Profile for the Herts AdvertiserFebruary 6th, 2015
Rachel Burgin works for a niche Energy Law firm based in the City that specializes in Renewable Energy projects in Africa. She is married to Paul who is a retail worker and trainee Methodist Lay Preacher.
With deep roots in the religion and politics of the old West Cumberland Coalfield, Rachel spent most of her young adulthood serving her local community as a Sunday School teacher, Youth Leader, School Governor and Parish Councillor. She came into politics when the BNP posed a direct threat to her community and values and she successfully headed up the campaign to prevent them winning Council seats.
Her abilities in community campaigning and commitment to public service were recognised when she secured a place on Labour’s fiercely competitive Future Candidates’ Programme. She now serves on the National Executive Committee of the Labour Finance and Industry Group with whom she engages with Business Leaders at the highest level and has had direct input into shaping Labour’s Energy policy. Also active in Christians on the Left, she is a “key player” in the organisation’s renewal and growth.
- Since her selection in March 2014, Rachel has spoken to 1,000s of voters across the constituency and has been committed to campaigning on the issues that matter. This has included:
- Participating in the People’s March for the NHS as it travelled through Harpenden, speaking at a rally in town and initiating a petition to improve local GP services;
- Undertaking a survey on people’s attitudes to the job market that highlighted voters’ concerns about low pay and insecure work;
- Campaigning at Harpenden, Hitchin and King’s Cross / St. Pancras stations on rising rail fares and their impact on commuters’ cost of living;
- Speaking up in defence of Hitchin Town Football Club’s Top Field and participating in the March and Rally in Hitchin;
- Visiting (so far) more than a dozen faith communities across the constituency.
If elected as the MP for Hitchin & Harpenden, Rachel is committed to:
- Undertaking her work on a fulltime basis and taking no second job;
- Have one home in the constituency and not claiming expenses on a second property;
- Maintaining the utmost integrity and propriety in her claims for parliamentary expenses;
- Being active and visible across the constituency, and continuing to campaign as if the seat was a “marginal”;
- Being visible in every school community so that every pupil and student across the constituency recognises their local MP.
“The next General Election is a “high stakes” election: it will determine the future of our economy for generations to come. We can either continue the “race to the bottom” on wages and employment rights – and the consequential “race to the top” on foodbanks and loan sharks – or, under Labour, we can build a better, high skilled, high wage economy that shares the nation’s prosperity with all.
Voters also have the opportunity to challenge the notion that Hitchin & Harpenden is a safe Conservative constituency. Only a vote for Labour will make the current MP sit up and take note.”