Ellie Reeves

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Ellie Reeves

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Member of Parliament
for Lewisham West and Penge
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byJim Dowd
Majority21,543 (41.4%)
Personal details
Born (1980-12-11) 11 December 1980 (age 39)[1]
Beckenham, London, England
Political partyLabour
John Cryer (m. 2012)
RelationsRachel Reeves (sister)
Alma materSt Catherine's College, Oxford

Eleanor Claire Reeves[2] (born 11 December 1980) is a British Labour Party politician, and Member of Parliament (MP) for Lewisham West and Penge.[3] She is the sister of an MP, Rachel Reeves, and married to another MP, John Cryer.

Early life[edit]

Ellie Reeves was born in Lewisham, the daughter of teachers,[4] Graham and Sally Reeves,[5][citation needed] and the sister of fellow Labour MP Rachel Reeves.[6]

Reeves grew up in Sydenham and was educated at Adamsrill Primary School and Cator Park Secondary School (now Harris Academy Bromley).[7] She has a bachelor's degree in law from St Catherine's College, Oxford.[8]

Early career[edit]

Reeves is an employment law barrister. She joined Labour at 15[4] and was vice-chair of the London Labour Party and a member of Labour's National Executive Committee. She is a supporter of Progress and Labour First.[3]

Parliamentary career[edit]

She was elected for the Labour-held seat of Lewisham West and Penge at the 2017 general election, almost doubling the majority to 23,000.

She was appointed PPS to the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development in March 2018.[9]

On 13 June 2018, Reeves and five other MPs resigned as frontbenchers for the Labour Party in order to vote in favour of remaining in the single market by joining the European Economic Area (EEA), defying party instructions to abstain.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to John Cryer, chair of the parliamentary Labour Party.[3] She had a son in 2015, and another in late 2019.[4]


  1. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11776.
  3. ^ a b c "Former Labour official Ellie Reeves selected for safe seat in London". LabourList. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Forrester, Kate (8 October 2017). "17 From '17: Ellie Reeves On Her Journey Into Politics At A Young Age". HuffPost. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  5. ^ Hello (13 September 2007). "The legal eagle who left sisters scuppered". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  6. ^ Rampen, Julia (26 April 2017). "How Labour's power-brokers will divide up the party's safe seats". New Statesman. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  7. ^ Little, Mandy (28 April 2017). "Ellie Reeves to fight for Lewisham West and Penge seat for Labour". London News Online. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  8. ^ "The Year 2017 – alumni magazine for St Catherine's College, Oxford" (PDF). Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  9. ^ Aweys, Suleega (3 March 2018). "Ellie Reeves MP for Lewisham West and Penge gets front bench promotion". East London Lines. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  10. ^ Culbertson, Alix (14 June 2018). "Six Labour MPs quit frontbench roles over key Brexit vote". Sky News. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  11. ^ Morris, Nigel (13 June 2018). "Six Labour frontbenchers resign in protest at Labour's Brexit position". i News. Retrieved 14 June 2018.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jim Dowd
Member of Parliament
for Lewisham West and Penge