Edmund Burke

Tory MP Jesse Norman writes books when he is not representing the constituency of Hereford and Hereford South

One of his books is a biography of Edmund Burke a man many people consider to be the ‘father of modern conservatism’. What Burke stood for is essential to understanding what the Conservative party thinks.

Jesse Norman goes one step further though and claims that Burke is a ‘textbook for what a really good MP should be”. Now this is a bold claim regarding a man who lost his Bristol seat as a result of championing a range of causes that he knew to be at odds with the will of his electorate- in essence Burke felt that he knew best and the role of a representative was to do what was best for his constituents not necessarily what they wanted him to do…

A short video of Norman discussing the impact of Burke can be found on the BBC website.



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