John Cryer is the new Chair of the PLP

9th February, 2015 6:33 pm

After Dave Watts stepped down as PLP Chair and from Parliament (Conor McGinn was selected for his St Helens North seat yesterday), the Parliamentary Labour Party began the process of finding his replacement. In the end there was only one candidate – John Cryer – and the popular MP for Leyton and Wanstead was appointed as Chair at tonight’s PLP meeting in the absence of a challenger.


Cryer was the MP for Hornchurch from 1997-2005 before becoming the MP for Leyton and Wanstead in 2010.

He’s from an incredibly Labour family – both his parents were Labour MPs, his wife Ellie is an elected member of the NEC and his sister-in-law Rachel is, of course, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Congratulations to John – and best of luck in the new role. If May brings coalition negotiations, it could be a hugely significant one…

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  • This is a major Eurosceptical gain. Good stuff.

  • Harry Barnes

    An ideal choice. He will work to seek to give the Parliamentary Labour Party a greater say over the direction of the Labour Party in the Commons – especially for back-bench MPs. Unfortunately, he has it wrong on the EU. For whilst it is a flawed body, the Labour Party needs to work through the Party of European Socialists towards a more democratic Europe which needs a social agenda. To handle the EU’s current financial crisis, Stuart Holland is pressing for varients of Roosevelt’s New Deal and Marshall Aid. This is an approach which has the backing of the Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis and should be on the agenda of all democratic socialists. See Stuart Holland’s “Europe in Question – and what to do about it” (Spokesman 2015) – and its backing by Varoufakis. The democratic approach that John Cryer will be following in his work as Chair of the PLP needs extending amongst socialists and labourites throughout the EU. It is the best avenue for seeking to assist Syriza. But at least, with John in the Chair, PLP meetings will be worth attending – which has not always been the case.

  • keithveness

    Unbelievably good news – a real socialist picked for an important job. Must pinch myself and wake up in a minute!

  • DanFilson

    The trick is to remember the job is representing the PLP to the (Labour) CabinetShadow Cabinet and not be an apologist for the latter to the former. If successful, the CabinetShadow Cabinet and PLP don’t get out of kilter one with the other.


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