Rachel Reeves

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(politician, economist)
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BornRachel Jane Reeves
13 February 1979
Lewisham, London, England
Alma materNew College (Oxford), London School of Economics
RelativesEllie Reeves
SpouseNicholas Joicey

Employment.png Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
9 May 2021 - Present
Appointed byKeir Starmer
Preceded byAnneliese Dodds

Employment.png Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

In office
5 April 2020 - 9 May 2021
Appointed byKeir Starmer
Succeeded byAngela Rayner

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

In office
7 October 2013 - 8 June 2015
Preceded byLiam Byrne
Succeeded byStephen Timms

Employment.png Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
7 October 2011 - 7 October 2013
Preceded byAngela Eagle
Succeeded byChristopher Leslie

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Leeds West

In office
6 May 2010 - Present

Rachel Reeves (born 13 February 1979) is a British Labour Party politician and an economist. She has served as the Member of Parliament for Leeds West since the 2010 General Election and has been tipped as a future Leader of the Labour Party.[1]

On 5 April 2020, the newly elected Labour leader Keir Starmer appointed Rachel Reeves Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office. Following Labour's crushing defeat in the 2021 Hartlepool by-election Rachel Reeves was appointed Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer on 9 May 2021.[2]


Rachel Reeves was Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2013 but vowed not to return to the shadow cabinet after her maternity leave following Jeremy Corbyn's victory in the 2015 Labour leadership election. Reeves also served as chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee from 2017 to 2020.[3]

Reeves' younger sister, Ellie, was a member of Labour's National Executive Committee and Joint Policy Committee until being voted off in August 2016, and is married to Parliamentary Labour Party chair John Cryer, Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead.[4] Ellie Reeves was elected MP for Lewisham West and Penge in the June 2017 General Election.[5]