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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK
Alistair Burt

Date of birth

25 May 1955

Political profile

Alistair Burt first entered Parliament in 1983 at the age of 28 as the member for Bury North, holding the seat until he was swept away in the Labour deluge of 1997.

He returned as member for the very safe North East Bedfordshire seat.

A member of the Tory Reform Group, he is on the left of the party and supported Michael Heseltine's campaign against Margaret Thatcher in 1990 - a move which lost him his role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Kenneth Baker.

He subsequently became a junior social security minister with responsibility for the tough brief of defending the Child Support Agency.

His handling of it led to his being called "one of the more caring ministers".

He is pro-marriage and anti-abortion - attitudes which stem from his religious convictions.

He called on Tories, before the 2001 election, to lead an assault on poverty and to stand for an "inclusive society".

During the 1997-2001 Parliament, he returned to his practice as a solicitor and also helped to found The Enterprise Forum, a non-affiliated body intended to foster links between the Conservative Party and business.

He was rewarded with a frontbench role as an education spokesman, but returned to the backbenches in the summer of 2002. He has since been appointed as PPS to two Conservative leaders, firstly to Iain Duncan Smith from November 2002-03, and then to Michael Howard.

Contact

www.alistair-burt.co.uk

Constituency office 01234 314491

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