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Rachel Reeves

Labour MP for Leeds West and co-chair of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

Rachel Reeves is the Member of Parliament for Leeds West and a former Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Before entering Parliament, Rachel spent her professional career as an economist working for the Bank of England, the British Embassy in Washington and at Halifax Bank of Scotland.

Loneliness Could Be Quietly Killing Us, Yet We're Not Talking About It

I have secured a Westminster Hall debate on loneliness. MP from all parties will speak about the impact of loneliness on our communities and the many community projects that are tackling loneliness. Like Jo always said, we have more in common than that which divides us. Starting a conversation with our neighbours, colleagues, acquaintances or someone waiting with you in a queue is something we can all do to reduce loneliness.
15/11/2017 07:37 GMT

The Time Is Ripe For The Financial Transactions Tax

This is a welcome move and will both raise much needed revenue to fund the commitments in the manifesto, but it will also hopefully reduce the speculative transactions on companies that result in financial instability and add no value to the economy.
15/05/2017 07:57 BST

Bedroom Tax Victims Like the Rutherfords Aren't Asking for the World - Just Some Security for Their Families

When I visited the Rutherfords I promised them that if Labour won the election, cancelling the bedroom tax would be the first thing I did. When I saw the exit polls at 10pm on 7 May I thought of Warren and his grandparents. I felt we had let them down and I feared what another five years of Tory government would mean for them and the other 500,000 households paying the bedroom tax. On Tuesday, Paul and Sue got a rare piece of good news. They took the government to The Court of Appeal - and won, with the Judge concluding that the bedroom tax is unlawful because it discriminates against disabled children and in a separate case against the victims of domestic violence.
28/01/2016 07:38 GMT

Whether You're a Football Club or a Business, Paying the Living Wage Is Just Good Sense

Given the positive reaction both Chelsea and West Ham fans have had to their clubs' support of the living wage, it's hard to understand why this is such a battle. A survey for the GMB union found that 84% of football supporters want Premier League and Football League clubs to pay their staff a wage they can live on. It's the right thing to do, and the goodwill that paying the living wage would create would be huge. Making sure people are paid a decent wage is not just the right thing to do, it's good for working families, it's good for business and it's good for the economy.
19/02/2015 08:03 GMT

George Osborne Should Use This Budget to Correct His Mistakes

Ed Miliband, Ed Balls and I have set two tests for George Osborne's budget today. First, will it get our economy moving - delivering the jobs and growth we need to get the deficit down? And second, will it be fair to families on low and middle incomes now bearing the heaviest burden of Osborne's spending cuts and tax rises?
20/03/2012 23:13 GMT