Ben Bradshaw
Ben Bradshaw has been MP for Exeter since his election in 1997. Before entering Parliament, he worked as a newspaper journalist, starting his career in 1984 on Exeter’s local paper before moving into radio journalism and working at the BBC. Ben was made a Minister in the Foreign Office in 2001 and then held posts as Environment Minister and Health Minister. Between 2009 and 2010, he was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and now speaks for Exeter from the backbenches.

Entries by Ben Bradshaw

Bumbling Boris' Day of Blunders in the South West

(55) Comments | Posted 11 May 2016 | (19:26)

With the EU referendum campaign starting in earnest, the Vote Leave campaign promised us that today would be the day their faltering campaign really kicked off. And what better way to do it than by sending their most recognisable figure, Boris Johnson, on a bus tour of the South West?...

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How We Rebuild and Win

(7) Comments | Posted 12 May 2015 | (00:00)

I seem to be writing pieces like this with monotonous regularity after crushing Labour election defeats nationally contrasting with record good results in Exeter.

Please, colleagues in the Labour movement and outside commentators, don't try to claim we lost because Labour wasn't radical, left wing or distinctive enough.


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Gaza Is on a Knife Edge

(4) Comments | Posted 20 November 2012 | (07:38)

Gaza is on a knife edge. At the time of writing hopes are being raised of an imminent ceasefire. That should certainly be the top priority of the players in the region and outside as the death toll rises to over 90 on the Palestinian side and three on the...

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The Injustice System

(5) Comments | Posted 1 November 2012 | (14:26)

I am one of a number of British parliamentarians who has recently attended Israeli military courts in the occupied Palestinian Territories and have been horrified by the injustice meted out and the discrimination against Palestinian detainees.

In June a delegation of distinguished UK lawyers, led by the former Attorney General,...

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I Believe Entwistle Is Right

(3) Comments | Posted 23 October 2012 | (15:38)

My instant verdict on George Entwistle - the BBC Director General - after his appearance before our committee today is of a good, decent man, new to the job, grappling with the BBC's horrendous bureaucracy who has been badly let down by others, and may still be being so.

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Relegation Ourselves to the Margians of Europe Would be a Gross Betrayal of Our National Interest

(4) Comments | Posted 12 July 2012 | (14:01)

British anti-European hackles have been raised by the President of the EU Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, expressing surprise that "some people" would appear to want a diminished role for UK in Europe like that of Norway or Switzerland.

Usually when the euro-phobes lash out like this, it's because a nerve...

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Why we Need New Worldwide Gay Rights Group Kaleidoscope

(3) Comments | Posted 15 September 2011 | (00:00)

With the huge and welcome advances that we have made in Britain and many countries in recent years it is easy to forget that most of the world remains a very hostile place if you happen to be gay or lesbian. State sanctioned homophobia remains widespread, in more than a...

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