Bradley grew up in Buxton, at the family business, the Queens Head Hotel. So from an early age appears to be familiar with the tourism and hospitality industry. She qualified as both a Chartered Accountant and Tax Adviser spending nearly 20 years in business working as an accountant for two major accounting firms. Bradley has also been a self-employed tax and economics consultant advising all types of business from multi-national electronics companies to small farms.
Bradley worked in the Conservative Policy Unit before the 2005 General Election helping to develop economic and fiscal policies, particularly those aimed at removing unnecessary regulation and red tape and was selected for her home seat of Staffordshire Moorlands in July 2006 and returned as the Member of Parliament at the General Election on 6th May 2010. On 7th May 2015 Bradley was re-elected as the MP for Staffordshire Moorlands with an increased majority of 10,174 and with 51% of the vote. Her vote increased by 6% compared with a national increase in the Conservative vote of 1%.