Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP


Karen Bradley was appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 14 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Staffordshire Moorlands in May 2010.


Karen was educated at Buxton Girls’ School and Imperial College London, and graduated with a BSc in Mathematics.

Political career

Karen contested Manchester Withington at the 2005 general election, coming third. She was selected for Staffordshire Moorlands in July 2006 and was returned to Parliament at the General Election in 2010. Karen served as a member of the Select Committee on Work and Pensions, the Procedure Committee and the Administration Committee before she was appointed as a government minister.

Karen served in the Government Whips’ Office from September 2012 until February 2014. She then served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Home Office from February 2014 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Karen is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser and worked in public practice from 1991 to 2004, first for Deloitte & Touche and then for KPMG. In 2004, she became a self-employed fiscal and economic consultant. Karen rejoined KPMG in 2007, where she remained until shortly before her election to the House of Commons.

Personal life

Karen is married with 2 sons.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for strategy and policy across the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The department’s main policy areas are:

  • arts and culture
  • broadcasting
  • creative industries
  • cultural property, heritage and the historic environment
  • gambling and racing
  • libraries
  • media ownership and mergers
  • museums and galleries
  • the National Lottery
  • sport
  • telecommunications and online
  • tourism

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime)

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2013 to 2014
  3. Assistant Whip

    • 2012 to 2013


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  1. Secretary Of State Appoints Ofcom Chair

    • Press release
  2. Creative partnerships strengthen trade ties between UK and China

    • Press release
  3. Children's media in a digital world

    • Speech
  4. Eleven bids for £15m Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund

    • News story
  5. Creative industries’ record contribution to UK economy

    • Press release
  6. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley's Cultural Relations Award speech

    • Speech
  7. Culture Secretary reaffirms UK commitment to strong Italian cultural relationship

    • News story
  8. Prime Minister and Chancellor technology roundtable at Downing Street

    • Press release
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    • Press release
  10. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley on India mission to attract more tourists to Britain

    • News story