Keith Bradley, Baron Bradley

Keith John Charles Bradley, Baron Bradley, PC (born 17 May 1950, in Birmingham) is a British Labour Party politician and life peer. He was formerly the Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for Manchester Withington from 1987 until 2005.

The Lord Bradley

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Treasurer of the Household
In office
27 July 1998 – 8 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byGeorge Mudie
Succeeded byKeith Hill
Member of Parliament
for Manchester Withington
In office
11 June 1987 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byFred Silvester
Succeeded byJohn Leech
Personal details
Born (1950-05-17) 17 May 1950 (age 70)
Political partyLabour
Alma materAston University, University of York, Manchester Metropolitan University

Early lifeEdit

He went to Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield. He studied at Aston University, gaining a DipAcct in 1970. From Manchester Polytechnic, he gained a BA in Social Science in 1976. From the University of York, he gained an MPhil in 1978.

He worked for the chartered accountants Charles Impey & Co from 1969–73. He was a research officer for Manchester City Council Housing Department from 1978–81. From 1981–7, he was Secretary of Stockport Community Health Council.

Parliamentary careerEdit

He was first elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency at the 1987 general election, having served as a councillor in Old Moat Ward (Manchester) since 1983. After the 1997 general election he became a junior minister at the Department of Social Security, and then became Deputy Chief Whip and Treasurer of the Queen's Household in 1998. He was a junior minister in the Home Office for Criminal Justice, Sentencing, and Law Reform from 2001–2, and then a backbench MP and member of the Health Select Committee. He is a member of the Privy Council. Bradley lost his seat in Parliament when he was defeated by a swing of over 17% to the Liberal Democrat candidate, John Leech, in the 2005 general election.

In April 2006 it was announced that Keith Bradley would become a working life peer in the House of Lords, and he became Baron Bradley, of Withington in the County of Greater Manchester on 12 June 2006.[1] Lord Bradley is also a Special Adviser to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

In October 2006 it was announced that Keith Bradley had been appointed to the board of The Christie Hospital as a non executive director. He was appointed Chair of the Trust in May 2011.[2] In February 2014 he announced that he would resign from the board as a consequences of disagreements about the way in which the suspension of the Chief Executive was being handled.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Lord Bradley and his wife, Rhona Bradley, have two sons (Matthew and Jonathan) and a daughter (Rebecca). He married Rhona Ann Graham in 1987; she is a senior social worker and Chief Executive of Addiction Dependency Solutions.[4] He was criticized for sending Jonathan to Manchester Grammar School.[5] His sister, Sally Bradley and her partner William (Billy) Harrop, were killed on Sunday 21 April during breakfast at one of the Hotels in the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter bombings.[6][7]


  1. ^ "No. 58012". The London Gazette. 15 June 2006. p. 8197.
  2. ^ Keith, Bradley. "Christie appoints new chairman". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Christie hospital chairman Lord Bradley to resign". Manchester Evening News. 28 February 2014. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Our People: Lady Rhona Bradley". ADS. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013.
  5. ^ "'I'm back!' former MP Bradley is made lord". Manchester Evening News. 13 April 2006. Archived from the original on 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  6. ^ "'Kindred spirits' die in Sri Lanka blasts". BBC News. 23 April 2019. Archived from the original on 24 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ Halliday, Josh (23 April 2019). "Tributes to Manchester doctor and former firefighter killed in Sri Lanka". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 23 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Fred Silvester
Member of Parliament for Manchester Withington
Succeeded by
John Leech
Political offices
Preceded by
George Mudie
Treasurer of the Household
(Deputy Chief Whip)

Succeeded by
Keith Hill