Peter Bradley (politician)
|Member of Parliament |
for The Wrekin
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Bruce Grocott|
|Succeeded by||Mark Pritchard|
|Councillor (Millbank Ward)|
|Preceded by||A.L. Cotcher (Con)|
|Succeeded by||Mair Eluned Garside (Lab)|
12 April 1953|
|Alma mater||University of Sussex|
Bradley was born in Erdington, Birmingham, on 12 April 1953 to Fred and Trudie Bradley. He was educated at Abingdon School – where he was a classmate of Francis Maude – and the University of Sussex, followed by Occidental College, Los Angeles. Before entering Parliament, he was managing director of Millbank Consultants Ltd (1993–97) and previously a director of Good Relations Ltd (1986–93) prior to which he was the research director at the Centre for Contemporary Studies (1979–86).
As a member of Westminster Council and deputy Leader of the Labour Group, he was a leader of the campaign to expose the 'Homes for Votes' scandal which led eventually to the surcharging of the former Conservative Council Leader Dame Shirley Porter and colleagues.
Member of Parliament
In Parliament, he founded and chaired the Rural Group of Labour MPs which played a major part in shaping the Government's Rural White Paper and was subsequently appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Alun Michael. His involvement in the bill to ban hunting led to his constituency being targeted by the Countryside Party at the 2005 election. He was also a target of the strategy led by Lord Ashcroft to concentrate resources on key marginal seats which saw £50,000 donated to the Conservative campaign to unseat him.
Known for his campaigning commitment and skill – and once described by the Mail on Sunday (25 July 1999) as, with Peter Stothard, editor of The Times, and Peter Mandelson, one of "three men with a formidable combination of power and influence" – he secured a saving of £240 million in the annual NHS drugs budget following a successful campaign to regulate pharmaceutical company practices (2001). He also promoted the Members of Parliament (Employment Disqualification) Bill which sought to prevent MPs from neglecting their Parliamentary duties in pursuit of parallel careers (2002) and the Right to Reply & Press Standards Bill (2005) which, with the support of the NUJ, MediaWise and the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom attempted to provide stronger protection to members of the public affected by misrepresentation in the press and to introduce controls on journalists' excesses. In 2011, he submitted evidence to the Leveson Inquiry based on the substance of the Bill. With Alan Whitehead MP, he was also credited with negotiating the restoration of the student grant through the Higher Education Act (2004). He was a member of the Public Administration Select Committee, 1997-9, which played a major role in the development and passage of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. He subsequently lost his seat to Conservative politician Mark Pritchard.
Since leaving Parliament, he was a member of the Affordable Rural Housing Commission (2005–06) and subsequently of the Government's Rural Housing Advisory Group (2007–08).
He is a co-founder and director of the Speakers' Corner Trust, a registered charity promoting free expression, public debate and active citizenship as a means of revitalising civil society in the UK as well as in Berlin, Prague and Nigeria.
Bradley is married to Annie (née Hart), a teacher. They have two children. Bradley is a member of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and supports Aston Villa F.C. He is also an honorary patron of A.F.C. Telford United football club.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for The Wrekin