Graham Brady was first elected as the MP for Altrincham and Sale West in 1997 and has served as the Chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs since 2010. The 1922 Committee is the principal conduit for communication between Conservative MPs and the Prime Minister and Conservative Ministers. It advises the Prime Minister on the mood of the party whilst ensuring that Ministers have an opportunity to speak to colleagues and to listen to their views. Graham is well known to be independent minded and a champion of selective state schools.
Graham’s successful campaigns on behalf of Altrincham’s Hospital, transport interchange and schools have helped to bring major investment to the area. He was awarded ‘Backbencher of the Year’ by The Spectator in 2010. Graham has previously served as a shadow minister, holding the schools, employment, as well as the Europe brief. Graham also served on the Education and Employment Select Committee from 1997 to 2001 and the Treasury Select Committee from 2007 to 2010. Prior to his election in 1997, Graham was Public Affairs Director of the Waterfront Partnership. He had previously worked at the Centre for Policy Studies and Shandwick Plc. Graham studied law at Durham University. He is married with a daughter and a son.