Ben Bradshaw

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The Right Honourable
Ben Bradshaw
MP
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Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
In office
11 May 2010 – 8 October 2010
Leader Harriet Harman (Acting)
Edward 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
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
Minister for the South West
In office
28 June 2007 – 5 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Jim Knight
Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
In office
29 May 2002 – 13 June 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Stephen Twigg
Succeeded by Phil Woolas
Member of Parliament
for Exeter
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by John Hannam
Majority 16,117 (29.1%)
Personal details
Born (1960-08-30) 30 August 1960 (age 59)
Website Official website
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Benjamin Peter James Bradshaw (born 30 August 1960) has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Exeter since 1997 and was the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport from 2009 to 2010.

Parliamentary career

Election and first term as an MP

Bradshaw was selected to contest the marginal parliamentary seat of Exeter at the 1997 general election after the first choice candidate was deselected by the local Labour party on instructions from Labour party headquarters.

Bradshaw was elected as the Labour MP for Exeter with a majority of 11,705.

In the Commons, Bradshaw introduced the Pesticides Act in 1998, 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.

Initial ministerial posts

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.

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 (DEFRA) from 2003 until 2006, when he was made a Minister of State at the same department.

On 28 June 2007, he was moved to become a Minister of State in the Department of Health and, in addition, was given the Minister for the South West portfolio.

On 5 June 2009 he was appointed Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport. He held this position until the 2010 General election and served as Shadow Culture Secretary after the 2010 election.