John Robert Cryer (born 11 April 1964) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leyton and Wanstead since the general election in May 2010. He was previously MP for Hornchurch from 1997 until his defeat at the 2005 general election. He is the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
|Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party|
|Assumed office |
9 February 2015
|Preceded by||David Watts|
|Member of Parliament|
for Leyton and Wanstead
|Assumed office |
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Harry Cohen|
|Member of Parliament|
1 May 1997 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||Robin Squire|
|Succeeded by||James Brokenshire|
John Robert Cryer
11 April 1964
Darwen, Lancashire, England
|Alma mater||University of Hertfordshire|
University of the Arts London
Early life and education
Cryer describes himself as a Eurosceptic, and was one of a few Labour MPs who campaigned and voted for the UK to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum. He has been consistently opposed to holding a Second referendum on EU membership. His seat has was targeted by the Pro-European Liberal Democrats in the 2019 general election for his support for Brexit.
As Member of Parliament for Hornchurch, Cryer had a record as a rebel. He voted against tuition fees and top-up fees for higher education, against cuts in lone parent benefits (the first major rebellion under the Blair government) and against the Iraq War.
He was also involved in local campaigns to save a local primary school, to prevent the loss of a popular GP surgery in Rainham and against proposals to cut the number of beds at Oldchurch Hospital. He lost this marginal seat in 2005, before being selected to succeed Harry Cohen in Leyton and Wanstead, a safe Labour seat; he comfortably retained it for the party at the 2010 general election.
Cryer was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements.
On 8 May 2015, Cryer was re-elected as MP for the Leyton and Wanstead constituency with 58.6% of the vote. On 8 June 2017, he was re-elected as MP for the Leyton and Wanstead constituency with 69.8% of the vote.
In July 2019, following the BBC Panorama programme "Is Labour Antisemitic?", Cryer condemned his party's attack on former staff whistleblowers who had appeared in the programme as "a gross misjudgment".
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