|Member of Parliament
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Jack Cunningham|
4 August 1973 |
Whitehaven, Cumbria, England
|Residence||Whitehaven, Cumbria, England|
|Alma mater||Manchester Metropolitan University|
Jamieson Ronald "Jamie" Reed (born 4 August 1973) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Copeland in Cumbria since 2005, replacing Copeland's long-serving former MP Jack Cunningham. He is currently a Shadow Health Minister.
Reed was born in Whitehaven. He attended Whitehaven School and Manchester Metropolitan University. Before election as an MP he worked as a Press Officer at Sellafield, a former nuclear power station and nuclear waste reprocessing installation, in his constituency, and had served on Copeland Borough Council.
In his maiden speech, he declared himself to be a Jedi in the debate over "Racial and Religious Hatred Bill" under consideration in Parliament. His comment was intended to be taken ironically and raise the issue of how the Bill would define what was and wasn't a religion.
As a good Methodist, I shall refuse the opportunity to bet. My hon. Friend mentioned the economic estimates done by a German economist on the amount of money spent on nuclear technology and nuclear research and development. Are we talking principally about the civil nuclear sector? Is the military nuclear sector also included? He also mentioned the IAEA. It does not exist to promote the nuclear industry; it exists to give it some kind of international regulatory framework.
Reed may be best known for his support of the nuclear industry. Sellafield is in Copeland and the nuclear industry is the main employer in the area. He has frequently referred to the "17,000 individual interests" that he has in the future of the nuclear industry.
Having previously served on the frontbench as a Shadow Environment Minister, since October 2011, he has served as one of Labour's Shadow Health Ministers, under Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham. Reed shadows the portfolio of Parliamentary Under Secretary for Health, Earl Howe.
- Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (2008-01-22). "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 22 Jan 2008 (pt 0016)". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
- "Energy Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation: 1 Jul 2009: Westminster Hall debates". TheyWorkForYou. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
- "Energy Bill: 22 Jan 2008: House of Commons debates". TheyWorkForYou. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
- "[Frank Cook in the Chair] — Nuclear Industry: 19 Apr 2007: Westminster Hall debates". TheyWorkForYou. 2006-07-10. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
- Official website
- The Guardian - Jamie Reed: Electoral history and profile
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Jamie Reed MP
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Copeland