About Steve

I’m Steve Reed, and I’m the Labour MP for Croydon North. I was first elected in a by-election on 29 November 2012 following the tragic death of Malcolm Wicks who served with great distinction as our MP for 20 years.  I was re-elected on 7th May 2015.

I campaign on the issues that people in Croydon North say matter the most to them.


With unemployment still unacceptably high, and far higher youth unemployment than neighbouring areas, we need more action to get people back to work.

Police cuts

Croydon was hit hard in the riots in 2011. We had so many promises from the Tories about how they would keep Croydon safe – but instead they have closed down every police station in Croydon North and left us with fewer police on the streets than when the Government was elected.


Government funding restrictions mean Croydon University Hospital’s A&E and maternity units have been under repeated threat, and many local people have to wait over two weeks to see a GP when they’re ill.

Cleaner streets

Croydon’s Tory council left our streets dirty and full of dumped rubbish.  Now our newly elected Labour council have started to clean up the mess and have cut the time taken to remove fly-tipping and started to prosecute those responsible.  But this is just a start in making the big change that’s needed to clean up Croydon’s streets.

I campaign hard to win change for people and to make sure our council and the Government listen to people here in Croydon North. To keep in touch, I hold regular residents’ meetings right across the constituency, and I take up individual issues on behalf of thousands of local people who ask me for help.  Croydon North is my priority. It’s a great place full of wonderful people who are ambitious for themselves and their community.

Outside politics

I grew up on the outskirts of London where I attended a local comprehensive school.  My dad and most of my family worked at a printing factory in Watford, and my mum worked in administration before becoming a trade union official for UNISON at Watford Council. I was the first member of my family to […]

Local government experience

Before becoming MP for Croydon North, I was Leader of Lambeth Council. I led Labour back to power against the odds in 2006, defeating a failed Tory-Lib Dem coalition at a time when Labour was unpopular nationally.  Lambeth was the only council in the country Labour won back that year, and we were delighted to […]

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