Richard Burden was re-elected MP for Birmingham Northfield on May 7th 2015 with 17673 votes, taking 41.6% of the vote.
He has lived in Birmingham for nearly 25 years and represented Birmingham Northfield in Parliament since 1992.
Before entering Parliament in 1992 he worked as a Branch Organiser for NALGO in Yorkshire (1979-81) and as a District Officer in the West Midlands between 1981 and 1992. he is a member of the TGWU, the Co-operative Party and the Fabian Society. His main leisure pursuits are: Motor racing (he holds a competition licence and am a former winner of the House of Commons v House of Lords motor race), swimming, food and travel. He is married to Jane, who is the Chief Executive of the Foyer Federation.
Since becoming the MP for Northfield in 1992 he has worked on many issues, including the closure of the MG Rover factory in Longbridge in 2005, the building of a new hospital and greater funding for local schools.
he has also been working to ensure tighter regulations on the sale of knives, pushing for greater consultation on the redevelopment of Frankley town centre, pressing for help for those who lost their pensions at Kalamazoo and helping local sports teams gain changing facilities in Cofton Park.
He has a strong interest in International Development matters and serves as an MP on the International Development Select Committee. He is also passionate about the Middle East and believe that finding peace there will help considerably with so many of the other conflicts which are influenced by the dynamic in the region.
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