Local newspapers have long been part of the fabric of life in our towns and rural areas. But as most MPs (members of parliament) can see with their own eyes, they are facing very dire timesBritish minister reaches out to newspapers Mar 30, 2009
We have always known it would be impossible to contain the virus indefinitely and that at some point we would have to move away from containment to treating the increasing numbers falling illU.K. officials fear H1N1 uncontainable Jul 03, 2009
It is clear that the overall reduction in alcohol-related disorder we wanted to see across the country has not materialized consistently in all areasBritish laws fail to reduce alcohol crime Mar 04, 2008
While we are monitoring closely a number of other trusts where we have concerns, at this stage we have no evidence that there is another trust where we would take action of the kind we have taken at BasildonFirm questions British hospital efforts Nov 30, 2009
The purpose of the NHS is to improve the health and well-being of the general publicDoctor urges better health among NHS staff Nov 23, 2009
Andrew Murray Burnham (born 7 January 1970) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Leigh since 2001, and currently serves in the Cabinet as Health Secretary; prior to that appointment, he was the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Andy Burnham was born in Liverpool, the son of a telephone engineer father and a receptionist mother, and raised in Culcheth, Warrington, close to the village of Lowton (which is at the southern end of the Leigh Parliamentary Constituency). He was educated at St.Catherines primary school then went on to St Aelred's Roman Catholic High School (now St Aelred's Catholic Technology College) on Birley Street in Newton-le-Willows and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge from where he was awarded an MA in English.
He claims to have joined the Labour Party at the age of 14 in 1984 during the miners' strike, and was a researcher to Tessa Jowell MP from 1994 until after the 1997 General Election. He joined the Transport and General Workers Union in 1995. After the 1997 election he was briefly a Parliamentary officer for the NHS Confederation from August until December 1997, before taking up the post as an administrator with the Football Task Force for a year. In 1998, he became a special adviser to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith, where he remained until his election to Parliament. He joined the UNISON trade union in 2000.