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|The Right Honourable
|Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs|
13 May 2010 – 7 October 2013
|Preceded by||Ivan Lewis|
|Succeeded by||Hugh Robertson|
|Deputy Chairman of the
January 2008 – 13 May 2010
|Minister of State for Social Security (Minister for the Disabled)|
5 July 1995 – 4 May 1997
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||William Hague|
|Succeeded by||Paul Boateng|
|Member of Parliament
for North East Bedfordshire
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Nicholas Lyell|
|Member of Parliament
for Bury North
9 June 1983 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
|Succeeded by||David Chaytor|
25 May 1955 |
Bury, Lancashire, England
|Spouse(s)||Eve Alexandra Twite|
|Alma mater||St John's College, Oxford|
Alistair James Hendrie Burt (born 25 May 1955) is a British Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Bedfordshire. Burt was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, until he stepped down on 7 October 2013.
Alistair Burt was born in Bury, Lancashire, and was educated at the Bury Grammar School, where he was appointed Head Boy in 1973, and St John's College, Oxford where he was elected president of the Oxford Law Society in 1976 and graduated with a degree in jurisprudence law in 1977. He became an articled clerk with Slater Heelis & Co. of Manchester in 1978, becoming a solicitor with Watts Vallence & Vallence in 1980 where he remained until 1983.
He was elected as a councillor to the Haringey Borough Council in 1982 and left the council in 1984. He contested the new seat of Bury North at the 1983 general election at which he was elected as the Conservative MP for Bury North with a majority of 2,792 votes. He represented the seat until 1997 and returned to parliament again in 2001.
In Parliament Alistair Burt became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for the Environment Kenneth Baker in 1985, he remained as PPS to Baker in his role as Secretary of State for Education and Science from 1986 and in his role as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1989 until 1990. After the 1992 general election Burt was promoted to the government of John Major and became the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security where he remained until 1995 when he was promoted further with the rank of Minister of State at the same department. He was one of many ministers who lost their seats at the 1997 general election when Bury North fell to Labour's David Chaytor by 7,866 votes. From 1997-2001 he worked at executive search firm Whitehead Mann GKR. 
Alistair Burt re-entered parliament at the 2001 general election for the very safe Conservative seat of Bedfordshire North East which had been represented in parliament by the former Attorney General Nicholas Lyell who had retired. Burt was elected with a majority of 8,577, and has remained as an MP since. He was made an opposition spokesman on Education and Skills under William Hague in 2001, before he became the PPS to the Leader of the Opposition Iain Duncan Smith in 2002 and carried on as PPS to the new leader Michael Howard. After the 2005 general election he rejoined the front bench and was a spokesman on Local Government Affairs and Communities. However in January 2008, Burt was promoted to Assistant Chief Whip and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party with responsibility for Internal Development.
He is a former officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel lobby group, a position which he resigned upon entering government as a Minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In December 2008, he led an all-Party group meeting with the Red Cross to campaign for visiting rights for Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit. . He is also a founder and was the first Chairman of The Enterprise Forum, an organisation set up in 1997 to facilitate discussions on policy between the Business Community and the Conservative Party.
Burt married Eve Alexandra Twite in 1983 in Haringey, and they have a son, Matthew (born August 1987) and a daughter, Hazel (born March 1986). They also have a granddaughter. He is an active Christian.  He is a member of the Tory Reform Group and a former member of Conservative Friends of Israel. He enjoys athletics and football. He supports Bury FC and is also a member of Biggleswade Athletics Club. He has run nine London Marathons.
- Mp, Conservative (21 October 2002). "Alistair Burt Profile BBC Website". BBC News.
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- Alistair Burt MP official site
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- Biggleswade Athletics Club, official site
- BBC Politics page
- Alistair Burt Profile at New Statesman Your democracy
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Bedford Hospital NHS Trust in September 2007
- Yarl's Wood Detention Centre in October 2005
- Tsunami victims in January 2005
- Going back to university in November 2001
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Bury North
Sir Nicholas Lyell
|Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire
|Minister of State for Social Security (Minister for the Disabled)