John Cryer

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John Cryer
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Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
Assumed office
9 February 2015
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by David Watts
Member of Parliament
for Leyton and Wanstead
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Harry Cohen
Majority 6,416 (16%)
Member of Parliament
for Hornchurch
In office
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Robin Squire
Succeeded by James Brokenshire
Personal details
Born (1964-04-11) 11 April 1964 (age 50)
Darwen, Lancashire, England
Nationality English
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Ellie Reeves
Alma mater University of Hertfordshire

John Robert Cryer (born 11 April 1964) is an English Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leyton and Wanstead since the general election in May 2010.[1] He was previously MP for Hornchurch from 1997 until his defeat at the 2005 general election. He is the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.


A journalist by profession, Cryer was educated at Oakbank School, Keighley, Hatfield Polytechnic and the London College of Printing.[2]

Political career[edit]

He is on the left-wing of the Labour Party and is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group. He has worked for Tribune and The Morning Star for ASLEF and the Transport and General Workers Union (now Unite). He is a Eurosceptic.

As Member of Parliament for Hornchurch, he had a record as a rebel. He voted against tuition fees and top-up fees for higher education, against cuts in lone parent benefits (the first major rebellion under the Blair government) and against the Iraq War.

He was involved in local campaigns, for example to save a local primary school, to prevent the loss of a popular GP surgery in Rainham and against proposals to cut the number of beds at Oldchurch Hospital.

On 9 February 2015 he was elected, unopposed, to succeed Dave Watts as the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Ann Cryer and Bob Cryer, both former Labour MPs.[4] As a child he appeared as an extra in the 1970 film The Railway Children. His wife is Ellie Reeves, a Labour NEC member and a trade union lawyer, who is the sister of Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.[5]


  1. ^ "Election 2010: Leyton and Wanstead". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1997
  3. ^ "John Cryer Is The New Chair Of The PLP". LabourList. 9 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "MP For The Keighley Constituency Ann Cryer". - Wharfedale's Community on the Web. Wharfedale Online Trust. Retrieved 2009-06-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ Jonny Greatrex "MP Tom Watson finds new love after break up of marriage", Birmingham Mail, 26 August 2012

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robin Squire
Member of Parliament for Hornchurch
Succeeded by
James Brokenshire
Preceded by
Harry Cohen
Member of Parliament for Leyton & Wanstead
Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Watts
Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
Succeeded by