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
SpouseEllie Reeves
Former Labour Party MP, brother-in-law of Rachel Reeves

Employment.png MP for Hornchurch

In office
1997 - 2005

John Cryer 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 could not reconcile his position with Jeremy Corbyn, the former Leader of the Labour Party.[4]

In November 2020, Leyton & Wanstead CLP voted overwhelmingly for an expression of support for former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – and against Keir Starmer’s breach of rules and practice in withdrawing the whip from Corbyn.[5]

When John Cryer decided to stand down at the UK/General election/2024, Labour's NEC parachuted in RAF Wing Commander (ret'd) Calvin Bailey to replace him in the Leyton & Wanstead constituency.[6]


A journalist by profession, Cryer was educated at Oakbank School, Keighley, Hatfield Polytechnic and the London College of Printing.[7]

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[8]

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

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.[10] As a child he appeared as an extra in the film The Railway Children (1970). His wife is Ellie Reeves MP, (Lewisham West & Penge), who is the sister of Rachel Reeves MP (Leeds West).[11]


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