Jonathan Reynolds

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Jonathan Reynolds
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Reynolds in 2017
Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury and Shadow 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 8,084 (19.1%)
Personal details
Born (1980-08-28) 28 August 1980 (age 37)
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 and Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury[3] who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stalybridge and Hyde since 2010.[4][5]

Reynolds served on Labour's National Executive Committee from 2003–05[6] and until 2011 remained a councillor for Longdendale ward on Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council,[4] having been elected in 2007.[7]

Reynolds worked for four years as a political assistant for the previous Stalybridge and Hyde MP James Purnell[8] and was selected to replace Purnell after a controversial selection process.[8]

He is a former shadow energy minister, shadow transport minister, and PPS to the Leader of the Opposition.[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.

In 2007, Reynolds was elected to Tameside Council for the ward of Longdendale, Reynolds and his family now live in Stalybridge.[9]

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[7] who was elected in his place, during this year Reynolds did not claim Councillor Allowances.[10]

Reynolds is also a member of the Co-operative Party and Unite the Union.[11]

In Parliament[edit]

Under Ed Miliband, Reynolds was appointed Shadow Justice and Constitutional Affairs Whip.[12] He was later appointed Miliband's Parliamentary Private Secretary[13] and Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change. As Shadow Energy Minister, he focused on fuel poverty, energy efficiency, and solar energy.[14]

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.[15][16] 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.[15] 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.[17]

He previously argued the Labour Party had not developed a credible "alternative economic model".[18] He has argued in favour of an industrial policy and reforms to UK equity markets.[19]

In his time as Shadow City Minister, he has spoken in support of a Brexit deal which is favourable to financial services.[20] City A.M. Editor Christian May described him in November 2016 as "popular in the Square Mile and at home in the brief".[21]

Reynolds is also the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, and former Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces. He is also Chair of Christians on the Left.[22]

Reynolds was appointed a member of the BIS Select Committee in 2016.[23] He questioned Mike Ashley during the Committee's inquiry into working practices at Sports Direct.[24]

Reynolds is an advocate of proportional representation.[25] In December 2015, he introduced a Private Member's Bill which would have changed UK general elections from the First Past the Post system, to the Additional Member System.[26]

He supports the idea of a Universal Basic Income[27] and the nationalisation of the UK rail networks.[28] He has described himself as a member of the "moderate" wing of the Labour Party.[29]


Reynolds has campaigned for the redevelopment of local town centres, particularly Stalybridge;[30] improved transport links, including the Mottram-Tintwistle Bypass, the proposed Transpennine Tunnel,[31] and Northern Hub improvement; for more primary school places in Hyde; and for further devolution to Greater Manchester.

He has opposed cuts to police and fire services in Tameside and Greater Manchester.[32] He has also worked to improve local health services, including publicly calling for the resignation of Tameside Hospital's Chief Executive, Christine Green, in 2013.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Reynolds and his wife Claire have four children.[34] His eldest son is diagnosed with autism. Outside politics, his interests include football, films and gardening. He supports Sunderland AFC.[35]

He is a judge at the British Kebab Awards,[36] and was the winner of the first-time entrant category[37] in the horticulture section at the Mottram Show in 2011.

In 2016, Reynolds' dogs Clinton and Kennedy were named Westminster Dogs of the Year.[38]


  1. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8737. 
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 9 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Jonathan Reynolds - UK Parliament". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  4. ^ a b Stalybridge and Hyde result, Manchester Evening News, 7 May 2010, accessed 16 May 2010
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ Profile, Democracy Live, BBC, accessed 16 May 2010
  7. ^ a b "Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council – Councillors for the Ward of Longdendale". Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Powerbrokers fight for heart and soul of Labour Party as union row escalates", The Times, 17 March 2010; accessed 16 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "TMBC Member Allowances 2011". Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Labour List". Politics. Labour List. Archived from the original on 19 December 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Deerin, Chris (2010-10-11). "Shadow cabinet: junior appointments in full". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  13. ^ "Ed Miliband gets a new PPS". LabourList. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  14. ^ Lucy Woods (12 November 2014). "Labour continues energy reforms with energy efficiency priority". Clean Energy News. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  15. ^ a b "Shadow Rail Minister Quits After Reshuffle". Sky News. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  16. ^ Reynolds, Jonathan (17 September 2015). "Labour's Moderates Need to Understand Jeremy Corbyn". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has named BIS committee member Jonathan Reynolds as his new shadow City minister, filling a role left vacant by the promotion of Richard Burgon to shadow justice minister | City A.M". City A.M. 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  18. ^ Deerin, Chris (2016-01-04). "If we want to build a new economy, we have to recognise not everyone can work for the NHS". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  19. ^ Deerin, Chris (2016-08-23). "Want an economy that works for everyone? Here's how you get it". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  20. ^ "Leaving the EU: Financial Services - Hansard Online". 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  21. ^ "Editor's notes: Still in shock over Brexit? Get a grip | City A.M". City A.M. 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  22. ^ "Chair". Christians on the Left. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  23. ^ "Jonathan Reynolds - UK Parliament". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  24. ^ Ben Wright Group Business Editor (2016-06-07). "PR genius or weak boss? Will the real Mike Ashley please stand up". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  25. ^ Jon Stone (2015-12-16). "There's now strong support for changing the voting system to proportional representation, new polling finds". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 
  27. ^ Deerin, Chris (2016-02-17). "How I learnt to stop worrying and love Basic Income". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  28. ^ Deerin, Chris (2015-10-23). "What's Labour's plan for the railways?". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  29. ^ "Labour's Moderates Need to Understand Jeremy Corbyn | HuffPost UK". 2015-09-17. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  30. ^ "Brighter future for Tameside 'bombsite' as demolition work begins on derelict Casablanca Health Club". Mancunian Matters. 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  31. ^ Chris Green (2015-11-30). "Trans-Pennine Tunnel: 18-mile Peak District road 'could pose psychological difficulties for drivers'". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  32. ^ "Calls for Parliament to Debate Cuts in Greater Manchester". Jonathan Reynolds. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  33. ^ "Blog: Tameside Hospital moving forward". Jonathan Reynolds. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  34. ^ "Westminster Needs Its Men to Talk About Why Being a Dad Is a Big Part of Their Life | HuffPost UK". 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  35. ^ "Jonathan Reynolds MP talks about Autism Awareness". YouTube. 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  36. ^ "Jonathan Reynolds MP". British Kebab Awards. 2015-03-07. Retrieved 2017-06-09. 
  37. ^ "Stalybridge MPea Jonathan Reynolds Grows His Own". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  38. ^ "Westminster Dog of the Year • The Kennel Club". Retrieved 2017-06-09. 

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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

Succeeded by
Stephanie Peacock