Karen Bradley

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Karen Bradley
Karen Bradley at UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum.jpg
Bradley at the UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum in June 2014
Minister for Security
Assumed office
8 February 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by James Brokenshire(as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Crime and Security)
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
In office
7 October 2013 – 8 February 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Robert Goodwill
Succeeded by John Penrose
Member of Parliament
for Staffordshire Moorlands
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Charlotte Atkins
Majority 10,174 (23.9%)
Personal details
Born Karen Anne Howarth
(1970-03-12) 12 March 1970 (age 45)
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Neil Austin Bradley
Children 2 sons
Residence Leek, Staffordshire
Alma mater Imperial College London
Committees Work and Pensions Select Committee
Religion Christian
Website karenbradley.co.uk

Karen Anne Bradley[1] (born 12 March 1970)[2] is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Staffordshire Moorlands, elected at the 2010 general election.[3][4] In September 2012, she was appointed as an Assistant Government Whip in the Government Whips' Office.[5] In 2013, she was promoted becoming a Government Whip (Junior Lord of the Treasury). In February 2014, she became Minister for Security , based in the Home Office and replacing James Brokenshire.[6]


Born Karen Anne Howarth in Newcastle-under-Lyme,[7] she was educated at Buxton Girls' School and Imperial College London, where she graduated with a BSc in Mathematics.

In 1991 she joined Deloitte & Touche as a tax manager, and after seven years she became a senior tax manager with KPMG. In 2004 she set up business as a fiscal and economic consultant before rejoining KPMG in 2007, where she remained until her election to the House of Commons.[6]

She contested Manchester Withington at the 2005 general election, coming third. She was a member of the Conservative Party's A-List and was selected for Staffordshire Moorlands in July 2006.[8]

Karen Bradley was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee since 2010, and in 2012 was elected co-secretary of the backbench 1922 Committee.[9] She relinquished these positions on her appointment to the Government Whips' Office in September 2012.

She is married to Neil Bradley and they have two sons.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charlotte Atkins
Member of Parliament for Staffordshire Moorlands