Tom Bradley (British politician)

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Thomas George Bradley (13 April 1926 – 9 September 2002) was a British politician.

Kettering-born, Bradley was educated at Kettering Central School and worked in the mines during World War II. He became a railway clerk at Oundle and was national treasurer of the clerks' union, the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association from 1961, its president from 1964 to 1977, and was its acting General Secretary for four months in 1977 after the retirement of the previous General Secretary (David MacKenzie) on health grounds. He served as a councillor on Northamptonshire County Council from 1952 and as an alderman from 1961.

Bradley contested Rutland and Stamford as a Labour candidate in 1950, 1951 and 1955, and Preston South in 1959. He was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Leicester North East at a 1962 by-election, representing Leicester East from 1974. He served as parliamentary private secretary to the Home Secretary from 1966.

Bradley was among the Labour MPs who defected to the new Social Democratic Party in 1981.

In 1983, he stood for re-election in Leicester East but came third with 21% of the vote. This however may have had the effect of helping the Conservative candidate Peter Bruinvels beat the future Labour minister Patricia Hewitt by 933 votes. He died in Kettering aged 76.


Tom Bradley joined the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company as a junior clerk in the Goods Depot at Kettering in 1941.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Lynn Ungoed-Thomas
Member of Parliament for Leicester North East
1962February 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Leicester East
February 19741983
Succeeded by
Peter Bruinvels
Party political offices
Preceded by
Fred Mulley
Chair of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
John Chalmers
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Ray Gunter
President of the Railway Clerks' Association
1965 – 1977
Succeeded by
Walter Johnson