David Burrowes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
David Burrowes
David Burrowes MP.jpg
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
11 September 2012 – 14 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Mark Simmonds
Succeeded by Robin Walker
Member of Parliament
for Enfield Southgate
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Stephen Twigg
Majority 7,626 (17.2%)
Personal details
Born (1969-06-12) 12 June 1969 (age 47)
Cockfosters, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Janet Coekin
Children 6
Alma mater University of Exeter
Profession Solicitor
Religion Christian
Website Official website

David John Barrington Burrowes (born 12 June 1969) is a British politician. He is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate, Co-founder of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, and an Officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel group.[1]

Early life[edit]

Burrowes was born in Cockfosters and was educated at Highgate School and the University of Exeter.[2] Whilst at Exeter, in 1990, Burrowes and Tim Montgomerie founded the Conservative Christian Fellowship. Before entering parliament he worked for Enfield solicitors, Shepherd Harris and Co, specialising in criminal law and was an advocate in police stations and courts in Enfield, Haringey and Hertfordshire.[2] He was an Enfield Borough Council councillor for 12 years.[2]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Burrowes contested the safe Labour seat of Edmonton at the 2001 general election achieving a 1.0 swing away from sitting MP Andy Love who won by a majority of 9,772. He was elected MP for Enfield Southgate in May 2005, defeating Minister of State for Education and Skills Stephen Twigg with a majority of 1,747 votes and a swing of 8.7%. He made his maiden speech on 20 June 2005.[3] A month after the 7 July 2005 London bombings, Burrowes joined a group of people claiming to represent a new generation of Tory MPs.[4] In a letter to the Spectator, they agreed with moderate Muslims that Britain was decadent and blamed "woolly-minded" liberal thinking for society's sliding values.[4] Success, they declared, required answering "the people's plea for certainty, order and decency", not propping up "failed ideas of the liberal elite".[4]
Burrowes initially supported Liam Fox in the 2005 Conservative leadership election[5] before endorsing David Cameron. However, in May 2006, when the Right wing Cornerstone Group called on the party to choose locals and ditch the 'A-list' candidates,[6] their message was accompanied by a "barely-disguised warning" to Cameron from Burrowes not to desert "sound Tory values."[6] In particular, he criticised selection of minor celebrities, such as Louise Bagshawe and Adam Rickitt, over local candidates.[7] Burrowes attributed the "biggest swing to the Tories" -his 2005 victory at Enfield- to the desire for "a local champion for people," .."someone who is going to be working hard locally, for the benefit of all."[7]
In November 2006, Burrowes gave an interview on the Vanessa Feltz show criticising the Royal Mail for its decision to issue secular themed stamps over Christmas.[8] The Royal Mail rejected the criticism, saying the stamps were selected by a committee and approved by the Queen.[8]

Select Committees and Interest groups 2005-2010[edit]

Burrowes has been a member of several Select Committees including: Public Administration Select Committee 2005–10, Armed Forces Bill 2005–06, Joint Committee on the Draft Legal Services Bill 2006, Joint Committee on the Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill 2007.[9] Based on the questions he asks, his main political topics of interest are Justice, Health, Home Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, International Development,[10] though he includes family policy, drugs and alcohol policy and voluntary sector, umbilical cord blood banking, treatment and research in his Parliament biography.[9]

Burrowes was a member of a number of All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) including: Democracy in Burma, British-Cyprus All-Party Parliamentary Group (Chair), Asthma, Child and Youth Crime Group (Vice-Chair), Childcare, Christians in Parliament, Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis (Chair), Justice for Equitable Life Policy Holders, Fatherhood, Holy See, Human Trafficking, Interest Rate Swap Mis-selling, Legal Aid, Poverty, Prison Health, Pro-Life Group, Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia, Stem Cell Transplantation (Vice-Chair), Sustainable Relationships (Secretary), Voice UK and Youth Affairs.[9] He is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Protection of Cultural Heritage.[11]

In 2005-6 he contributed to debates on Violent Crime, Fatherhood, Criminal Legal Aid, Council Tax Revaluation, and Equalities. In 2007-8 he contributed to debates on Chase Farm Hospital, Drugs and Alcohol Addiction, Cyprus, Criminal Justice, Prisons, Hospital Acquired Infections (C.diff), Embryo Research, Burma, Council Tax, Hit and Run fatalities and Fatherhood. In July 2007 he was appointed to the frontbench as Shadow Justice Minister.[10]

Shadow Justice Minister[edit]

During the Conservative Party’s social justice policy review headed by Iain Duncan Smith, Burrowes chaired the committee looking into addiction.[12] Their 111-page report which dealt with "The nature and extend of social breakdown and poverty today" and "The causes of poverty" was designed to provide policy for an incoming government to tackle "Britain's most acute social problems".[12]

Post 2010 Election[edit]

He was re-elected in 2010 with a majority of 7626, a swing of 7.2%. He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Francis Maude MP, Minister to the Cabinet Office and Oliver Letwin, Minister responsible for Government Policy.[9] In September 2010, Burrowes was reappointed as PPS to Letwin, providing support to Letwin’s policy role across government and in particular in relation to drugs and alcohol treatment reform and future policy development.

In September 2012, Burrowes was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to Owen Paterson,[9] Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He retained his advisory role with Oliver Letwin on the issue of drug and alcohol policy.

In 2013, he called for the Attorney General to review the sentence passed on former Cabinet Minister Chris Huhne which he regarded as too lenient.[13]

He was a prominent opponent of the Government's proposals to introduce same-sex marriage into England and Wales, and helped establish the Coalition for Marriage against its adoption.[14] He is reported as saying that it would risk leading to an "adulterer's charter", but his call for a referendum to be held on the issue was ignored.[15][16]

At the General Election in 2015 Burrowes was elected for a third term and retained the same share of the vote won in 2010.

He is Co-Chair of the Complex Needs and Dual Diagnosis APPG, Protection of Cultural Heritage APPG, and Stem Cell Transplantation. David is also an officer of the following APPGs - Cyprus, Human Trafficking, Religious Education, Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia, Refugees and Ending Homelessness.

In 2015 Burrowes was elected to the Home Affairs Select Committee and re-elected as Executive Member of the Conservative MPs' backbench 1922 Committee and Chairman of its Justice Committee.

In this Parliament David has spoken up on a number of key issues which have led to changes in Government policy and legislation. For example David led the call for more Syrian refugees to be accepted in the UK; he successfully led the cross party opposition to assisted suicide and the relaxation of Sunday Trading laws, he supported the blanket ban on the supply of so called 'legal highs'.

Burrowes supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum.[17]

Constituency issues[edit]

Burrowes became a "major focal point of the high profile campaign to stop computer hacker Gary McKinnon," a constituent, being extradited to the United States.[18] The Home Secretary decided to stop the extradition order which Burrowes called "a victory for common sense and compassion".[19]

In February 2015 Burrowes was embarrassed to find himself canvassing for the United Kingdom general election, 2015 on doorsteps in the home street of neighbouring MP Andrew Love after he and his campaign team accidentally strayed into the wrong constituency.[20]

Despite representing a strongly pro-European constituency, Burrowes campaigned for leaving the European Union.

Burrowes has also consistently tried to undermine the Enfield Mini Holland scheme, which promotes cycling and safer streets in Enfield.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

A keen cricketer and footballer, Burrowes married Janet Coekin in January 1996 in Havering. They have six children, twins Barnaby and Harriet, Dougal, Dorothy, Noah and Toby.[2] He is a supporter of Arsenal F.C.[2] Burrowes serves as an LEA Governor at Broomfield School and St Paul's CE Primary School in Enfield. He is also a trustee and active participant in his local church.[21]

Funding and expenses[edit]

Burrows registered members' interests are listed on Theyworkforyou.com, and local donations on Searchthemoney.com. Donors include Christian Action Research and Education.[22]


  1. ^ "Conservative Friends of Israel: Supporting Israel and Promoting Conservatism". Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "David Burrowes:Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate". Conservatives.com. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Orders of the Day — Violent Crime Reduction Bill". Theyworkforyou.com. 
  4. ^ a b c "Muslims 'right about decadent UK'". BBC News. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Who supported whom". Daily Telegraph. London. 19 October 2005. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Brendan Carlin and Jonathan Isaby (30 May 2006). "Cameron told to drop 'pseuds' from A-list". London: Daily Telegraph. 
  7. ^ a b "'Beautiful' Tory list under fire". BBC News. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "'Royal Mail has taken Christ out of Christmas'". Enfield Independent. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "David Burrowes". WWW.Parliament.co.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "David Burrowes :Conservative MP for Enfield, Southgate". TheyWorkForYou.com. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups [as at 29 March 2017]". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Breakdown Britain:Interim report on the state of the nation" (PDF). Social Justice Policy Group. December 2006. 
  13. ^ David Barrett (23 March 2013). "Chris Huhne: Disgraced ex-minister moved to open jail". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/prominent-tory-disowns-religious-right-and-supports-gay-marriage-6579531.html
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22526936
  16. ^ "Tory MP David Burrowes: The equal marriage bill will lead to an 'adulterer’s charter'". Pink News. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  17. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn’t and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  18. ^ Christopher Hope (16 October 2012). "Gary McKinnon extradition: David Burrowes, MP who wears conscience on his sleeve". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "Gary McKinnon decision: 'A victory for compassion'". BBC News. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  20. ^ Murphy, Joe (19 February 2015). "Tory MP David Burrowes admits 'wrong turn' after canvassing in wrong constituency". Evening Standard. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "About David". Personal website. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  22. ^ https://www.duedil.com/companies/search?query=3481417

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Stephen Twigg
Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate