Author Archives: Steve Reed MP

About Steve Reed MP

I'm Labour Member of Parliament for Croydon North after being elected in a by-election in November 2012. Before that I was Leader of Lambeth Council since 2006, and was a councillor for Brixton Hill from 1998 to 2012.

My first speech in the House of Commons

An MP’s first speech is known as their maiden speech.  I gave mine on Tuesday 11 December, a week after being sworn in.  It’s traditional to pay tribute to your predecessor, to your constituency, and to lay down some markers … Continue reading

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My blog’s moving to Croydon North

In November I had the great honour of being elected as Member of Parliament for Croydon North.  I immediately resigned as Leader of Lambeth Council so that I can focus on my new duties representing the people who chose me … Continue reading

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It’s time for action on fuel poverty

  Recent events show that the government’s energy policy is a total shambles. Millions face real financial hardship as a result of sky-rocketing prices, yet the Government doesn’t have a plan. It’s in poorer areas like south London where rising … Continue reading

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Gove must make schools accountable to local communities instead of centralising control in his own hands

London’s 33 boroughs have challenged the Government to change their policy on schools so that children get the chance of a better education.  Tory Education Secretary, Michael Gove, wants to convert all 24,000 schools in the country into academies and … Continue reading

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Planning reform: fewer homes, more unemployment – and a threat to the privacy of your home

The Tory-led Government has spectacularly failed to get the British economy growing again. They inherited an economy that was recovering from the global recession, and they pushed it back into recession by making unprecedented public spending cuts that crushed consumer … Continue reading

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Lambeth judged ‘outstanding’ for supporting vulnerable children

Lambeth is officially the best council in the country for looking after vulnerable children.  Ofsted judged this month that Lambeth’s child protection service is ‘outstanding’, services for children in care are ‘outstanding’, and the adoption service is ‘outstanding’.  Lambeth is … Continue reading

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Lib Dems oppose council staff volunteering in the community

Lambeth’s Liberal Democrats have opposed plans to give council staff time off work to volunteer for local community organisations.  Under the new plans introduced by Labour, all council staff will be offered up to three days to carry out work … Continue reading

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