Steve Reed
Working hard for Croydon North

Making change together

I grew up in a working class family on the outskirts of London. My dad worked in a print factory. My mum was a cleaner in an old folks’ home. When my dad’s factory closed down under the Thatcher Government, I saw first-hand how unemployment and poverty destroys families and communities. My mum ended up doing three jobs just to try to make ends meet. We struggled, and it taught me why we will always need the Labour Party to protect working people and their communities.

I was the first member of my family to go to university, and I went on to work in education publishing for 16 years, where I was elected branch secretary of my trade union. I became a Labour councillor in Lambeth, and led Labour to victory there against a Conservative-Lib Dem coalition. As Leader of the Council, I introduced the Living Wage, invested in better council housing, built six new schools, was the first council leader to introduce a ‘public health’ approach to cut violent youth crime, and led Lambeth’s services for vulnerable children from worst-rated in the country to best rated in every single category despite savage funding cuts imposed by the Conservative Government.

Being your Labour MP is the greatest honour of my life, and something I never even dreamed of as I grew up in an ordinary working-class family. I’m proud of the work I’ve done with local Labour Party members to make change in our community. I got flammable Grenfell-style cladding stripped from a local housing block, I helped get a new school built after the Conservatives left children in portakabins for six years, and I’ve dealt with over 50,000 issues for local people who came to me for help.

My proudest achievement is Seni’s Law. I became the first Labour MP to introduce a major new Act of Parliament from opposition in 22 years. It protects people with mental ill health from violent restraint of the kind that killed Seni Lewis, a young black graduate from South Norwood. This major change only happened because of the support you and other local people give me. We are fighting a General Election against Boris Johnson’s extremist Conservative Government which plans to inflict a destructive No-Deal Brexit on our country. I need your support so we can beat the Tories, win a Labour government, and tackle the inequality that scars our community.

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My track record

I’m proud to serve on Labour’s front bench as Shadow Minister for Children and Families. I’ve changed the law to protect people with mental ill health and I’ve taken up over 50,000 cases for people in Croydon North. I’m grateful to local people who’ve elected me three times to serve as their Member of Parliament – each time with a significantly increased majority.

Labour Doorstep

Your local Labour volunteers and candidates are out on the #LabourDoorstep, reaching out to our friends and neighbours no matter the weather. If you’d like to join our doorstep teams during the campaign, please get in touch.

  • Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood 17-11-2019
  • Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood 16-11-2019
  • West Thornton 16-11-2019
  • South Norwood Street Stall 16-11-2019
  • South Norwood Street Stall 16-11-2019
  • GE 2019 Campaign Launch
  • Norbury Park 14-11-2019
  • Norbury & Pollards Hill 13-11-2019
  • Norbury & Pollards Hill 13-11-2019
  • Thornton Heath 12-11-2019
  • Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood 11-11-2019
  • GE 2019 Campaign Launch
  • Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood 9-11-2019
  • Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood 9-11-2019
  • South Norwood 9-11-2019
  • Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood 9-11-2019
  • Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood 3-11-2019
  • Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood 3-11-2019

Casework

I consider my link with the community to be the most important part of my role as in Parliment. I’m here to help you.

Since I was elected my office has dealt with over 50,000 cases for constituents. These range from questions about national decisions, issues to raise in parliament, problems with tax, the immigration service, benefits or housing, through to local concerns about the state of the roads. If you would like to open a case, please use the contact form.

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Great news for Crystal Palace!! 🎄 https://t.co/pJp7C7UwgF
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Yesterday's horrific blaze in Bolton shows yet again how the Conservatives' failure to act after Grenfell has left thousands at risk from flammable cladding. #cladding #claddingscandal https://t.co/ialtpK2qOZ
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Out with this great Labour crew in #WestThornton this evening talking to voters about the real change our country needs #VoteLabour https://t.co/3EtzoAnGyz
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Great conversations with residents in Crystal Palace today, and picked up some lovely organic food at Haynes Lane market for dinner this evening https://t.co/lKxl3H5gYm
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Met so many great people at Croydon Mosque - overwhelming support for Labour https://t.co/YtJPb9kpJU
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Getting ready to talk to parents outside Downsview School this morning - many parents sharing stories about how Conservative funding cuts have affected their children #VoteLabour https://t.co/Nmz8GGVIW0
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SPAC Nation: Allegations Of Safeguarding Abuses In 'Trap Houses' Linked To Controversial Church | HuffPost UK https://t.co/vgKkDbxABp
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Further disturbing allegations of sexual abuse connected to SPAC Nation, the controversial organisation linked to the Conservative Party ⁦@MarioCreaturahttps://t.co/vgKkDbxABp
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After the young people at risk have been protected and the wrongdoers in SPAC Nation brought to justice, we need to understand & correct the serious failings that allowed this to happen in broad daylight right under the noses of the authorities across our capital city https://t.co/jx2pqigH8w
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