About David Burrowes

Biography

David Burrowes was Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate from 2005 – 2017.

David was born in 1969. He is married to Janet and has six children, Barnaby and Harriet, Dougal, Dorothy, Noah and Toby. David has lived  in Enfield Southgate all his life, first in Cockfosters, then Winchmore Hill and now Southgate. He was educated in Barnet, Highgate and then at Exeter University.

David works as a solicitor for the Enfield firm Shepherd Harris and Co, specialising in criminal law before and since leaving Parliament. He is Chairman of the Equity Release Council and Executive Director of the Strengthening Families Manifesto. David is an elder of his local church in Enfield, a school governor at Dame Alice Owens and a member of the Centre for Social Justice Addiction Advisory Board.

In 1994, David was elected as the youngest councillor in the London Borough of Enfield representing Trent Ward. During the next 8 years David held a number of positions in the Conservative Group - as Lead Member on Corporate Services and Education. In 2002, David was elected to represent Winchmore Hill Ward and became Cabinet Member for Voluntary and Community Development; Leisure Services was also added to David's portfolio. David was the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Edmonton at the General Election in 2001.

In Parliament David was a member of key select committees - Public Administration, Public Accounts and Home Affairs. He was also a Shadow Justice Minister between 2007 to 2010 and then was a member of the Coalition Government from 2010 as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Cabinet Office Ministers Francis Maude and Oliver Letwin, and Environment Secretary Owen Paterson from 2012 to 2014 until he resigned to lead a law change to toughen up knife crime sentencing.

David championed many issues in Parliament - criminal justice, drugs and alcohol treatment, family policy, religious liberty, international human rights, welfare reform, refugees, and immigration detention. David took a particular foreign policy interest in the countries of Israel, Burma, Turkey and Cyprus.

David led changes in national policy and legislation - establishing the compensation fund for victims from prisoners’ earnings, mandatory prison sentences for knife offenders (known as ‘Enfield’s Law’ after a spate of local knife fatalities), stopping the relaxation of Sunday Trading laws, increasing provision for child refugees, securing additional funds for Universal Credit and disability benefit recipients, and was architect of the new curriculum requirement of Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education.

In Enfield Southgate David has been a strong local champion - such as helping secure £120 million investment in the new Chase Farm Hospital, the redevelopment of properties along A406, ensuring new train carriages included in the franchise awarded to Govia, organising Jobs Fairs, including a Disability Confident Jobs Fair, setting up a tree planting replacement scheme in Grange Park, successfully campaigning to stop the Pinkham Waste Management plant, and for the restoration of Trent Park’s Mansion House and establishment of Museum. 

David was selected as Enfield Southgate’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in November 2017 and he has since been out every week across Enfield Southgate campaigning to make Enfield a better place to live and work, and seek to be Enfield Southgate’s stronger local voice in Parliament.