Richard Burden

Leadership Means Understanding Your Part in Building a Social Movement, Not Believing You Are the Personification of One

Richard Burden | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Yes, Jeremy Corbyn's leadership has had his detractors from day one - including some whose sniping from the start has been as self-indulgent as it has been destructive. But take a look at what people like Lilian Greenwood, Lou Haigh, Paul Blomfield and Lis McInness have been writing. These kinds of people are as far away from right-wing plots and conspiracies as you could get... And as for me being some kind of Blairite lackey, try telling that to Tony Blair himself.

VW Emissions Affair: UK Drivers are being left in the dark due to mixed messages from Ministers

Richard Burden | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

The UK Government must come clean on what they knew and move quicker to end uncertainty for drivers.

The Impact of Calais on Traffic in Kent Is a Symptom of Long-term Issues That Demand Better Than Short-term Fixes by Government

Richard Burden | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

It's not only in politics that a week is a long time. Last week our TV screens were dominated by scenes long queues of stationary lorries stacked up a...

Talking Immigration

Richard Burden | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Northfield Talks brought together a wide range of views of people from different ages and different backgrounds - in responses to the survey at the event and in the online discussion that accompanied it. It was a challenging discussion at times but an important one.

Iraq - Urgent Action Needed to Stop Slaughter and Time to Face Up to the Big Picture Too

Richard Burden | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in and around Northern Iraq and the international community has been too slow to respond to it. We cannot turn the clock back on that but it is vital that international efforts are ramped up. I therefore support UK participation in those efforts, and through our role in the United Nations and other organisations, we should urgently identify what more can be done.

Gaza: Why Outrage Isn't Enough

Richard Burden | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

UK ministers always seem to preface what they say about the crisis in Gaza by acknowledging Israel's right to self defence against attack. I agree with them about that. Actually, the Palestinians have the right of self defence too. The point is that neither can credibly be invoked to justify the carnage that is unfolding.

What Do Cable And Hague Know About UK Chemical Exports To Syria?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK

William Hague and Vince Cable could both face questions from MPs over why the govenrnment allowed chemicals to be exported to Syria which could have b...

Building on the Success of the Automotive Industry

Richard Burden | Posted 08.09.2012 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

The UK has a successful automotive industry. But more can, and should, be done to build on the industry's recent successes and establish a long-term framework for growth.

Labour MP Calls For Bahrain Grand Prix Rethink

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK Politics

Pressure was mounting on the motorsport authorities today to reconsider the decision to go ahead with this year's Bahrain Grand Prix. MP Richard Bu...

Time to Rethink the Bahrain Grand Prix

Richard Burden | Posted 05.06.2012 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Damon Hill is right to call on the governing body of motor sport to rethink its decision to go ahead with this year's Bahrain Grand Prix. I say that as someone who is a motor sport nut as well as an MP with a keen interest in the Middle East.

Why the Sudden Israel-Gaza Escalation?

Richard Burden | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

I was last in Gaza almost exactly three years ago. I was part of one of the first groups of MPs to enter after Israel's Operation Cast Lead. Three years on, I had hoped by now to see how much had changed.

Understanding Why the Prisoner Exchange Matters

Richard Burden | Posted 23.12.2011 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

If it is important for people like me to understand the significance of one Israeli soldier's captivity to Israeli families, so too is it important for Israel's friends abroad to understand the personal significance of Palestinian prisoners for Palestinian families across the Occupied Territories.