Steve Reed

Working hard for Croydon North

Making change together

Campaigning for Seni’s Law

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.

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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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This man is a ‘pastor’ in Tory-backed SPAC Nation, he claims he has ‘shotgun bullets’ for anyone in his way, yet his role gives him access to vulnerable children. This organisation is a severe safeguarding risk, its activities should cease while investigations proceed https://t.co/50k3sNpMnK
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More shocking revelations of abuse inside SPAC Nation - they operate in Croydon so if you know a young person being targeted for recruitment by this organisation please please warn them to keep away https://t.co/xuodRtaVlr
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A&E waiting times in England hit worst-ever level - more evidence of how the Conservatives are destroying the NHS https://t.co/Xte67np4aN
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This is Eric Sanders, he was a Jewish refugee to Britain from Nazi Austria as a teenager and served in our armed forces, he’s a long-standing member of Croydon North Labour Party and he turns 100 on Election Day. He’s hoping for a Labour Government as his birthday present 🎁 https://t.co/PV9MwCGQS0
Such a fantastic fundraiser for our Labour election campaign in #CroydonNorth - big thanks to special guest @LabourSJ and more thanks to our wonderful party members for the amazing birthday cake! https://t.co/TZdqw0te5M
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So @MarioCreatura put public safety at risk by handing voters’ names and addresses to members of an organisation that targets vulnerable young people for exploitation, and yet he’s still @CroydonTories spokesperson on public safety... https://t.co/iKXUzQDIzr
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A SPAC Nation ‘pastor’ showing how they pressure young people to take out loans to give to the organisation’s leaders. This is the organisation @MarioCreatura and the Conservatives involved in politics https://t.co/G379eiDVfw
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.@MarioCreatura engaged this organisation with the Conservative Party, legitimised & facilitated them, handed voters’ names & addresses to their members while ignoring serious allegations, he is unfit for public office & shd stand down as Tory candidate https://t.co/ZqDAdRA2zv
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If you want to hear what my politics is all about and why I believe we need to change politics and open up power to everyone, please listen to this interview https://t.co/HUQ4zoPoPH
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