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

Emma Reynolds

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Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
11 May 2015 – 12 September 2015
LeaderHarriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded byHilary Benn
Succeeded byJon Trickett
Shadow Minister for Housing
In office
7 October 2013 – 11 May 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byJack Dromey
Succeeded byRoberta Blackman-Woods
Shadow Minister for Europe
In office
7 October 2011 – 7 October 2013
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byWayne David
Succeeded byGareth Thomas
Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton North East
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byKen Purchase
Majority4,587 (12.5%)
Personal details
Born (1977-11-02) 2 November 1977 (age 42)
Wolverhampton, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materWadham College, Oxford
WebsiteOfficial website

Reynolds was the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from May to September 2015.

Early life and careerEdit

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]

Parliamentary careerEdit

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 former Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary China Group[12] and Vice Chair for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs,[13] as well as Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking. She is a member of Labour Friends of Israel.[14] Reynolds resigned as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.[15] She later supported Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[16]

Views on the European UnionEdit

In an online article for the New Labour pressure group Progress in 2011, Reynolds asserted that "Britain's membership of the European Union is in our national interest".[17]

In a 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.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Reynolds participates in sports such as running and used to play football. She also enjoys pubs and going to the cinema.[19]

Reynolds married solicitor Richard Stevens in April 2016.[20] They had a son on 14 April 2017.[21]


  1. ^ "Emma Reynolds MP". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Meet the new MPs: watch video interviews with the new intake at Westminster". Sky News. Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Staff writer (29 September 2008). "Labour candidate selected". Express & Star. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  4. ^ Reynolds, Emma. "Biography". Emma Reynolds. Archived from the original on 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Emma Reynolds MP". Westminster Parliamentary Record. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Emma Reynolds: biography". Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  7. ^ Staff writer (14 January 2009). "Labour candidate takes Cogitamus role". Public Affairs News. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  8. ^ Dunn, Ray (7 May 2010). "General Election 2010: Full Midland results and stats". Birmingham Mail. Archived from the original on 17 September 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Emma Reynolds". TheyWorkForYou. Archived from the original on 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  10. ^ "Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet and ministerial teams". BBC News. 12 October 2010. Archived from the original on 13 October 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Alan Johnson 'to quit front-line politics'". BBC News. 20 January 2011. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Register Of All-Party Groups as at 14 October 2012 : China". House of Commons. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  13. ^ "Register Of All-Party Groups as at 30 July 2015 : Sikhs". House of Commons. Archived from the original on 2 July 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  14. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  15. ^ Staff writer (12 September 2015). "WATCH: Black Country MP Tom Watson named deputy leader of Labour Party – while Wolverhampton MP Emma Reynolds resigns from shadow cabinet". Express & Star. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  16. ^ Smith, Mikey; Bloom, Dan (20 July 2016). "Which MPs are nominating Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest?". Mirror. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  17. ^ Reynolds, Emma (6 October 2011). "David Cameron's eurosceptic containment strategy is failing". Progress. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  18. ^ Staff writer (1 October 2012). "TP JRF coffee club interview: Emma Reynolds". Total Politics. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  19. ^ Brar, Gurpreet (16 October 2009). "Breaking politics and political news for Westminster and the UK -". PoliticsHome. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  20. ^ "Love is in the air: Wolverhampton MP ties the knot". Express & Star. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  21. ^ "'I campaigned with a newborn,' says Labour's Emma Reynolds". BBC News. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.

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