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.
I am fiercely proud of my Labour roots in the old West Cumberland Coalfield. Of my great great grandfather who helped to organise supplies to the Jarrow Marches, of his son-in-law, a miner, Labour activist and First World War veteran. Of communities who taught me the meaning of solidarity, common decency and the dignity of hard work.
But they are only half my story. The other half is slightly more challenging to talk about in Labour circles. (more…)