Welcome to my website
Welcome to my website. My name is Rachel Burgin and I am a Labour Party activist living in North Hertfordshire and working in the City.
I come from a family that has deeps roots in the history and traditions of the Labour Party, but the values my forefathers lived by and fought for – values of community, solidarity and mutuality – are as true today as there were then. And they are as true in North Hertfordshire as they are on the old West Cumberland Coalfield
Those values helped me defeat the BNP in Cumbria and as a National Executive Committee member of the Labour Finance & Industry Group, they are helping me work for a One Nation Industrial Strategy aimed at bringing prosperity to every corner of the country.
Those values are also needed here in North Hertfordshire as we confront a desperate housing crisis and an escalating cost of living that is depriving people of their quality of life and sense of financial security. I hope you will join me in fighting for a better – and more prosperous – future.
It is six years to the day since I first made contact with my husband, Paul Burgin. This anniversary has forced me to reflect not just on the last six years but the years that preceded it.
I had many good male friends over the years but most weren’t “boyfriends” in the normal sense. But I was very much single for at least the six years before I met Paul during the period I lived in Cumbria.
This was something I found increasingly painful as the years went by. My situation was aggravated by a number of factors including living in a very remote corner of the country where my social circle was severely limited by Geography. The people I met at church or in the office would be the same people I would bump into in town or on a night out. Widening my social circle took real effort – and an awful lot of driving long distances. Yesterday, I hopped on the tube after work and within half an hour I was inside the Palaces of Westminster meeting up with Labour comrades and making new friends – something completely inconceivable during my days in Cumbria. (more…)