|Member of Parliament|
for Brentwood and Ongar
|Assumed office |
8 June 2017
|Preceded by||Sir Eric Pickles|
|Born||7 September 1977|
Wimborne Minster, Dorset, UK
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
King's College London
Michael Alex Burghart (born 7 September 1977) is the Conservative Member of parliament for Brentwood and Ongar, first elected in the 2017 General Election. Burghart was formerly a teacher, university lecturer and special adviser to the Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Michael Alex Burghart was born in Dorset in 1977, the son of two state-school teachers. He attended Millfield School in Somerset, having gained a scholarship to the school. Burghart read History at Christ Church, Oxford. He completed his PhD at King's College London in 2007 entitled "The Mercian polity, 716-918".
After university, Burghart taught history at Warwick School before becoming a history tutor at King's College, London. In 2005 he was the lead researcher for the King's College, London project on interrogating Anglo-Saxon charters using digital technologies.
Burghart became a political and policy adviser to Tim Loughton MP, then Shadow Minister for Children and Young People in 2008. He moved on to the Department for Education, where he worked on the Munro Review of Child Protection
In February 2016 Burghart was appointed Director of Strategy and Advocacy for the Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield. Later that year he became part of Prime Minister Theresa May's policy team.
Burghart stood against Jeremy Corbyn in Islington North in 2015. He told the Islington Gazette that, if elected, the first thing he would do would be, "Dance a jig (and try to resuscitate Jeremy Corbyn)". Although he was not elected, Burghart increased the Conservative share of the vote from 14.2% to 17.2%.
Burghart has been a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Work and Pensions Select Committee. He chairs the APPG on Adverse Childhood Experiences and was made PPS to the Attorney General in September 2018.
Burghart is the author of 'A Better Start in Life: Long-term approaches for the most vulnerable children', published by Policy Exchange in 2013. Burghart has written extensively about early medieval England, writing for The Times Literary Supplement for over 12 years, The Spectator and BBC History.
Since being selected as the Conservative candidate for Brentwood and Ongar, Burghart has moved to Brentwood. He is married to Hermione Eyre, the daughter of Sir Reginald Eyre, former Conservative MP for Birmingham Hall Green, and has two children.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Eric Pickles
| Member of Parliament
for Brentwood and Ongar