Ellie Reeves MP for Lewisham West and Penge has been appointed to the Labour Party’s front bench as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the International Development Team.
“I am extremely pleased to of been appointed by Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour Front Benches,” the MP told East London Lines.
Reeves visited Sydenham School during its ‘Send My Friend to School’ campaign last summer. The campaign was part of the UK coalition of the ‘Global Campaign for Education’ (GCE) an organisation working to ensure quality education for all children across the globe.
She said the students were “fantastic and spoke with great passion about the need for global education”. She got involved with the international development team when she met with Priti Patel, the now former Secretary of State for International Development, to present Sydenham School’s work to her.
Reeves also called on the government to increase spending on global education and questioning the government on what actions they were taking to help tackle modern slavery in Libya.
She said: “I am now looking forward to helping the Labour International Development team put forward a strong opposition and to hold the government to account on international development issues.”
Reeves and her family are all involved with the labour party. Her husband, John Cryer, is Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead, and both his parents were MPs. Her sister, Rachel Reeves, is currently the Labour MP for Leeds West and Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee and served as shadow minister under Ed Miliband.