Richard Burgon

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Born19 September 1980
Alma materSt John's College (Cambridge)
Member ofBelmarsh Tribunal

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Leeds East

In office
8 May 2015 - Present

Richard Burgon (born 19 September 1980) is a British Labour Party politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds East since 8 May 2015 and as Secretary of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs, which represents the Bennite tradition within the Parliamentary Labour Party.[1]

Richard Burgon stood for election as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party following the resignation on 6 November 2019 of Tom Watson.[2] Angela Rayner was elected Deputy Leader in April 2020.

Shadow cabinet

Richard Burgon was appointed Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister) in September 2015 by new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Burgon was promoted to Shadow Justice Secretary and Shadow Lord Chancellor in June 2016 following the organised mass resignations in protest against the leadership of Corbyn.


Burgon studied English Literature at St John's College, Cambridge, where he was chair of Cambridge University Labour Club. After working as a trade union lawyer, he was elected as the MP for Leeds East at the UK/2015 General Election.


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