Karen Bradley was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 8 January 2018 to 24 July 2019. She was Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from July 2016 to January 2018. 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.
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.
Karen is married with 2 sons.