Richard Burden was the MP for Birmingham Northfield from 1992 until 2020.
Having lived in Birmingham for most of his adult life, he is a strong community advocate, for his constituency and Birmingham as a whole. His maiden speech in Parliament called for a greater focus on the needs of outer city urban areas; a thee which has run though his work ever since
Richard’s work is strongly focused on regeneration and regional growth. Richard advocates for jobs and opportunities in South West Birmingham, an area which has faced major economic challenges – particularly following the collapse of MG Rover at Longbridge in 2005. Richard has launched the CLIMB Project to attract local investment to the area and to build skills and opportunities for young people. He chaired Parliament’s West Midlands Select Committee in 2009- 10, particularly focusing on the impact of the global recession on the region and recommending actions to be taken.
In October 2013 Richard was appointed as Labour’s Shadow Transport Minister with responsibility for issues including roads, road safety and standards, the motoring agencies, aviation, maritime, active travel, freight, and future transport – including low emission vehicles. He speaks regularly both within and outside of Parliament on issues such as road safety, walking and cycling, technology and future vehicles – and led for the Labour Frontbench on the Government’s Infrastructure Bill. Since 2013 he has spearheaded a ‘fix it first’ campaign to tackle the national pothole epidemic on local roads.
Richard has had a strong interest in the motor industry for many years. As MP he chaired the All Party Motor Group in Parliament, which seeks to address issues of strategic importance to the UK automotive industry, the motorsport industry and vehicle users and to promote dialogue between politicians, industry, vehicle users and other stakeholders. A former amateur racing driver, remains a motor sport fan and once won a House of Commons vs. House of Lords motor race.
In addition to his local role in Birmingham Northfield and his work on national issues, Richard is active on international affairs. He served on Parliament’s International Development Committee between 2005 and 2013, representing the Committee on Arms Export Control matters and chairing a sub-committee monitoring the work of the UK Independent Commission on Aid Impact. As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Palestine he was instrumental in securing the historic House of Commons motion calling on the UK Government to recognise the State of Palestine, which was passed in October 2014 by 274 votes to 12.