James with Alistair Burt at the Foreign Office
James with Alistair Burt at the Foreign Office

Party lines ignored as common ground found with meeting of Bury North MPs current and past to discuss world issues and the Shakers.

Current MP for Bury North, James Frith, met with a former occupant of the seat recently in his new role to discuss key matters of state – and a mutual love of Bury FC!

James met Alistair Burt, who served as MP for Bury North from 1983 to 1997, at the Foreign Office where he currently serves as Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa. Alistair was re-elected as an MP for North East Bedfordshire in 2001.

After some time sharing notes on where each other’s respective families grew up or were born, the Shakers’ season was briefly in review, with James admitting Alistair is a Shakers Scholar.

The bulk of the meeting was taken over by discussion of world affairs. James discussed key foreign policy issues of concern to the people of Bury, including the Israel/Palestine conflict, the ongoing plight of the Rohingya and the alarming rise in persecution of Christians around the world.

James said: “We come from different political families and respectfully disagree on a range of issues, but I know many local people remember Alistair as an excellent constituency MP for Bury North and I’ve found him very helpful in our regular interactions on key matters of foreign policy raised with me by local people on which I’d like to see the government taking more action. ”

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