Reg Race

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Denys Alan Reginald Race (born 23 June 1947) is a British Labour politician.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He unsuccessfully contested the Conservative-held constituency of Ruislip-Northwood at the February 1974 general election and again at the October 1974 general election.[1]

At the 1979 general election, Race was elected as Member of Parliament for the Wood Green constituency in the London Borough of Haringey.[1] The constituency was abolished for the 1983 general election.

In 1982, Race became the first MP ever to utter the word "fuck" on the floor of the House when referring to advertisements for prostitutes reading "Phone them and fuck them". Hansard recorded it as "f*** them", but the Speaker deprecated even that version.[2]

In 1990 Race created a group called Labour Party Socialists with Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Benn.[3]

After Parliament[edit]

For the 2001 general election, Race was selected as the Labour Party candidate for Chesterfield following the retirement of their long-serving MP, Tony Benn.[1] Race finished in second place to the Liberal Democrat candidate Paul Holmes.

Since 2001, Race has been owner and Managing Director of a healthcare management consultancy based in Chesterfield.[2][4][5] He backed Alan Johnson in the 2007 Labour deputy leadership election.[2]

Race has donated nearly £50,000 to the Labour Party. Race was involved in the creation of the 'Saving Labour' campaign website, intended to encourage members of the public to email Labour MPs to urge them not to back Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour leadership election, and to encourage them to register as £25 Labour supporters, enabling them to vote for a different party leader.[3][6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "Reg Race". BBC. 2001. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Robert Watts (17 June 2007). "Ex-Labour radical now makes killing on NHS". The Sunday Telegraph. London. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Ross Hawkins (3 September 2016). "Saving Labour? The secretive battle to oust Jeremy Corbyn". BBC News. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Meet our team". Quality Health Limited. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Companies House - Quality Health Limited". Companies House. Company No. 04188012. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Dan Bloom (7 July 2016). "Meet the Labour donor who's helping an online campaign for Jeremy Corbyn to quit". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Heather Stewart (29 June 2016). "'Saving Labour': Anti-Corbyn MPs investigate party name ownership". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Joyce Butler
Member of Parliament for Wood Green
Constituency abolished