Jonathan Reynolds

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Jonathan Reynolds
Jonathan Reynolds MP.jpg
Reynolds in 2011
Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury City Minister
Assumed office
8 October 2016
Preceded by Richard Burgon
Member of Parliament
for Stalybridge and Hyde
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by James Purnell
Majority 6,686 (16.3%)
Personal details
Born (1980-08-28) 28 August 1980 (age 36)
Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s) Claire Johnston
Children 4
Residence Stalybridge
Alma mater University of Manchester
BPP Law School
Profession Solicitor

Jonathan Neil Reynolds[1] (born 28 August 1980)[2][not in citation given] is a British Labour Co-operative politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stalybridge and Hyde since 2010.[3][4]

Reynolds served on Labour's National Executive Committee from 2003–05[5] and until 2011 remained a councillor for Longdendale ward on Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council,[3] having been elected in 2007.[6]

Reynolds worked for four years as a political assistant for the previous Stalybridge and Hyde MP James Purnell[7] and was selected to replace Purnell after a controversial selection process.[7] Aged 29, when first elected, Reynolds was one of the youngest MPs elected at the 2010 election.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear to Keith and Judith Reynolds, Jonathan Reynolds moved to Manchester in 1998. Reynolds studied Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester and BPP Law School (Manchester). After leaving university Reynolds worked for the council and (former MP) James Purnell, before beginning training as a solicitor.

Between 2003 and 2005, Reynolds was the Youth Representative on the Labour Party's National Executive. In 2007, Reynolds was elected to Tameside Council for the ward of Longdendale, Reynolds and his family live in Mottram-in-Longdendale. In the General Election of May 2010, Reynolds was elected as MP for Stalybridge and Hyde. In 2011 Reynolds stood down as councillor, the candidacy was taken up by Gill Peet[6] who was elected in his place, during this year Reynolds did not claim Councillor Allowances.[8]

Reynolds is also a member of the Cooperative Party and Unite the Union.[9]

In Parliament[edit]

In Parliament, Reynolds is the Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group,[10] and Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism. He is also Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, and became a Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change in 2013.[11]

After Jeremy Corbyn was elected to the leadership of the Labour party in September 2015, Reynolds was made a Shadow Minister for Transport with responsibility for rail.[12][13] He resigned the position following Jeremy Corbyn's January 2016 reshuffle, saying he felt he could "best serve the party as a backbencher" and expressing his support for the sacked Pat McFadden.[12] Following the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, he was re-appointed to the shadow front bench as Shadow City Minister.[14]


Reynolds has been a campaigner for the redevelopment of local town centres, particularly Stalybridge, the Mottram-Tintwistle Bypass, for more primary school places in Hyde and for improved rail links in his constituency. He is a supporter of the ongoing Northern Hub rail improvements. His constituency campaigns have included opposition to policing cuts in Tameside.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Reynolds and his wife Claire have four children. Outside politics, his interests include football, films and gardening. He was the winner of the first-time entrant category[15] in the horticulture section at the Mottram Show in 2011.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59418. p. 8737. 13 May 2010.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 9 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Stalybridge and Hyde result, Manchester Evening News, 7 May 2010, accessed 16 May 2010
  4. ^ "Addleshaws trainee quits firm after becoming Labour MP". Centaur Media plc. The Lawyer. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2010. Jonathan Reynolds was returned for the solidly Labour Stalybridge and Hyde constituency on the edge of Manchester with a majority of 2,700. 
  5. ^ Profile, Democracy Live, BBC, accessed 16 May 2010
  6. ^ a b "Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council – Councillors for the Ward of Longdendale". Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Powerbrokers fight for heart and soul of Labour Party as union row escalates", The Times, 17 March 2010; accessed 16 May 2010.
  8. ^ "TMBC Member Allowances 2011". Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Labour List". Politics. Labour List. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Register of All Party Groups – Parliamentary Associate Manufacturing Group". Politics. House of Commons. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "". Politics. House of Commons. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Shadow Rail Minister Quits After Reshuffle". Sky News. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  13. ^ Reynolds, Jonathan (17 September 2015). "Labour's Moderates Need to Understand Jeremy Corbyn". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Stalybridge MPea Jonathan Reynolds Grows His Own". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Purnell
Member of Parliament for Stalybridge and Hyde
Party political offices
Preceded by
Blair McDougall
Young Labour representative on the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party
2003 – 2007
Succeeded by
Stephanie Peacock