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Alistair Burt

Alistair Burt is a former UK Member of Parliament who has twice held ministerial positions in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office — as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State from 2010 to 2013 and as Minister of State for the Middle East from 2017 to 2019. Twitter: @AlistairBurtUK

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UK’s political distractions not helping Middle East role

Spare a thought for the UK’s relatively new Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, known universally as Liz. Appointed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson less than six months ago, never have the burdens the British constitution places on its senior diplomat seemed so onerous.

January 24, 2022

Will English Channel migrant tragedy make a difference?

The UK has been both devastated and polarized by last week’s tragedy in the English Channel, where at least 27 lives were lost when the dinghy carrying them disintegrated in icy waters.

December 02, 2021