Conservative MP to represent 200 backbenchers' views
A STAFFORDSHIRE MP has been elected to a key post representing more than 200 Tory backbenchers.
Karen Bradley is the new joint secretary of the influential 1922 Committee, which keeps Government ministers in touch with the views and concerns of the rest of the Conservative party in Parliament.
As part of her role, she will be involved in shaping party policies and will have meetings with Prime Minister David Cameron. She hopes to brief him and other senior figures on the issues directly affecting people in her Staffordshire Moorlands constituency.
Mrs Bradley who lives in Leek, said: "We've got to be working on priorities that affect people's daily lives, like the cost of fuel, their children's education, making sure they have a hospital bed when they need it, and promoting small businesses.
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"It should be about giving people a positive reason to vote for the party at the next election."
The 42-year-old today played down suggestions that the 1922 Committee has been taken over by Tory modernisers, keen to oust traditional right wingers who have been openly critical of Mr Cameron's leadership.
She said: "There is no doubt that within the party there a lot of different views.
"What you have to do is make sure you have that debate behind closed doors, rather than in public.
"It can still be honest and people can have their say. We all need to be constructively critical of the leadership."