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Member of Parliament for Bradford East

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David Ward MP

Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Bradford East

David Ward MP

David Ward was declared the new Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East on 7th May 2010, taking the seat from Labour.

Bradford East 2010 General Election Result in full

Early life

Born in Lincoln, he attended Boston Grammar School in Boston, Lincolnshire and then qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in 1976. He attended the University of Bradford Management Centre to complete a MBA and a MPhil by research.

He then started working at Leeds Polytechnic (later to become Leeds Metropolitan University) from 1985 for the following 18 years as a Principal Lecturer in finance and strategic management and as a Business Development Manager in charge of External Income Generation. Whilst at the University he travelled to Jamaica and Pakistan to develop links between the University and local colleges. In 1996 he obtained a MSc from the University of Leicester.

In July 2004 he was seconded from Leeds Metropolitan University to work at Bradford City Football Club on a full-time basis to help the club to build its link within the local community and to engage with the predominantly Pakistani-Bangladeshi community that surrounds the club in Manningham. It is now host to a positive lifestyle centre, which has run programmes for more than 11,000 school children in the past seven years. There is also the football club in the community scheme, which works with 130 of Bradford's schools.

In 2006 he worked with others to organise the first ever community day for the Manningham area and his work at the club was acknowledged later that year when Leeds Metropolitan University won the Times Higher Education Supplement Award for "Outstanding contribution to the local community".

The charity that David Ward set up focused mainly on anti-racist interventions and community cohesion events [23] and he continues to support organisations such as the Sports Campaign Against Racism (SCAR). In 2009 he visited South Africa on a British Council 'Peace and Reconciliation' programme.

He was elected as Bradford Metropolitan District Councillor on for the Idle and Thackley ward in 1984 and served for 26 years until elected to Parliament in 2010. His specialist area was education and he was a Governor for 30 years at various Special, Primary and Secondary Schools and was the Portfolio holder for Education for 4 years. Whilst holding this post he also visited Kashmir with a Primary school and Secondary school headteacher to try to forge links with local schools.

Parliamentary career

Ward was the Liberal Democrat candidate at the Bradford North by-election in 1990, and after his defeat he stood again in Bradford North at the general elections in 1992, 2001 and 2005.

In 2005, he came second, 3,500 votes behind the sitting Labour Party MP Terry Rooney. Bradford North was abolished in boundary changes for the general election in May 2010, when he won the new Bradford East seat with a majority of 365 votes over Rooney, becoming Bradford's only Liberal Democrat MP.
Ward was a member of the influential Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee from June 2010 to June 2012 when he became a member of the Education Select Committee.

Campaigns

David Ward MP regularly carries out campaigns for the local people including the 'Save Our Cheque', 'Lower Car Insurance' into which he wrote an interim report which was presented to Parliament and the 'Give Us Our Share' campaign.

David Ward is a hard working local campaigner for the people of Bradford East. He has lived locally in Bradford with his wife Jackie for over thirty years.

A local councillor with over twenty years' experience fighting for local people, David is leading high profile campaigns to tackle fuel poverty in Bradford, make car insurance more affordable and is fighting to get the much needed regeneration work started in Bradford City Centre. He has championed education in Bradford and fought for a fairer deal for Bradford schools. In the past twelve months he has played a key role in the campaign to save the cheque from being scrapped.

Working for Bradford FC and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, David has helped young people in the local community get involved in sport - and was described a couple of years ago as "the man who does the most to promote community cohesion in Bradford."