John Burnett, Baron Burnett
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Burnett
|Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon|
1997 – 2005
|Preceded by||Emma Nicholson|
|Succeeded by||Geoffrey Cox|
|Born||John Patrick Aubone Burnett
19 September 1945
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
John Patrick Aubone Burnett, Baron Burnett (born 19 September 1945) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom, and was a Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon between 1997 and 2005 general elections. He was a commando with the Royal Marines for seven years, a cattle-breeder, and remains a solicitor specialising in tax matters.
He succeeded Emma Nicholson as MP for the constituency, after her defection in 1995 from the Conservative Party to the Liberal Democrats, and her elevation as a Liberal Democrat peer.
Following Burnett's decision to stand down in 2005, there was a swing of 5,000 votes in the 2005 election against Burnett's Liberal Democrat successor as candidate. The constituency was reduced in size in a 2006 Boundary Commission re-alignment, and was retained by the Conservative Party.
In April 2006 it was announced that Burnett would be created a life peer to join the Liberal Democrat ranks in the House of Lords, and on 31 May he was created Baron Burnett, of Whitchurch in the County of Devon.
Burnett for much of his 8 years in Parliament had been regarded among his fellow Liberal Democrat MPs as "the cat that walked alone": he distanced himself over his Party's stance on the war in Iraq, for example.
One of the high points of Burnett's parliamentary career was his promotion of the Bill which became the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000, allowing solicitors, for example, to remain in the traditional partnership arrangements while having some of the benefits of limited companies.
- The London Gazette: . 5 June 2006. Retrieved 25 May 2009.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Burnett
- Torridge and West Devon Liberal Democrats
- Guardian Politics Ask Aristotle - John Burnett
- TheyWorkForYou.com - John Burnett
- The Public Whip - John Burnett voting record
- BBC News - John Burnett profile 10 February 2005
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon