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Ben Bradley is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, since the 2017 general election. On 8 January 2018, during Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle, Bradley was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party for Youth. He resigned from his role on 10 July 2018 in protest against May’s strategy in relation to Brexit. He is also the chairman of Blue Collar Conservatives.
Bradley was a councillor on Ashfield District Council from May 2015 to September 2017. He has served on Nottinghamshire County Council since May 2017. After being elected to the House of Commons in June 2017, Bradley chose to resign from Ashfield Council whilst remaining as a Nottinghamshire county councillor. In May 2021, Bradley became the Leader of the Council.
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Benjamin David Bradley was born on December 11, 1989 (age 33 years) in Ripley, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. He is the son of Chris Bradley, a police officer, and Sally Bradley, a public servant. He was privately educated at Derby Grammar School, a selective independent school based in the western Littleover area of Derby. He briefly attended the University of Bath and the University of Salford but did not complete his undergraduate studies at either.
Bradley worked in a variety of jobs including as a landscape gardener, bartender and supermarket shelf stacker after returning to the East Midlands. He subsequently attended Nottingham Trent University where he studied politics, graduating in 2013. He became interested in politics whilst at university. He worked for four months as a recruitment consultant after leaving university. He then became campaign manager and later constituency office manager for Mark Spencer, Conservative MP for Sherwood.
Ben Bradley was elected whilst working for Conservative MP Mark Spencer as Conservative councillor for the Hucknall North Ward on Ashfield District Council in May 2015, taking the newly created third seat for the ward following the approval of new ward boundaries. As well as working for Spencer, Bradley subsequently worked as a senior parliamentary assistant to Nick Boles, the then-Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford.
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Bradley was elected to Nottinghamshire County Council for the Hucknall North seat in May 2017. He was selected as the Conservative candidate for Mansfield for the June 2017 snap general election. He overturned a Labour majority of 5,315 to become the first-ever Conservative MP for the seat. The constituency had been represented by the Labour Party’s Alan Meale since 1987 – before Bradley was born. Labour had held this seat since 1923. Aged 27, he was one of the youngest MPs elected in the 2017 general election, despite the acting Returning Officer wrongly announcing Meale as the victor.
He stepped down in September 2017 from his district council seat following his election as an MP and a by-election the following month saw the new Conservative Party candidate defeated by an Independent candidate for the vacant seat. He has been criticized by political rivals for not standing down as a county councillor following his election to Parliament on the grounds that he had missed key local votes while working in London. However, he argued that his new role as an MP meant that he had better links with which to do his job as a councilor.
Ben Bradley won Parliamentary Beard of the Year in December 2017, after the seven-time former winner, Jeremy Corbyn, was not allowed to stand. Bradley sits on the Education Select Committee conducting Inquiries into Special Educational Needs amongst other issues, and on the All-party Parliamentary groups for Ending Homelessness, Coalfields, Youth Services and Skills and Employment. At the 2021 UK local elections, Bradley became the Leader of the Nottinghamshire County Council, having been elected to the Mansfield North Division.
On 14 December 2021, Bradley broke the party whip to vote against elements of the government’s ‘Plan B’ COVID-19 restrictions, which included vaccine passports and mandatory COVID-19 vaccination of NHS staff. However, he voted in favour of the expansion of laws requiring face coverings to be worn in public places. On 12 May 2022, at a meeting of the full Nottinghamshire County Council, Bradley was re-affirmed as leader until 2025. He was adamant that the dual responsibilities of “…two high-profile, high-intensity roles” had worked well during the first year.
Ben Bradley has said that his political motivation can be summarised as “that if you’re willing to do the right thing and work hard, you should be rewarded.” Bradley voted for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union in the EU membership referendum on 23 June 2016. Since the referendum, in which his constituency voted strongly to leave the EU, Bradley continued to support his party and voted for leaving the European Union.
Bradley had a mixed voting record on Theresa May’s proposed withdrawal deal. On 8 January 2018, during Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, Bradley was appointed as the Vice-Chair for Youth at CCHQ. He later submitted his letter of resignation from this position on 10 July 2018 in protest at her strategy for delivering Brexit.
Shortly after Ben Bradley’s appointment as a Conservative Party Vice Chair in January 2018, he attracted criticism for a 2012 blog post in which he wrote of a “vast sea of unemployed wasters” who he suggested should have vasectomies in order to stop them from having multiple children. He subsequently apologized for the remarks, saying that his “time in politics has allowed me to mature and I now realize that this language is not appropriate”.
In 2016 he apologized for having written “For once, I think police brutality should be encouraged!” in 2011, three days after Mark Duggan was killed by the Metropolitan Police, an event which led to the 2011 riots in London and other English cities. In 2018 Bradley was further criticized by the Labour Party for a 2011 blog post titled “Public sector workers: they don’t know they’re born!”, in which he suggested that public sector workers should find alternative employment if they are unhappy with pay or working conditions.
Ben Bradley claimed online in 2016 that Ashfield District Council had spent £17,000 paying an Indian company to call local residents from a call center in Mumbai. After a local newspaper contacted Bradley to ask him about the false claims, he responded: “I admit the post about using an Indian call center was untrue and I took it down. I was just emphasizing the point that the Council was wasting money.” Whilst working for the Conservative MP Mark Spencer, both Bradley and Spencer were criticized in 2017 by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards for misusing taxpayers’ resources, such as the MP’s newsletter, to link to “overtly party-political content”.
Bradley was sent on a training course on how to use parliamentary resources appropriately. In February 2018, Bradley falsely accused Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter of having “sold British secrets to communist spies” during the 1980s. Corbyn responded by instructing his solicitors to require Bradley to delete his tweet or face legal action on the grounds of libel. Bradley deleted the tweet following this legal complaint from Corbyn.
He subsequently issued a full apology, agreed to make a substantial donation to a charity of Corbyn’s choice and agreed to pay Corbyn’s legal costs. A spokesman for Corbyn stated that the donation would be split between a homeless charity and a food bank, in Bradley’s constituency of Mansfield. Two Conservative Party donors paid the £15,000 donation to the charities on behalf of Bradley. The apologetic post that Bradley made on Twitter became the most-shared tweet ever made by a Conservative MP.
Buzzfeed reported on emails sent by Bradley in 2016, wherein Bradley berated a local journalist and threatened to cut off media access to the local branch of the Conservative party. This was in response to the journalist approaching Bradley for a comment on a series of Islamophobic posts made on a Conservative councillor’s Facebook page. Bradley’s response accused the journalist of ‘childish backstabbing’, as well as ‘colluding’ with the Labour Party, and described the Islamophobia story as ‘crap’.
On 23 October 2020, Bradley said that free school meal vouchers for deprived children in his constituency effectively handed cash directly to crack dens and brothels. These comments were criticized by some schools, food banks and anti-child poverty charities in Bradley’s constituency. Deputy Labour Party leader Angela Rayner accused Bradley of the “stigmatization of working-class families”, calling his comments “disgraceful” and “disgusting”. Writing to the co-chair of the Conservative party, Shadow Children’s Minister, Tulip Siddiq said: ‘I am sure that you will want to make clear that this kind of crass stigmatization of children from poorer families is deeply damaging, and distance yourself from Mr. Bradley’s misleading and troubling comments”. She called for Bradley to apologize.
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Ben Bradley has since deleted the tweets, stating that “the context wasn’t as clear as I’d thought it was.” Following an interim report on the connections between colonialism and properties now in the care of the National Trust, including links with historic slavery, Bradley was among the signatories of a letter to The Telegraph from the “Common Sense Group” of Conservative Parliamentarians. The letter accused the National Trust of being “coloured by cultural Marxist dogma, colloquially known as the ‘woke agenda'”.
Ben Bradley is married to his wife Shanade Bradley, they had their wedding in 2015. His wife is a private person and they have two children together. The couple lives in Coddington – a village near Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire – and also in London. Bradley played hockey at the university level and has hockey coaching qualifications. He supports Nottingham Forest football club. As of early 2023, Ben Bradley and his wife Shanade Bradley are still married and living a happy life with their two sons.
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