Labour Member of Parliament for Streatham and Croydon North, and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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In Parliament

Steve Reed is the Labour MP for Streatham and Croydon North. He was first elected in a by-election in 2012, and has been re-elected at four general elections since.

Following Labour’s election victory in 2024, Prime Minister Keir Starmer appointed Steve to serve as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. He was previously Labour’s spokesperson for Justice, and before that for Communities and Local Government.

Since becoming an MP, Steve has worked hard for local people. He has helped local people with over 120,000 individual cases.


In 2018, Steve became the first Labour MP in 22 years to pass a major new Act of Parliament from opposition.

Seni’s Law protects people with mental ill health from violent restraint andtackles deaths in custody. The law is named after 21-year-old South Norwood graduate Seni Lewis, who tragically died after he was subject to abusive restraint in 2010.

Before Parliament

Steve was Leader of Lambeth Council for over six years before he was elected to Parliament. During this time Steve introduced the Living Wage to tackle low pay, invested in better council housing, cut violent youth crime by a third, and transformed Lambeth’s children’s services from worst to best-rated in the country – all while freezing council tax to help residents with the cost of living.


Steve grew up in a working-class family on the outskirts of London. His dad worked in a print factory, his mum was a cleaner, and he was the first member of his family to go to university. He began his career in education and business publishing, and was elected branch secretary of his trade union where he won improved parental leave for mums and dads with new-born babies.