Changing faces: Emma Reynolds

13th April 2016

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Labour MP Emma Reynolds (PPE, 2000) grew up in Wolverhampton, attending local schools before coming to Wadham. She was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East in May 2010.

  • Emma Reynolds

This photographic portrait of her, by Sophia Spring, is one of a series of images which are going up around College. The sitters have been chosen following nominations from staff, students and alumni, as inspirational members of the Wadham community.

Warden Ken Macdonald QC is spearheading this project to showcase a more balanced selection of images of Wadham’s alumni and fellows: “I wanted to address the predominance in Hall and around College of portraits of white men. The Wadham community is a diverse and inclusive one and, until now, this has not been reflected by the portraits which adorn its walls. Over the coming months we hope to go some way to provide our students with inspirational images which reflect today’s Wadham community.”

In October 2015, Emma Reynolds was elected as a member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee. From May until September 2015, she was Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. In October 2013, she served as the Shadow Housing Minister attending Shadow Cabinet. Emma was the Shadow Europe Minister for the previous two years.

Prior to becoming an MP, Emma helped to set up a small business which supported British companies in understanding and influencing EU laws. She then went on to work for the Party of European Socialists in Brussels as an adviser to Robin Cook. Emma was later appointed as political advisor to Geoff Hoon in his role as Europe Minister and then Chief Whip.

Emma works hard acting as an advocate for her constituents, liaising with national and local government, local service providers, businesses and other agencies. She has taken the lead in several highly successful local campaigns such as highlighting local transport issues and leading calls for further investment and regeneration in Wolverhampton. She holds regular surgeries, coffee mornings and campaign days in her constituency.

In Parliament, Emma holds Ministers to account and speaks regularly on a diverse range of subjects including social care, public health, housing, local government, Europe and foreign policy. In 2011, Emma re-established the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Aerospace, a vital local industry in Wolverhampton. She is also Vice-Chair of the APPG for British Sikhs and the Secretary of APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery.

Emma is a keen linguist and speaks fluent French, conversational Spanish and some basic Italian. She enjoys running, tennis and swimming as well as following her football team Wolves.

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