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Preceded by  George Mudie
Role  Politician
Name  Richard Burgon

Political party  Labour
Majority  12,533 (32.8%)
Party  Labour Party
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Alma mater  St John's College, Cambridge
Website  Official website parliament..richard-burgon
Education  University of Cambridge, St John's College, Cambridge
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Richard Burgon (born 19 September 1980) is a British Labour Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds East. He is also the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor.

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Burgon studied English Literature at St John's College, Cambridge, where he was chair of Cambridge University Labour Club. After working as a trade union lawyer, he was elected as the MP for Leeds East at the 2015 general election. He was appointed as Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister) in September 2015 by new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Burgon was promoted to Shadow Justice Secretary in June 2016 following multiple resignations in protest against the leadership of Corbyn.

Richard burgon on bbc sunday politics 28 05 2017


Early life and education

Burgon was educated at Cardinal Heenan Roman Catholic High School in Leeds. As this school did not have a sixth form, he moved onto St Aidan's and St John Fisher Associated Sixth Form in Harrogate to complete his A-Levels. He then studied English Literature at St John's College, Cambridge. He was chair of Cambridge University Labour Club.

He is the nephew of the former Labour MP Colin Burgon.

Career

Burgon qualified as a solicitor in 2006, and was a trade union lawyer before being elected as the MP for Leeds East at the 2015 general election.

Standing on the floor of the House of Commons in May 2015 he prefaced his mandatory oath of allegiance to Elizabeth II by expressing his support for constitutional change for an elected head of state: "As someone that believes that the head of state should be elected I make this oath in order to serve my constituents".

He was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015. Corbyn appointed him as shadow economic secretary to the treasury (city minister).

In an October 2015 Channel 4 News interview, Burgon admitted that despite being Shadow City Minister for more than a month he was still yet to actually meet anyone from the city of London's finance and banking industry, nor could he predict the UK budget deficit for 2015. A month later he was still yet to hold any such meeting.

Burgon was promoted to Shadow Justice Secretary on 27 June 2016 following multiple resignations in protest against the leadership of Corbyn.

Views

Burgon is regarded as being on the left of the Labour Party and has taken part in People's Assembly Against Austerity protests. He has opposed military intervention and the bombing of Syria following the November 2015 Paris attacks by ISIS militants.

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