Steve Reed speaks in support of powers of attorney Bill

On Friday, Steve Reed spoke in Parliament in support of a Private Members’ Bill to modernise and streamline the process for making and registering a lasting power of attorney.

The Bill has passed all readings in the House of Commons and its first reading in the House of Lords, where it is due for a second reading.

The Bill includes provisions to modernise the process of registering a lasting power of attorney. This would be an important step towards supporting people suffering from debilitating diseases and their families as the UK population ages and more people are affected by conditions like dementia.

You can read Steve’s full statement here, or watch the video below.


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.