Welcome to my website
Welcome to my website. My name is Rachel Burgin. I come from a family who have lived in Copeland since the 1870s and Cumbria since the Middle Ages. I have worked in the Energy Industry for most of the last 11 years, initially onsite at Sellafield and then on the corporate restructuring of the UK Nuclear Decommissioning industry. I was transferred to London in 2010 initially to work on the UK’s Nuclear New Build programme but I also gained experience on several major Renewables projects. I currently work on the Finance side of Energy projects in Canada. I stood against Climate Change sceptic, Peter Lilley in Hitchin & Harpenden in 2015 where I increased Labour’s vote by 4,000, against the national swing. I serve as National Vice Chair of Labour Business. When I lived in Copeland I served as a school governor and parish councillor in Parton, and church youth worker at St. Bridget’s Church, Moresby.
The views expressed on this website are my own and not those of my employer.
During my campaigning in the Copeland by-election, I have frequently made reference to the following motion that was moved by the GMB trade union at Labour Party Conference in 2016. It clearly states support for the construction new nuclear power stations. Conference delegates voted on the motion and it overwhelmingly passed.
Within the Labour party, it is National Conference that decides on party policy, not the party leader.
Conference notes that: the USA and China have ratified the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 4/5 September but the Government has failed to do so; the Government in merging the Department of Energy and Climate Change into the new Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has signalled that Climate Change is irrelevant;
Conference condemns the Government’s refusal to ratify the Paris Agreement immediately and calls on the Government to both ratify it immediately and seek to meet its obligations before 2050.Conference reaffirms its commitment to both a carbon-neutral environment and limiting global temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial ones.
Britain needs investment in energy and a strategic plan that balances environmental considerations, the need to tackle fuel poverty and job creation in the UK. (more…)