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Emma Elizabeth Reynolds[3] (born 2 November 1977) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wolverhampton North East since 2010.[4]

Reynolds is the Shadow Minister for Housing. She was a member of the Arms Export Controls Committee.

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 [hide*1 Early life and career

Early life and career[edit]Edit

Reynolds was educated at Codsall High School, near Wolverhampton, followed by Wulfrun Further Education College. She studied at Wadham College at theUniversity of Oxford, where she read Politics, Philosophy and Economics.[5] Her father Kevin is a teacher at Concord College, a boarding school nearShrewsbury.

She set up a lobbying business in Brussels helping British companies that wished to influence EU laws.[6]

From 2001 to 2004, Reynolds worked in Brussels as a political adviser to Robin Cook then President of the Party of European Socialists.[7] She later worked inDowning Street and the House of Commons[8] as a special advisor to then Minister for Europe and Labour Chief Whip Geoff Hoon.[5]

In January 2009 joined commercial public affairs consultancy Cogitamus, giving advice to companies.[9]

Political career[edit]Edit

She was selected as the Labour candidate for the 2010 general election for Wolverhampton North East in September 2008. Despite a 9% swing to theConservatives and a reduction in majority of more than 6000 she held the seat for Labour.[5][10]

Reynolds has spoken on many issues in the House of Commons since being elected including questions on Building Schools for the Futurefree school mealshuman trafficking, cuts to police numbers and Mental Health Services.[11] 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.[12] After the resignation of then Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson and resulting mini-reshuffle of posts, Reynolds continued working in her post under the new Shadow Foreign Secretary, Douglas Alexander.[13] 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.

She is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary China Group[14] and secretary for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs,[15] as well as Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking.

Views on the European Union[edit]Edit

In an online article for the New Labour pressure group Progress, she stated that "Britain's membership of the European Union is in our national interest".[16]

In an 1 October 2012 interview with Total Politics she called for the eurozone countries to integrate more closely. She also she said she had differing opinions with Jon Cruddas, Labour's policy review chief, on whether having a referendum on the EU was a priority.[17]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Reynolds participates in sports such as running and used to play football. She also enjoys pubs and going to the cinema.[18] She speaks fluent French and Spanish, and some basic Italian.

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