances
Former Independent MP for North East Bedfordshire
Entered the House of Commons on 9 June 1983 — General election
Left the House of Commons on 6 November 2019 — Dissolved for election
Party was Conservative until 3 Sep 2019
Also represented Bury North
Topics of interest
Alistair Burt campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Home Department
- Education and Skills
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Individual Learning Accounts
- Yarl's Wood
- Departmental Correspondence
- Asylum Seekers
- Yarl's Wood Detention Centre
Other offices held in the past
- Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (13 Jun 2017 to 25 Mar 2019)
- Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development) (13 Jun 2017 to 25 Mar 2019)
- Member, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union (31 Oct 2016 to 3 May 2017)
- The Minister of State, Department of Health (8 May 2015 to 13 Jul 2016)
- Member, Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) (17 Jul 2014 to 30 Mar 2015)
- The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (17 May 2010 to 7 Oct 2013)
- Member, Administration Committee (30 Mar 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Member, Committee of Selection (25 Feb 2008 to 6 May 2010)
- Opposition Whip (Commons) (20 Jan 2008 to 6 May 2010)
- Deputy Chair, Conservative Party (1 Jul 2007 to 6 May 2010)
- Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (10 May 2005 to 20 Jan 2008)
- Parliamentary Private Secretaries To Leader of the Opposition (10 May 2004 to 20 May 2005)
- Member, International Development Committee (18 Nov 2002 to 17 Nov 2003)
- Member, Urban Affairs Sub-committee (15 Oct 2002 to 16 Dec 2002)
- Member, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Committee (22 Jul 2002 to 16 Dec 2002)
- Member, Procedure Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 4 Mar 2002)
- Member, International Development Committee (1 Jan 2001 to 12 Nov 2001)
- Shadow Spokesperson (Education) (1 Jan 2001 to 1 Dec 2002)
- Minister (Department of Social Security) (Disabled) (6 Jul 1995 to 2 May 1997)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Social Security) (14 Apr 1992 to 6 Jul 1995)
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