Rachel Reeves is the Labour Member of Parliament for Leeds West and Chair of the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee. She served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and as Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary under Ed Miliband’s leadership of the Labour Party. Rachel trained as an economist and has worked at the Bank of England, the British Embassy in Washington DC and for Halifax Bank of Scotland. She studied at Oxford University and the London School of Economics.
Rachel’s first book ‘Alice in Westminster – The Political Life of Alice Bacon, the story of Yorkshire’s first woman MP’, was published by IB Tauris in 2016. It was a Guardian Book of the Year. Her second book, ‘The Women of Westminster – the MPs who Changed Politics’, will be published in Spring 2019. The book is a history of Parliament through the contribution of women elected to it over the last one hundred years, since the first woman, Nancy Astor, took her seat as an MP in 1919.
Rachel is married with two young children.