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West Midlands MEP Philip Bradbourn dies

West Midlands MEP Philip Bradbourn dies

🕔22.Dec 2014

The death of West Midlands MEP Philip Bradbourn was announced at the weekend. The 63 year old Conservative had been a member of the European Parliament since 1999.  It is understood that he was diagnosed with bowel cancer soon after being re-elected this May. 

Until his election he was adviser to the Conservative Group Leader on Wolverhampton City Council. He held various local authority posts mainly based around planning. He was also the Chairman of the West Midlands Region Conservatives.

In the 1992 General Election he stood as Conservative Candidate in the Wolverhampton South-East Parliamentary Constituency and in the 1994 European Elections was Conservative Candidate for the County Durham European Constituency. He was Chief Whip for the Conservatives in the European Parliament from April 2004 to January 2007, and was appointed Chief Whip again in November 2009. He was latterly Conservative Spokesman for Regional Policy and Local Government.

He was awarded an OBE for public and political service in 1994.

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted:

Philip Bradbourn’s dedication to public service was truly admirable. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Communities Secretary followed suit:

Very sad to hear of the death of West Mids MEP Philip Bradbourn. He was a chum for over 45 years he will be missed by his many friends.

Whilst Ukip leader Nigel Farage took to the social media network to say:

Deeply saddened to hear about the death of Philip Bradbourn MEP. My sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.

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