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Moorlands MP lands key role as Home Office minister

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

Karen Bradley after winning the Staffordshire Moorlands seat on 2010.

Karen Bradley after winning the Staffordshire Moorlands seat on 2010.

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STAFORDSHIRE Moorlands MP Karen Bradley has been promoted to the post of Minister for Serious and Organised Crime by Prime Minister David Cameron.

She will now become a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office.

Mrs Bradley said she was very surprised when she received the call from the Prime Minister while in Biddulph on Saturday.

She said: "My role covers a number of areas, but most easily summarised as Minister for Serious and Organised Crime.

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"Within that I will be focusing on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking to start with.

"The other part of my brief is also important which is ensuring that the UK secures the op-outs it needs from EU rules on justice and home affairs.

"So, I will be fighting to make sure that we make our own rules on our own security.

"I was in Biddulph on Saturday lunchtime, having visited Leek Fire Station and Leek Library and the Biddulph library in the morning. As I was on the way back from shopping I received a call from the Prime Minister.

"It can be officially said that I was asked to take on this new role while sitting in the car on Tunstall Road in Biddulph. I had no idea in advance but was honoured to accept the job.

"I was incredibly surprised and humbled by the news. The only job in politics I have ever looked for is to be the MP for Staffordshire Moorlands, but I am pleased to serve the public in my new role at the Home Office as well as continuing to be a constituency MP."

For the last 18 months Mrs Bradley was Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury as a Senior Government Whip.

She added: "Backbenchers can of course do a great job at representing their constituents, but there are also advantages to being a minister in the Government such as having direct access to cabinet ministers. Because I know how important immigration and UK sovereignty are to so many people in my constituency I am pleased that my new role gives me the opportunity to make a real difference in those areas and will benefit the people of Staffordshire Moorlands."

The Moorlands MP is now expected to represent the Home Secretary at sub-cabinet committee meetings and other cabinet level meetings if necessary.

Standing for the Conservative party, Mrs Bradley was elected as the Staffordshire Moorlands MP in 2010 when she beat Labour's Charlotte Atkins for the seat.

She was born in Cheddleton and educated at Buxton Girls' School and Imperial College London, from where she graduated with a BSc in Mathematics.

Married with two children, Mrs Bradley contested Manchester Withington seat at the 2005 general election, coming third. She was selected to fight the Staffordshire Moorlands seat by the Conservatives in July 2006.

After university she qualified as both a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser, and spent nearly 20 years in the business, working as an accountant for two of the major accounting firms, and with a spell as a self-employed tax and economics consultant. Read Karen Bradley's weekly column on Page 22

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