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Ben Bradshaw

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The Right Honourable
Ben Bradshaw

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture,
Media and Sport

In office
11 May 2010 – 7 October 2010


Harriet Harman
Ed Miliband

Preceded by

Jeremy Hunt

Succeeded by

Ivan Lewis

Secretary of State for Culture,
Media and Sport

In office
5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010

Prime Minister

Gordon Brown

Preceded by

Andy Burnham

Succeeded by

Jeremy Hunt (at COMS)

Minister of State for Health

In office
28 June 2007 – 5 June 2009

Prime Minister

Gordon Brown

Preceded by

Dawn Primarolo

Succeeded by

Mike O'Brien

Member of Parliament
for Exeter


Assumed office
1 May 1997

Preceded by

John Hannam


2,721 (5.2%)

Personal details


30 August 1960 (age 52)
Westminster, London, England

Political party


Alma mater

University of Sussex
University of Freiburg



Benjamin Peter James Bradshaw (born 30 August 1960) is a British Labour politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Exeter since 1997, and served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. He previously worked as a BBC Radio reporter.

[hide] 1 Early life and career in journalism
2 Parliamentary career 2.1 Health minister
2.2 Culture Secretary

3 Personal life
4 References
5 External links

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Early life and career in journalism[edit]

Bradshaw is the son of an Anglican vicar at Norwich Cathedral. Bradshaw was educated at Thorpe Grammar School (now the Thorpe St Andrew School) near Norwich, followed by the University of Sussex where he read German. He also attended the University of Freiburg in the town of Freiburg im Breisgau in Baden-W├╝rttemberg in Germany.

In 1982/83 Bradshaw taught English at the Technikum, a school of technology in Winterthur (Switzerland). He became a reporter with the Exeter Express and Echo in 1984 and was appointed as a reporter with the Eastern Daily Press in Norwich in 1985. In 1986 he joined the BBC as reporter with BBC Radio Devon. In 1989 he became the award winning Berlin correspondent with BBC Radio and was serving in the city at the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He became a reporter in 1991 with BBC Radio's The World At One programme, where he stayed until his election to Westminster. He won the Sony News Reporter Award in 1993.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Bradshaw was selected to contest the marginal parliamentary seat of Exeter at the 1997 general election after the first choice candidate, John Lloyd, was deselected by the local Labour party on instructions from Labour HQ. Lloyd had given evidence against John Harris, who was convicted of planting a bomb at a Johannesburg station, killing one and injuring others. Harris was executed on 1 April 1965. Mr Lloyd, a South African citizen at the time, was, like Harris, a member of the African Resistance Movement.

The sitting Conservative MP, John Hannam had retired and the Conservatives chose Adrian Rogers to be their candidate. This created a very interesting election campaign, Bradshaw an openly gay man (homosexual), and Rogers a leading member of the religious right. The campaign was vitriolic and bitter with allegations of homophobia and sin. The result, however was not close, and Bradshaw was elected as the Labour MP for Exeter with a majority of 11,705. He made his maiden speech on 4 July 1997. He was the second openly gay man elected to the UK Parliament.

In Parliament Bradshaw introduced the Pesticides Act in 1998,[1] which gave more powers to inspectors. He became a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Department of Health John Denham in 2000. After the 2001 general election Bradshaw entered Tony Blair's government as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Only days after being appointed to the Foreign Office he had to answer questions following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. On 6 March 2002, while answering Parliamentary Questions, Bradshaw accused George Galloway of "being not just an apologist but a mouthpiece for the Iraqi regime over many years". Galloway responded by accusing Bradshaw of being a liar, though after a suspension of the Commons sitting, both men withdrew their comments.[2]

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Bradshaw became the Deputy to the Leader of the House of Commons Robin Cook in 2002, and was an Under Secretary of State at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2003 until 2006, when he was made a Minister of State at the same department. During this period, he was sent to Brussels to negotiate changes to the Common Fisheries Policy on behalf of the British in-shore fishing fleet. When questioned, on Newsnight Scotland, by Gordon Brewer, as to the progress of these negotiations, he was unwilling/unable to answer questions relating to his brief, such as the size of the Scottish inshore fishing fleet, or the catch quotas relating to particular species. On 28 June 2007 he was moved to become a Minister of State in the Department of Health and was also given the responsibility of being Minister for the South West.

In 2009, Ben Bradshaw won the Stonewall Politician of the Year Award in 2009 for his work to support equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.[3][4] He was given a score of 100% in favour of lesbian, gay and bisexual equality by Stonewall.[5] On 5th February 2013 he voted in favour in the House of Commons Second Reading vote on marriage equality in Britain.[6]

Health minister[edit]

Bradshaw has been the subject of a good deal of controversy as a Minister for Health. His responses to questioning on Radio 4 about the shortfall in NHS dentistry leading to patients unable to access NHS dentists and even resorting to treating themselves was to claim that those needing urgent treatment should go to see their GP,[7] prompting the British Medical Association to observe that a General Practitioner was no substitute for a qualified dentist.[8]

He also claimed that GPs were operating "gentlemen's agreements" to ensure patients didn't move between surgeries, claims dismissed as "absolute nonsense" by doctors' leaders.[9]

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On the subject of the National Programme for IT, a scheme dogged by cost overruns, failing public confidence, delays, and doubts over its benefit to patients,[10][11] he commented: "Our use of computer technology in the NHS is becoming the envy of the world. It is saving lives, saving time and saving money. If you talk to health and IT experts anywhere in the world they point to Britain as example of computer technology being used successfully to improve health services to the public."[12]

He has also been criticised for defending[13] car parking fees at NHS hospitals at a time when Wales was removing parking fees.[14] The BMA called such charges "a tax on the sick",[14] and questioned the legitimacy of trusts making up to £248,000 a month in parking fees.[15] Bradshaw's claims that such charges were necessary to pay for patient care were dismissed by a shadow health spokesman, who commented that it did "not add up" for the government to make such claims in the light of an NHS surplus of £1.8bn.[16]

His plan to introduce private management of some NHS trusts was also heavily criticised. The BMA called it a step towards privatising the NHS, Dr. Jonathan Fielden observed that there was no evidence private management was better than public sector management, commenting "How many of us have seen our Trusts bring in the management consultants, paying through the nose, only to get a half baked solution and one that the real talent in the NHS could have delivered for less?", Professor Allyson Pollock, head of the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh, said: "Bringing private management in will simply accelerate the process of privatisation of services which will have catastrophic effects for the patients and the public at large. It will mean less care for everyone, and more money for profits and shareholders.", while Nigel Edwards of the NHS Confederation, said the government had tried drafting in private sector management unsuccessfully before - at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield in 2003: "What it revealed is that the reason that hospitals tend to fail is often much more complicated and much more difficult than just poor management."[17]

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It was claimed in May 2009 that he exploited the MPs' expenses system by claiming the entire interest bill on a property he shares with his partner in west London.[18] Bradshaw has said claims made about his expenses were factually wrong.[19]

Culture Secretary[edit]

On 5 June 2009 he was appointed Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport.[20] He held this position until the United Kingdom general election, 2010 and served as Shadow Culture Secretary until the Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election, 2010.

On 7 October 2010 the Labour Party announced that he had failed to be elected to one of the 19 available places in the Shadow Cabinet of newly elected leader Ed Miliband.[21]

Personal life[edit]

When first elected in 1997, Ben Bradshaw was one of the first MPs to be openly gay at the time of election, along with Stephen Twigg. On 24 June 2006, he and his partner Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC producer,[22] registered a civil partnership. He was one of the first MPs to do so, and he was the first Cabinet Minister to be in a civil partnership.[23] His brother is Jonathan Bradshaw, CBE, Professor of Social Policy at the University of York.

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1.^ "Pesticides Act 1998 (c. 26)". Retrieved 2008-07-03.
2.^ Ben Russell "PARLIAMENT & POLITICS; FOREIGN POLICY - Angry scenes as minister...", The Independent, 7 March 2002, as reproduced on the "Find Articles" website. Retrieved on 21 March 2008.
3.^ {} Stonewall 2008
4.^ Geen, Jessica. "Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir wins Stonewall Bigot of the Year award". Archived from the original on 4 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
5.^ {> Stonewall 2010
6.^ {} The House of Commons.2013.Marriage (Same Sex Couples)Bill 2012-2013.
7.^ "Patients turn to DIY dentistry as the crisis in NHS care deepens". London: The Daily Mail. 2007-10-15. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
8.^ "GPs Cannot Fill The Gaps In The NHS Dental Service, Says BMA, UK". 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
9.^ Triggle, Nick (2008-07-03). "Minister says GPs blocking choice". BBC NEWS. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
10.^ Hope, Christopher (2007-04-17). "Patients 'won't benefit from £12bn IT project' - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph (London). Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
11.^ "DoH: The NPfIT in the NHS - twentieth report of session 2006-2007". Retrieved 2008-05-31.
12.^ "UK is shining example of IT use". Retrieved 2008-07-03.[dead link]
13.^ "NHS car parking 'sour grapes' row". BBC News. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
14.^ a b "NHS parking in Wales to be free". BBC NEWS. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
15.^ "Nottingham Evening Post: Hospital car parks are 'taxing the ill'". The TaxPayers' Alliance. 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
16.^ Hawkes, Nigel; Rose, David (2008-03-04). "£1.8bn surplus forecast for NHS after cutbacks in patient care". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
17.^ "Firms 'to run failing NHS trusts'". BBC News. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
18.^ Winnett, Robert (2009-05-09). "MPs' expenses: Four ministers who milked the system". London: Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 11 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
19.^ "Fresh MP expense claims published". BBC News. 2009-05-09. Archived from the original on 10 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
20.^ Holmwood, Leigh (2009-06-05). "Ben Bradshaw to replace Andy Burnham as culture secretary". The Guardian (London).
21.^ "Ben Bradshaw fails to make Shadow Cabinet | Devon & Cornwall Online". 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
22.^ "Minister announces gay 'wedding'". BBC News. 2006-03-08. Retrieved 2008-07-03.
23.^ Miller, Emily (2006-05-10). "MP IS FIRST TO MARRY GAY LOVER". Mirror. Retrieved 2009-05-10.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Ben Bradshaw

Ben Bradshaw MP official constituency website
Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
Voting record at
Record in Parliament at
Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
Articles authored at Journalisted
Pesticides Act 1998

Anonymous said...

Hi Zoompad


Norwich and Norfolk are areas where abuse is only just now coming out, evil place, I myself had some problems with people up there.

There's a web design called metal frog near Norwich, worth looking at, as is the director, very connected character.

I can also place the director of metal frog as being connected to a known paedophile ring in Colchester and also to a character with a name on twitter of suffolkmason, look it up.

Thorpe grammar school has also had it's fair share of pedophiles and connections to paedophiles.

Can't believe Ben the mp went there.

A friend

The pedophile gangs have been exposed

Anonymous said...

All MP's know what is happening within the UK regarding state child trafficking and abuse. All should have to declare whether or not they are freemasons.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting comments about metal frog (Metalfrog) in here. They are a web design, seo, marketing, and hosting company based in Horsham St Faith, Norwich, Norfolk. According to articles on the Daily Mail and BBC, one of their managers, Paul Reeve, is on the sex offenders register for accessing indecent images of children.

Anonymous said...

it should also be noted that metal frog (metalfrog) have been involved in a number of school web design projects according to their own site

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Thanks for the info,d.d2s

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Is this the same Paul Reeve?,d.d2s

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I have found this:

Outrage over sex offender teacher prompts review

Last updated at 12:19 09 January 2006

The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) is to review its policy after it emerged that Education Secretary Ruth Kelly cleared a man on the sex offenders' register to work in schools.

A DfES spokesman said: "We are already reforming

and tightening the system by developing a new vetting and barring scheme with the Home Office and police.

"If further action is needed to improve the system, we will not hesitate in taking it."

The teacher at the centre of the row was today named as Paul Reeve.

Mr Reeve, who is believed to be in his early 30s, was given a job at the Hewett School in Norwich despite being on the sex offenders' register.

Mr Reeve was arrested in 2003 by Norfolk Police as part of Operation Ore, the largest inquiry into child pornography undertaken in the UK.

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He received a police caution for accessing banned images of children on the internet.

Police alert

Mr Reeve was only stopped from working as a PE teacher when police, who had warned he was a risk, alerted the head.

Ms Kelly considered evidence that he had accessed paedophile websites inconclusive and so did not place him on "List 99" of those barred from working in schools.

Today it emerged that Mr Reeve had worked at the school for around eight days before the matter came to light.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: "He had worked at the school for about eight days - it was not much more than a week.

"He was suspended first when the police raised concerns and he then subsequently resigned."

The spokesman said it is possible that Mr Reeve will take the school and the council to an employment tribunal.

"He has employed lawyers, but whether that is just because of what is happening to him I don't know," said the spokesman.

"He certainly has legal advice because we are checking our statements with his legal representatives, so it is possible he is considering going to an employment tribunal."

Ms Kelly is understood to believe that her decision to clear Mr Reeve to work in schools was correct but has ordered a policy review amid concern from child protection experts.

'Serious lapse of judgment'

Shadow education secretary David Willetts called her decision "extraordinary".

"It is a serious lapse of judgment and raises wider questions about the role of the Secretary of State in individual cases like this," Mr Willetts said.

"The Government also needs urgently to look at how someone can be on the sex offenders' register and yet not be on its own List 99, barring people from working with children.

"This needs to be tackled to restore people's confidence in the integrity of teaching appointments."

The 2002 case of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, who were murdered by school caretaker Ian Huntley, highlighted concerns about those working with children.

Huntley had slipped through police checks which were supposed to stop those who might pose a danger to youngsters.

The case prompted the Bichard Inquiry, which called for more stringent vetting of those working with children.

Concern from school

In this instance, Mr Reeve was placed on the sex offenders' register without being convicted.

Ms Kelly still decided not to blacklist him last May and he was given a job at the Hewett School

last month.

The DfES wrote to Norfolk County Council saying that Ms Kelly had "considered all aspects of the case, including sex offender registration, and decided that the risks of the teacher being allowed to continue teaching were acceptable".

Simon Morgan, spokesman for the Norfolk force, said: "Swift action was taken as soon as this matter came to our attention."

Natalie Cronin, of the NSPCC, said the children's charity had been "concerned for some time" that the decision to blacklist someone rests with the Education Secretary and not experts.

The school's head, Tom Samain, and governors' chairman, Marion Wright, voiced concern in a joint statement.

"The person concerned is no longer employed, and there will be a full examination of the process in this case," they said.

"This is the first time we have had such a case and received such a notification from the DfES. We are concerned at the policy contradictions it throws up, and have raised our concerns with the DfES."

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The spokesman said it is possible that Mr Reeve will take the school and the council to an employment tribunal.

"He has employed lawyers, but whether that is just because of what is happening to him I don't know," said the spokesman.

"He certainly has legal advice because we are checking our statements with his legal representatives, so it is possible he is considering going to an employment tribunal."