Emma Reynolds

Emma Reynolds
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
11 May 2015  12 September 2015
Leader Harriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded by Hilary Benn
Succeeded by Jon Trickett
Shadow Minister for Housing
In office
7 October 2013  11 May 2015
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Jack Dromey
Succeeded by Roberta Blackman-Woods
Shadow Minister for Europe
In office
7 October 2011  7 October 2013
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Wayne David
Succeeded by Gareth Thomas
Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton North East
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Ken Purchase
Majority 5,495 (16.2%)
Personal details
Born (1977-11-02) 2 November 1977
Wolverhampton, England
Political party Labour
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Website Official website

Emma Elizabeth Reynolds[1] (born 2 November 1977) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wolverhampton North East since 2010 general election.[2]

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.[3] Her father Kevin is a teacher at Concord College, a boarding independent school set in the grounds of Acton Burnell Castle, near Shrewsbury.

Reynolds set up a lobbying business in Brussels to help British companies that wished to influence EU laws.[4]

From 2001 to 2004, Reynolds worked in Brussels as a political adviser to Robin Cook then President of the Party of European Socialists.[5] She later worked in Downing Street and the House of Commons[6] as a special advisor to then Minister for Europe and Labour Chief Whip Geoff Hoon.[3]

In January 2009, Reynolds joined commercial public affairs consultancy Cogitamus, which gives advice to companies.[7]

Political career

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.[3][8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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[12] and secretary for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs,[13] as well as Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking.

Emma Reynolds at Central Hall, Westminster November 2015

Reynolds resigned as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.[14]

Views on the European Union

In an online article for the New Labour pressure group Progress, Reynolds asserted that "Britain's membership of the European Union is in our national interest".[15]

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.[16]

Personal life

Reynolds participates in sports such as running and used to play football. She also enjoys pubs and going to the cinema.[17] She speaks fluent French and Spanish, and some basic Italian.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ken Purchase
Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton North East

Political offices
Preceded by
Wayne David
Shadow Minister for Europe
Succeeded by
Gareth Thomas
Preceded by
Jack Dromey
Shadow Minister for Housing
Succeeded by
Roberta Blackman-Woods
Preceded by
Hilary Benn
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Succeeded by
Jon Trickett
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