Minister of State for Community and Social Care

The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP


Alistair Burt MP was appointed Minister of State for Community and Social Care at the Department of Health in May 2015.

He entered Parliament for the first time in 1983 and was elected Conservative MP for north east Bedfordshire in 2001.


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

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 Community and Social Care

Ministerial responsibilities include:

  • adult social care
  • autism
  • integration
  • local government
  • mental health
  • older people
  • physical and learning disabilities
  • allied health professions
  • primary care, including dentistry and ophthalmic services:
    • GP contract
    • out of hours care
    • pharmacy
    • primary care commissioning policy

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 2010 to 2013


  1. Health and social care integration
  2. Carers' health
  3. Choice in health and social care
  4. Dementia
  5. End of life care
  6. Long term health conditions
  7. Mental health service reform


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