Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP

Biography

Alistair Burt was appointed Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development on 13 June 2017. He entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 and was elected Conservative MP for north east Bedfordshire in 2001.

Alistair served as Minister of State for Community and Social Care at the Department of Health from May 2015 until July 2016. Previously he served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from May 2010 until October 2013.

Education

Alistair was educated at Bury Grammar School, and studied at St John’s College Oxford, where he was president of the university law society.

Political career

  • Member of Parliament for Bury North 1983 to 1997
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Environment, for Education and Science and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1985 to 1990
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State then Minister of State, Department of Social Security 1992 to 1997
  • Member of Parliament for north east Bedfordshire 2001 to present
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition 2002 to 2005
  • Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government 2005 to 2008
  • Opposition Assistant Chief Whip 2008 to 2010
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Foreign & Commonwealth Office May 2010 to October 2013
  • Minister of State for Community and Social Care at the Department of Health from May 2015 to July 2016

Career outside politics

Alistair became a solicitor in 1980 and served on Haringey Council in London from 1982 to 1984.

Personal life

Alistair and his wife Eve have 2 grown-up children.

Minister of State for International Development

Ministerial portfolio responsibilities for DFID:

  • Middle East and North Africa*
  • Conflict, humanitarian, and security (CHASE)
  • Human Development (Global Health Security, WATSAN, NTDs)
  • Global Funds Department
  • Cross Government Fund (CSSF)

*The joint ministerial lead is applicable by geographic area only.

Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Responsibilities include:

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • estates and security
  • stabilisation (including Stabilisation Unit)

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Community and Social Care

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 2010 to 2013

Announcements

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  1. Violence in Gaza on 14 May 2018: UK response

    • News story
  2. Iraq election 2018: statement from Minister for the Middle East

    • Press release
  3. UK welcomes Syrian Negotiation Commission

    • Press release
  4. Statement on first parliamentary elections in Lebanon since 2009

    • Press release
  5. Statement from UK on President Abbas' comments

    • Press release
  6. UK condemns attack on Libyan Elections Commission

    • Press release
  7. Minister for the Middle East visits Libya

    • Press release
  8. UK aid package to create jobs and improve infrastructure in Lebanon

    • News story
  9. Marking the anniversary of the Khan Sheikhoun attack: article by Alistair Burt

    • Speech
  10. UK gives more emergency food for Yemen as number at risk of starvation reaches all time high of 8 million

    • Press release