ConservativeHome is inviting Tory MPs to complete brief profile questionnaires. We are grateful to David Burrowes for kicking off the series. We'll publish Tim Loughton's responses tomorrow.

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David Burrowes MP.

Date of birth: 12th June 1969.

Constituency: Enfield Southgate.

Areas of interest and expertise:

  • Criminal justice
  • Drugs and Alcohol policy
  • Family policy
  • Umbilical cord blood
  • Cyprus, Israel and Burma.

Distinguishing career milestones: (including education, jobs, positions and offices held):

  • Exeter Law LLB;
  • Criminal Defence Solicitor;
  • London Borough of Enfield Councillor -Cabinet Member for Voluntary and Community Development;
  • Deputy Chair of Social Justice Policy Group review of addictions;
  • Shadow Justice Minister;
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to Francis Maude, Oliver Letwin and now Owen Paterson.

Greatest source of political pride: (could be swing, legislation passed, involvement in a campaign): Securing freedom for my constituent Gary McKinnon from extradition to US.

Political hero and why:

William Wilberforce for his Christian convictions, persistence, principles and social reform.

Inspiring political quote:

GK Chesterton – “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.”

What advice would you give to a young politician?:

Make sure politics is not your life and you are rooted in your local community.


  • Do you support gay marriage? No
  • At how many weeks of pregnancy should abortion become illegal? Am in principle pro life so would support any reduction in time limits which reduces number of abortions
  • Should we legalise assisted dying? No
  • At some point drugs like cannabis should become legal? No
  • In, out or reform of Europe? Reform or out
  • Favourite US president? Reagan
  • Who is likeliest to be next Tory PM – Boris or one of the 2010 intake? Neither!
  • English votes for English laws? Not yet
  • Will America, China or India be the most powerful nation by 2050? China
  • You have to increase taxes on high value properties, air travel or tobacco? Which one? Tobacco.

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