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.
In 1929, the China Inland Mission (now OMF) sent out a call for 200 workers. It wasn’t an easy sell as there had been a brutal Civil War: half their workers had fled the country and many of those who remained had been killed. In order to make the case to the churches for why people should go to such a dangerous place and risk their lives, Francis Houghton was commissioned to write a hymn. He produced “Facing a Task Unfinished”. It begins:
Facing a task unfinished
That drives us to our knees
A need that, undiminished
Rebukes our slothful ease
It was precisely these words that came to my mind on Friday evening as I found myself standing next to the Archbishop of Canterbury in Parliament Square. The causes that Jo Cox has laboured for over the course of the last 20 years have benefited millions of the world’s poorest people. In parliament, she gained a reputation for being perhaps the most articulate and effective advocate of Syrian refugees. We have lost Jo but the Syrian refugees are still with us and they are as much in need of advocates as ever. In fact, every cause that Jo has ever fought for – whether that be modern slavery or maternal mortality – is still with us. Francis Houghton continues that we bear the torch that fell from the hands of those who have given their lives. The hymn goes onto say: (more…)