Steve Reed MP: “Never let people tell you politics can’t make a difference.”

Steve Reed MP: 

“Never let people tell you politics can’t make a difference.

I marched against Thatcher’s anti-gay hate laws in the 1980s.

I voted for Equal Marriage as an MP.

I’ve now got a ring on my finger.”

In an in interview with the Daily Mirror, Steve discusses how he became involved in politics, his personal fight for gay rights, cooking and the perfect recipe for roast potatoes…

Watch the full interview here.


Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 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.