Steve led the campaign to save Croydon University Hospital when the Conservatives put it on the closure list. Steve made the NHS his top issue during the last General Election – and his huge victory forced the Conservatives to drop their closure plans.
Steve worked with local Party members to persuade thousands of residents to sign a petition demanding investment for the crumbling hospital – and won £20 million for a state-of-the-art new A&E that opened this year.
Steve is backed by the GMB trade union, and worked with them against private contractors ISS who employ NHS staff on poverty wages and refuse to pay them sick leave. Steve joined workers and trade union members on a street demonstration and raised the issue in Parliament demanding fair treatment for workers and an end to NHS privatisation.
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.