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Richard Burden MP

Labour MP for Birmingham Northfield

Richard Burden is the Labour MP for Birmingham Northfield and was first elected in 1992. Richard is currently a member of the House of Commons International Development Select Committee, having been appointed in July 2017. He also previously served on the Committee from 2005 to 2013. Richard chairs the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group, which seeks to foster good relations and understanding between Britain and Palestine and to promote a just and durable peace in the Middle East. He is also a Vice Chair of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East and chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group. Until June 2017, Richard was a Shadow Transport Minister, with responsibility for aviation, shipping, future transport and road safety. He continues to have an active interest in these issues.

Brexit - It's Not About If, But How

This is not about whether Article 50 should be triggered. It is about when and how it happens. As Keir Starmer, Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary said recently, it's not about the 52% who voted Leave or the 48% who voted Remain. It's about the 100% who will be affected by the actions the Government takes - or does not take - from now on.
07/11/2016 16:41 GMT

Abuse In Politics Threatens Everything We Stand For

Weaponising allegations of abuse by opponents (or allegations of purges in response) may not be the same as weaponising the abuse itself but it is also unlikely to help. Insults are never an acceptable substitute for political argument, from whichever direction they come. Abuse in politics disfigures us all and it threatens us all.
05/09/2016 11:53 BST

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

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.
24/07/2016 12:30 BST

Foodbank Britain at Christmas

In the last month my team and I have referred about the same number of people to the foodbank for assistance as we did in the ten months before that... The sheer scale of the operation these days is both astonishing and impressive. The fact that it has to be so big, though, underlines that something is fundamentally wrong with the way Britain operates at the moment.
24/12/2015 16:03 GMT

Why the Future of Labour Has to Be About More Than Comfort Food

So the deadline has now passed for people to register as Labour supporters to have a vote in the Labour Leadership election. Amid stories of malign infiltration by some Tories and others, Labour is right to check the genuineness of applications before ballot papers are issued.
17/08/2015 23:50 BST

Talking Immigration

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.
05/02/2015 15:10 GMT

By Voting Today for Recognition of Palestine, MPs Will Vote for Equality and for Peace

By affirming without ambiguity that both Israelis and Palestinians have equal rights to statehood, international recognition of the State of Palestine can help break this impasse. That is why another amendment tabled by Jack Straw and other senior MPs makes clear that by voting for recognition today MPs will contribute to securing a negotiated two state solution.
13/10/2014 09:03 BST

Chaotic Government Funding Fails to Fix Pothole Epidemic

Changes to the Agency overseeing 2% of our road network (our motorways and "A Roads") will not fix the potholes that undermine road safety and blight everyday journeys for car drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and HGVs too...
29/09/2014 12:53 BST

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

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.
13/08/2014 18:00 BST

Gaza: Why Outrage Isn't Enough

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.
04/08/2014 20:53 BST

Government Must Fuel UK Automotive Ambition

Just a few weeks ago, the world's fiercest and fastest racing drivers returned to Silverstone for what turned out to be a thrilling British Grand Prix. While our exceptional British drivers have had mixed fortunes on the track this season, for me the return of Formula One to our shores is always an ideal opportunity to recognise British success in automotive more widely.
16/07/2013 11:30 BST