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Conor Burns is a British politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bournemouth West since 2010. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as Minister of State for Trade Policy from 2019 to 2020 and again in 2022 and Minister of State for Northern Ireland from 2021 to 2022. Burns moved to Hertfordshire aged eight. He worked in finance and communications before being elected for Bournemouth West at the 2010 general election.
Burns served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson from 2010 to 2012 when he resigned due to his opposition to the House of Lords Reform Bill 2012. He served as PPS to Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson, before resigning from the post in 2018 because Conor Burns wanted to speak more openly on other areas of policy. Following Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister, Burns served as Minister of State for Trade Policy.
He resigned from the post in 2020 after a Commons Select Committee on Standards inquiry found that he had threatened to use parliamentary privilege to intimidate a member of the public for his family’s gain during a financial dispute involving his father. In the 2021 cabinet reshuffle, Johnson re-appointed Burns to his government as Minister of State for Northern Ireland. He returned as Minister of State for Trade Policy after Liz Truss became Prime Minister in September 2022. Truss dismissed Burns from the post the following month when he had the whip suspended following an allegation of serious misconduct at the 2022 Conservative Party Conference.
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Conor Burns was born on September 24, 1972 (age 50 years) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He moved with his parents and siblings to Hertfordshire in 1980. He was educated at the independent St Columba’s College, St Albans, and read Modern History and Politics at the University of Southampton. While at university, he was chairman of the Southampton University Conservative Association from 1992 to 1993 and chairman of Wessex Area Conservatives from 1993 to 1994. He held a number of jobs in the communications and finance sectors, including as director of the Policy Research Centre for Business Ltd, company secretary for DeHavilland Global Knowledge Distribution plc, manager for Zurich Advice Network and associate director of the public affairs company PLMR.
Conor Burns stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate in the Peartree ward of Southampton City Council in 1994 and the Woolston ward in 1995. He again stood unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in the Peartree ward in 1996, before being elected in the St Luke’s ward in 1999. Conor Burns was Conservative Group Leader from 2001. However, in May 2002, the whole council was up for re-election and Burns came off the council after being defeated in Bassett ward. He stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative Party candidate for Eastleigh at the 2001 general election.
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Burns was an unsuccessful candidate at the Hedge End Town Council elections in Eastleigh in 2005. He stood again as the Conservative Party candidate for the Eastleigh constituency at the 2005 general election but was again defeated. He was the vice president of the Young Britons’ Foundation, an Anglo-American conservative training and education organization, before the 2010 general election. He went on to be awarded the Young Britons’ Foundation Golden Dolphin award “for his stoic support for the Young Britons’ Foundation since its creation in 2003”.
He was a member of the A-List of candidates and was selected in September 2008 as the Conservative Party candidate for Bournemouth West. He was elected for the seat at the 2010 general election. Conor Burns was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Hugo Swire, the Minister of State for Northern Ireland, in 2010, before which he briefly sat on the Education Select Committee. On 10 July 2012 he resigned as PPS to Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Owen Paterson to vote against the Coalition’s House of Lords Reform Bill, of which he had been a consistent critic.
Conor Burns has also served in Parliament as a member of the Administration Committee and the Culture, Media and Sport Committee. In 2011, he abstained from military intervention in Libya. In 2014, Burns referred the charity Oxfam to the Charity Commission, stating that a tweet from the charity was “overtly political”. He later criticized a letter from Church of England bishops urging Christians to engage with the 2015 election as “naive” and “factually wrong”. Alongside his work as an MP, Burns works as a consultant for Trant Engineering Ltd., earning £10,000 quarterly for 10 hours of work a month.
Burns acts as a consultant for the Quantum Group, real estate developers, working six hours a month for a quarterly fee of £6,250. In 2015, an article in Private Eye implied that Burns’ opposition to Navitus Bay Windfarm and subsidies for renewables was due to his connections to the oil and gas industry through Trant Engineering. He has chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Bahrain; he has written articles defending the Kingdom’s human rights record. He accepted all-expenses-paid trips to Bahrain while it was facing mass pro-democracy protests which were later repressed.
In August 2017, Conor Burns said his Twitter account was hacked after it sent a series of aggressive posts to Michel Barnier’s account demanding how the UK’s Brexit bill was legally calculated. Burns resigned as PPS to Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson on 9 July 2018 because he wanted to speak more openly on other areas of policy. In October 2018, Burns was investigated by his party over allegations of racist remarks about travelers in a letter to his local newspaper, following the arrival of a traveler encampment in the center of Bournemouth.
Conor Burns said: “These people think the normal rules of civilized society do not apply to them” and stated those involved in the encampment had turned the town into “a no-go area for local residents and visitors.” Conor Burns was appointed as Minister of State for Trade Policy following the appointment of Johnson as Prime Minister. He resigned from this position on 4 May 2020 after a Commons Select Committee on Standards investigation led by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards found he had intimidated a member of the public. He had written a letter on House of Commons notepaper in February 2019 in which he threatened to use parliamentary privilege to reveal the name of the director of a company that owed his father money as part of a long-running financial dispute and who had previously held a senior position in local government.
Burns initially denied the claim as he stated he was allowed to use parliamentary privilege for such matters but the committee found Burns guilty of threatening to use parliamentary privilege to intimidate a member of the public for his family’s gain. Following the findings of the committee and subsequent vote by MPs, he was suspended from Parliament on 11 May for a period of seven days. On 23 August 2021, Johnson appointed Burns as the UK’s trade envoy to Canada. On 16 September, Burns was appointed Minister of State for Northern Ireland during the second cabinet reshuffle of the second Johnson ministry.
On 25 January 2022, during the Westminster lockdown parties controversy, in an interview with Channel 4 News, Burns defended Johnson over an alleged surprise birthday get-together on 19 June 2020. Burns said that, rather than being a pre-planned party, Johnson was “ambushed with a cake”. Conor Burns’ comments were ridiculed online in a series of memes. Following the appointment of Liz Truss as Prime Minister, Burns was appointed to his former post of Minister of State for Trade Policy. He was dismissed from the position on 7 October, when he had the whip suspended following an allegation of serious misconduct at the 2022 Conservative Party Conference. He was also suspended as a patron of LGBT+ Conservatives.
Conor Burns called for the international community in 2008 to prepare a contingency plan for the governance of Zimbabwe after the eventual departure from office of Robert Mugabe. He was outspoken in calling on former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to grant asylum to young gay Iranian student Mehdi Kazemi. A friend of Captain James Philippson, who died in Afghanistan, Burns has been critical of the perceived failure of the Ministry of Defence to provide troops with the appropriate equipment, stating that many troops “would be alive today had they had the most basic of equipment”.
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Burns as a strong Eurosceptic was critical of the electoral system used to choose and rank Conservative candidates to run on lists to be Members of the European Parliament and the impact of UK Independence Party candidates in denying victory to Conservative candidates. In the 2017 election, this was not a problem for him personally as UKIP opted not to place a candidate in his constituency due to his strong Eurosceptic stance. Before voting for the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 he stated that he needed “cast iron guarantees” that religious organizations would not be forced into conducting same-sex marriages. Burns voted in favour of the bill at its second reading but did not vote at its third and final reading.
Conor Burns is not married and has no wife or children. He is openly gay. A practicing Roman Catholic, he said in 2014 he feels unable to take communion since Bishop Philip Egan, of the diocese in which Burns resides, stated that those politicians who voted for same-sex marriage, even with the caveats upon which Burns had insisted (i.e. “guarantees that… churches would not ultimately be forced under human rights legislation to conduct such ceremonies”), should refrain from taking the sacrament. Burns was a friend of Margaret Thatcher in the later years of her life and spoke in the House of Commons debate on 10 April 2013 following her death. Burns is a keen snooker fan and was previously chair of the All-Party Parliamentary snooker group. As of mid-2022, Conor Burns is not married and hasn’t disclosed his partner to the general public.
Conor Burns net worth
How much is Conor Burns worth? Conor Burns net worth is estimated at around $3 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a politician. Conor Burns’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $400,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential politicians in the United Kingdom. Conor Burns stands at an appealing height of 1.81m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.