John Cryer

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John Cryer outside Leytonstone tube station after an incident in December 2015[1]
BornJohn Robert Cryer
11 April 1964

Employment.png MP for Hornchurch

In office
1997 - 2005

Employment.png MP for Leyton and Wanstead

In office
2010 - Present

John Cryer (born 11 April 1964) is an English Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leyton and Wanstead since the May 2010 General Election.[2] He was previously MP for Hornchurch from 1997 until his defeat at the 2005 General Election.[3]

John Cryer is the virtually invisible Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party who apparently cannot reconcile his position with Jeremy Corbyn, the undisputed Leader of the Labour Party.[4]


A journalist by profession, Cryer was educated at Oakbank School, Keighley, Hatfield Polytechnic and the London College of Printing.[5]

Political career

He is on the left-wing of the Labour Party and is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group. He has worked for Tribune magazine and the Morning Star, for ASLEF and the Transport and General Workers Union (now Unite). He is a Eurosceptic.

As Member of Parliament for Hornchurch, he had a record as a rebel. He voted against tuition fees and top-up fees for higher education, against cuts in lone parent benefits (the first major rebellion under the Blair government) and against the Iraq War.

He was involved in local campaigns, for example to save a local primary school, to prevent the loss of a popular GP surgery in Rainham and against proposals to cut the number of beds at Oldchurch Hospital.

He was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements[6]

On 9 February 2015 he was elected, unopposed, to succeed Dave Watts as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party.[7]

On 8 May 2015 he was re-elected as MP for the Leyton and Wanstead constituency with 58.6% of the vote. In the UK/2017 General Election, John Cryer was returned with 32,234 votes or 69.8%, an 11.2% increased share.

Personal life

He is the son of Ann Cryer and Bob Cryer, both former Labour MPs.[8] As a child he appeared as an extra in the film The Railway Children (1970). His wife is Ellie Reeves, a former Labour NEC member and a trade union lawyer, who is the sister of Rachel Reeves, the former Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.[9]


  1. "Leytonstone attack: Local MP says it would be ‘dangerous’ to link stabbing to vote on Syria air strikes"
  2. "Election 2010: Leyton and Wanstead". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  3. "Profile: John Cryer"
  4. "Jeremy Corbyn plunged into fresh civil war with Labour MPs as he's accused of acting in 'bad faith'"
  5. Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1997
  6. Eaton, George (26 January 2015). "The Labour left demand a change of direction – why their intervention matters". New Statesman. Retrieved 5 April 2015.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  7. "John Cryer Is The New Chair Of The PLP". LabourList. 9 February 2015.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  8. "MP For The Keighley Constituency Ann Cryer". – Wharfedale's Community on the Web. Wharfedale Online Trust. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  9. Jonny Greatrex "MP Tom Watson finds new love after break up of marriage", Birmingham Mail, 26 August 2012

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