18 Facts About Alex Burghart


Michael Alex Burghart is a British politician, academic and former teacher who has served as Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar since 2017.


Alex Burghart attended Millfield School in Somerset, having gained a scholarship to the school.


Alex Burghart became a political and policy adviser to Tim Loughton MP, then Shadow Minister for Children and Young People in 2008.


Alex Burghart moved on to the Department for Education, where he worked on the Munro Review of Child Protection.


In 2012 Alex Burghart became Director of Policy at the Centre for Social Justice.


In February 2016 Alex Burghart was appointed Director of Strategy and Advocacy for the Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield.


Alex Burghart stood against Jeremy Corbyn in Islington North in 2015.

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Alex Burghart was selected for the Brentwood and Ongar seat under by-election rules on 28 April 2017 following the decision by Sir Eric Pickles to stand down at the 2017 general election.


Alex Burghart was re-elected on 12 December 2019 with an increased majority of 29,065.


Alex Burghart has been a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Work and Pensions Select Committee.


Alex Burghart was previously Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, and to the Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Karen Bradley.


In July 2019, at the formation of the first Johnson ministry, Alex Burghart was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


On 17 September 2021, Alex Burghart was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills at the Department for Education during the second cabinet reshuffle of the second Johnson ministry.


On 6 July 2022, Alex Burghart resigned from government, citing Boris Johnson's handling of the Chris Pincher scandal in a joint statement with fellow Ministers Kemi Badenoch, Neil O'Brien, Lee Rowley and Julia Lopez.


On 21 September 2022, Alex Burghart was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions and Growth at the Department for Work and Pensions.


On 25th February 2023, Alex Burghart was re-adopted by the Parliamentary Selection Council of the Brentwood and Ongar Conservative Association to represent the Conservative Party, for the Brentwood and Ongar seat at the next General Election.


Alex Burghart has written extensively about early medieval England, writing for The Times Literary Supplement for over 12 years, The Spectator and BBC History.


Alex Burghart has sat on the Board of the Yarlington Housing Group and was Vice Chair of Governors at Queensmill School for children with autism.