John Cryer was first elected to Parliament as the Labour Party MP for Hornchurch between 1997 and 2005. Having been defeated in 2005, he was reelected as the MP for Leyton and Wanstead in 2010, winning with a majority of 20,809 in 2019.
The Leyton and Wanstead constituency is found in inner north East London based around the two communities that comprise its name. This is an ethnically diverse seat, in which a quarter of the electorate are reported to be of black or mixed race, and a quarter are of Asian descent. Leyton has been won by Labour at every General Election since the Second World War.
John Cryer has been Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party since 2015.
Born in 1964, Cryer is the son of Ann Cryer and Bob Cryer, both former Labour MPs.
He is married to Ellie Reeves, the Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge. The couple have two children.
Cryer worked as a trade union official, and as a journalist for both the Morning Star and the Guardian newspaper before being elected to Parliament.
Cryer is considered to be on the left of the Labour Party. He has rebelled against the Labour Party in the past, opposing both the Iraq War and the increase in tuition fees. Cryer was also a euroscpetic and voted for Britain to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.
John Cryer is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Historic Vehicles; Waterways; and Algeria.
Cryer enjoys cricket and cycling. As a child, he enjoyed a very brief cameo in the film The Railway Children.
Personal Website: http://www.johncryermp.co.uk/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Cryer/