Jamie Reed

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Jamie Reed
Member of Parliament
for Copeland
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Jack Cunningham
Majority 3,833 (9%)
Personal details
Born (1973-08-04) 4 August 1973 (age 42)
Whitehaven, England
Political party Labour
Alma mater Manchester Metropolitan

Jamieson Ronald 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 (now Lord Cunningham of Felling).

Reed is currently a Shadow Health Minister.

Early life[edit]

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.

Parliamentary career[edit]

In his maiden speech, Reed 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.

Jamie Reed has also referred to himself as a "good Methodist" in parliamentary debate:[1]

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 is well 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.[2][3][4]

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.

Reed famously helped out his party leader, Ed Miliband, who declared he felt "respect" on seeing a white van, following Emily Thornberry's "White Van Gate" tweet prior to the Rochester and Strood by-election, 2014 result,[5] stating during PMQs: "When I see a white van, I wonder whether it's my father or my brother who is driving".[6]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Energy Security and Nuclear Non-Proliferation: 1 Jul 2009: Westminster Hall debates". TheyWorkForYou. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  3. ^ "Energy Bill: 22 Jan 2008: House of Commons debates". TheyWorkForYou. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  4. ^ "[Frank Cook in the Chair] — Nuclear Industry: 19 Apr 2007: Westminster Hall debates". TheyWorkForYou. 2006-07-10. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ www.bbc.co.uk
  6. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 26 Nov 2014 (pt 0001)". parliament.uk. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jack Cunningham
Member of Parliament
for Copeland