|Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government|
11 May 2015 – 12 September 2015
|Leader||Harriet Harman (Acting)|
|Preceded by||Hilary Benn|
|Succeeded by||Jon Trickett|
|Shadow Minister for Housing|
7 October 2013 – 11 May 2015
|Preceded by||Jack Dromey|
|Succeeded by||Roberta Blackman-Woods|
|Shadow Minister for Europe|
7 October 2011 – 7 October 2013
|Preceded by||Wayne David|
|Succeeded by||Gareth Thomas|
|Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton North East
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Ken Purchase|
2 November 1977 |
|Alma mater||Wadham College, Oxford|
Reynolds was the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from May to September 2015.
Early life and career
Reynolds was educated at Codsall High School, near Wolverhampton, followed by Wulfrun Further Education College. She studied at Wadham College at the University of Oxford, where she read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Her father Kevin is a teacher at Concord College, a boarding independent school set in the grounds of Acton Burnell Castle, near Shrewsbury.
From 2001 to 2004, Reynolds worked in Brussels as a political adviser to Robin Cook then President of the Party of European Socialists. She later worked in Downing Street and the House of Commons as a special advisor to then Minister for Europe and Labour Chief Whip Geoff Hoon.
In January 2009, Reynolds joined commercial public affairs consultancy Cogitamus, which gives advice to companies.
Reynolds was selected as the Labour candidate for the 2010 general election for Wolverhampton North East in September 2008. Despite a 9% swing to the Conservatives and a reduction in majority of more than 6,000 she held the seat for Labour.
Reynolds has spoken on many issues in the House of Commons since being elected including questions on Building Schools for the Future, free school meals, human trafficking, cuts to police numbers and Mental Health Services. In the summer of 2010 Reynolds was also elected to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons.
In October 2010, Reynolds was promoted by Labour's new leader, Ed Miliband, to the opposition frontbench, as a shadow junior Foreign Office Minister under the then Shadow Foreign Secretary, Yvette Cooper. After the resignation of the Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson and resulting mini-reshuffle of posts, Reynolds continued working in her post under the new Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander. In October 2011, Emma Reynolds was promoted by Labour leader, Ed Miliband, to the position of Shadow Europe Minister. In October 2013, Reynolds was promoted by Ed Miliband to the position of Shadow Housing Minister, replacing Jack Dromey.
Reynolds is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary China Group and secretary for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs, as well as Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking.
Views on the European Union
In an 1 October 2012 interview with the Total Politics website, Reynolds called for the eurozone countries to integrate more closely. She also said she had differing opinions with Jon Cruddas, Labour's policy review chief, on whether having a referendum on the EU was a priority.
She gave birth to a son in April 2017.
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- Official website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton North East
|Shadow Minister for Europe
|Shadow Minister for Housing
|Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government