Sir Graham Brady

Long-serving MP and Chairman of the 1922 Committee since 2010

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MP for Altrincham and Sale West since 1997
Longest serving Chairman of the 1922 Committee

Graham Brady has served as the Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale West since 1997 and as Chairman of the 1922 Committee since 2010.

Graham was born in Salford in 1967. He was educated at Altrincham Grammar School and Durham University where he studied law. Graham first became active in the Conservative party when, aged 16, he joined a campaign to save the local grammar schools. Prior to entering Parliament in 1997, Graham was Public Affairs Director at the Waterfront Partnership. He had previously worked at the Centre for Policy Studies and Shandwick Plc.

At Graham’s election in 1997, he was the youngest Conservative MP. In Parliament he has been opposition spokesman on employment, served as a whip and as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Michael Ancram when he was Party Chairman. He went onto become Shadow Minister for Schools; PPS to Michael Howard when he became Leader of the Opposition and then Shadow Europe Minister. He continued in that role following David Cameron’s election as leader. Graham stepped down from the front bench on 29th May 2007.

In 2010, Graham was elected Chairman of the 1922 Committee, which represents the interests of backbench Conservative MPs. Graham has since held the longest tenure of any Chairman in the Committee’s history.

Graham was voted Backbencher of the Year by The Spectator magazine. Graham has been a member of the Treasury Select Committee, and was a Governor of Manchester Metropolitan University from 2008 to 2011. In January 2020 he became Vice President of the Enterprise Forum. He is patron of the Counselling and Family Centre in Altrincham and a trustee of the Jubilee Centre in Bowdon. He is a keen supporter of Stockdales, a charity supporting children and adults with learning disabilities in Manchester.

Graham was appointed as a Knight Bachelor, for political and public service, in the 2018 New Year Honours list.

In 2023, Graham was honoured to have been made a Privy Counsellor, in addition to receiving the Freedom of the City of London.

He is married with two grown-up children.

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