Jonathan Reynolds

Jonathan Neil Reynolds is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stalybridge and Hyde since 2010.[1][2] He was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet by Keir Starmer in 2020 as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions,[3] and to the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party.

Jonathan Reynolds

Reynolds in 2019
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Assumed office
6 April 2020
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byMargaret Greenwood
Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
8 October 2016  6 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byRichard Burgon
Succeeded byPat McFadden
Shadow Minister of State for Rail
In office
14 September 2015  6 January 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byLilian Greenwood
Succeeded byAndy McDonald
Shadow Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
7 October 2013  18 September 2015
LeaderEd Miliband
Member of Parliament
for Stalybridge and Hyde
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byJames Purnell
Majority2,946 (6.9%)
Member of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
for Longdendale
In office
4 May 2007  5 May 2011
Preceded byPeter Bibby
Succeeded byGillian Peet
Personal details
BornHoughton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, England
Political partyLabour and Co-operative
Spouse(s)Claire Johnston
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
BPP Law School

He is a former shadow energy minister, shadow transport minister, PPS to the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury.[3]

Early life and career

Born in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear to Keith and Judith Reynolds, Jonathan Reynolds moved to Manchester in 1998. Reynolds studied Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester and BPP Law School (Manchester). After leaving university Reynolds worked for the council and (former MP) James Purnell, before beginning training as a solicitor.

In 2007, Reynolds was elected to Tameside Council for the ward of Longdendale.[4]

Reynolds served on Labour's National Executive Committee from 2003 to 2005.[5]

Reynolds worked for four years as a political assistant for the previous Stalybridge and Hyde MP James Purnell[6] and was selected to replace Purnell after a controversial selection process.[6]

Reynolds is a member of the Co-operative Party and Unite the Union.[7]

Parliamentary career

In the General Election of May 2010, Reynolds was elected as MP for Stalybridge and Hyde. In 2011 Reynolds stood down as councillor, the candidacy was taken up by Gill Peet[4] who was elected in his place. During this year Reynolds did not claim Councillor Allowances.[8]

Under Ed Miliband, Reynolds was appointed Shadow Justice and Constitutional Affairs Whip.[9] He was later appointed Miliband's Parliamentary Private Secretary[10] and Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change. As Shadow Energy Minister, he focused on fuel poverty, energy efficiency, and solar energy.[11]

After Jeremy Corbyn was elected to the leadership of the Labour Party in September 2015, Reynolds was made a Shadow Minister for Transport with responsibility for rail.[12][13] He resigned the position following Jeremy Corbyn's January 2016 reshuffle, saying he felt he could "best serve the party as a backbencher" and expressing his support for the sacked Pat McFadden.[12] He supported Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[14] Following the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, he was re-appointed to the shadow front bench as Shadow City Minister.[15]

Reynolds was appointed a member of the BIS Select Committee in 2016.[16] He questioned Mike Ashley during the committee's inquiry into working practices at Sports Direct.[17] Reynolds is the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, and former Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces.

He is Chair of Christians on the Left[18] and a vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel.[19][20] Between January and December 2018, Reynolds claimed £217,837 in expenses, comprising £140,296 on staffing, £5,291 on travel, £34,146 on accommodation, and £35,205 on office costs.[21]


Reynolds previously argued the Labour Party had not developed a credible "alternative economic model".[22] He has argued in favour of an industrial policy and reforms to UK equity markets.[23]

In his time as Shadow City Minister, he has spoken in support of a Brexit deal which is favourable to financial services.[24] City A.M. Editor Christian May described him in November 2016 as "popular in the Square Mile and at home in the brief".[25]

Reynolds is an advocate of proportional representation.[26] In December 2015, he introduced a Private Member's Bill which would have changed UK general elections from the First Past the Post system, to the Additional Member System.[27]

He supports the idea of a Universal Basic Income[28] and the nationalisation of the UK rail networks.[29]

He has described himself as on the "moderate" wing of the Labour Party.[30]


Reynolds has campaigned for the redevelopment of local town centres, particularly Stalybridge;[31] improved transport links, including the Mottram-Tintwistle Bypass, the proposed Transpennine Tunnel,[32] and Northern Hub improvement; for more primary school places in Hyde; and for further devolution to Greater Manchester.

He has opposed cuts to police and fire services in Tameside and Greater Manchester[33] and worked to improve local health services, including publicly calling for the resignation of Tameside Hospital's Chief Executive, Christine Green, in 2013.[34]

Personal life

Reynolds lives in Stalybridge.[35] He and his wife Claire have four children, of whom his eldest son is autistic.[36] Outside politics, his interests include supporting Sunderland A.F.C., films and gardening.[37][38]


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  30. "Labour's Moderates Need to Understand Jeremy Corbyn | HuffPost UK". 17 September 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  31. "Brighter future for Tameside 'bombsite' as demolition work begins on derelict Casablanca Health Club". Mancunian Matters. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  32. Chris Green (30 November 2015). "Trans-Pennine Tunnel: 18-mile Peak District road 'could pose psychological difficulties for drivers'". The Independent. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  33. "Calls for Parliament to Debate Cuts in Greater Manchester". Jonathan Reynolds. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  34. "Blog: Tameside Hospital moving forward". Jonathan Reynolds. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
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  37. "Jonathan Reynolds MP talks about Autism Awareness". YouTube. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  38. "Sunderland AFC Ladies' WSL snub set to be raised in Parliament".