Karen Bradley ‘honoured and humbled’ to join Theresa May’s cabinet

Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley.
Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley.

Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley has been named the new UK culture secretary.

Mrs Bradley, who was brought up in Buxton and whose family still lives in the town, is among a raft of new appointments in Theresa May’s first cabinet.

She succeeds John Whittingdale in the role of Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with wide-ranging responsibilities for areas such as arts and culture, tourism, sport, broadcasting and press regulation.

Mrs Bradley said: “I am honoured and humbled to be asked to join the cabinet.

“I am looking forward to bringing all the experiences from representing Staffordshire Moorlands, including broadband and tourism, to my new role as DCMS Secretary.

“Over the next weeks and months, I look forward to getting to grips with all the duties that come with representing Great Britain globally, especially given all our fantastic creative industries.”

Moorlands-born Mrs Bradley moved to Buxton when her parents took over the Queens Head Hotel. She attended Buxton Girls’ School, before studying maths and graduating from Imperial College in London.

She qualified as a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser, working in public practice for Deloitte & Touche and KPMG and a spell as a self-employed tax and economics consultant.

Mrs Bradley contested the parliamentary seat of Manchester Withington in 2005, coming third, before being elected in her home constituency of Staffordshire Moorlands in 2010 by defeating Labour’s Charlotte Atkins.

She has previously served in the Government Whips’ Office and, more recently, as a Home Office minister.

Mrs Bradley is married with two children, and resides in Leek.