Simon Reevell

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The Right Honourable
Simon Reevell
Member of Parliament
for Dewsbury
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Shahid Malik
Majority 1,526 (2.8%)
Personal details
Born (1966-03-02) 2 March 1966 (age 48)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Louise Reevell
Residence Kirkburton, West Yorkshire
Alma mater Manchester Polytechnic, Lincoln's Inn
Profession Barrister

Simon Justin Reevell[1] (born 2 March 1966) is a British barrister and Conservative Party politician. He has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Dewsbury in West Yorkshire since winning the seat at the 2010 election.

Early life and career[edit]

Reevell was born and raised in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After attending Manchester Metropolitan University and obtaining a degree in Economics, he embarked on a career in the army as an infantry officer, but this was cut short by injury. As a result he decided to train as a barrister and represented many members of the armed forces before courts martial. One case, in which Simon established that members of the TA were sent to Iraq without adequate training, led him to do all that he could to change the government – which led to him standing to be an MP for Dewsbury at the 2010 general election.[2]

Currently based in chambers in Leeds, he still practises in general criminal law, specialising in defending service personnel at courts-martial both in the UK and abroad, taking on the occasional case alongside his role as MP for Dewsbury. [3]

MP for Dewsbury[edit]

Reevell was selected to represent the Conservative Party in Dewsbury at the 2010 general election. He won the seat from Labour with a small majority of 1,526 (2.85) resulting in a 7.8% swing to the Conservatives from Shahid Malik.[4] It was the first time the seat of Dewsbury had been won by a Conservative MP since that of John Whitfield in the 1983 general election.

In 2014 it was revealed that Simon was after the speaker of the house of commons John Bercow the most long-winded speaker in parliament, contributing an average 460 words every time he speaks.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Louise, who is also a barrister. He plays tennis and is interested in late Victorian oil paintings, classic cars and military history.[6]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Shahid Malik
Member of Parliament for Dewsbury