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Tuesday, 22 October, 2002, 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK
Andy Burnham
Andy Burnham

Date of birth

7 January 1970

Political profile

The furthest Andy Burnham has gone in his working life from the Labour Party is a short stint as parliamentary officer of the NHS Confederation.

Other than that, he has worked alongside some of the most important figures in New Labour, firstly as a research assistant to Tessa Jowell and then as a special adviser to Chris Smith at the Department of Culture.

Mr Burnham secured the rock solid seat of Leigh by playing on his local roots - and by taking three months unpaid leave to cultivate the constituency party.

He has been tipped as a future sports minister.

He certainly has strong credentials: as adminstrator to the football taskforce, he was credited with securing the deal whereby the Premier League clubs agreed to donate 5% of their television revenues to grass roots development.

Perhaps more importantly, he is also a key member of Labour's 'Demon Eyes' football team.

In June 2003 Mr Burnham was appointed as David Blunkett's PPS. Contact

Commons office: 020 7219 5820
Constituency office: 01942 682353
Email: burnhama@parliament.uk

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