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 was brought up to believe that socialism and common decency went together. That if you believe in equality, then you should treat everyone with the same respect and dignity. That if you believe in cooperation over competition then you should, well, cooperate. And if you believe that power, wealth and opportunity should be in the hands of the many, not the few, then you should be prepared to stand up to powerful people – especially when there’s bullying. That’s why I’m backing Johanna Baxter to be a CLP representative on Labour’s NEC. Because she believes this too. And she practices what she has preaches – standing up to every party leader – without fear or favour – and to the most powerful figures in our party. And she has been prepared to do so in the eye teeth of ferocious opposition.
And she doesn’t just talk about party democracy: she has proved she believes in it by the miles she has travelled, visiting more than 180 CLPs during her period on the NEC. This is more than all the other CLP NEC representatives put together. Some of the CLPs she has visited have been in some of the remotest corners of the country – places that hadn’t seen sight of an NEC member in decades.
Cut Johanna and she bleeds red. She has socialism and trade unionism flowing through every blood cell in her body. She is a person of courage, passion, conviction, integrity and principle. And above all, common decency. We need more – not less – people like Johanna running the Labour party.