Ben Bradshaw born 30 August 1960
Benjamin Peter James Bradshaw is a British politician and is the Labour Member of Parliament for Exeter
Under Tony Blair he was the Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare with the rank of Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In June 2007 he was moved to the Department of Health, and was also Minister for the South West. He ended his Cabinet run as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
When first elected in 1997, Ben Bradshaw was one of the first gay MPs to be out at the time he was initially elected, along with Stephen Twigg.
In 2009 he won 'Politician of the Year' at the annual Stonewall Awards.
He lives with his partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC producer. On 24 June 2006, Bradshaw and his partner undertook a civil partnership ceremony, the first MP to do so.
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