As Leader of Lambeth Council, Steve Reed was a pioneer of the Co-operative Councils agenda. He has been a Labour & Co-operative Member of Parliament for Croydon North since a November 2012 by-election, and was appointed a Shadow Home Office Minister with responsibility for tackling anti-social behaviour in 2013.
Steve was first elected to Lambeth Council in 1998 and was elected Deputy Leader of the Council in 2000. From 2001 he also held the Education portfolio and oversaw negotiations for Lambeth’s first new secondary school for 40 years.
Following Labour’s defeat in the 2002 elections, Steve was elected Leader of the Opposition. He led the Labour Group through opposition to a landslide victory in 2006, Labour’s only majority gain in the country that year, when he was elected Leader of the Council. In 2008, The Audit Commission awarded Lambeth Three Stars moving it from one Star Authority and making it the fastest improving Council in London.
Steve has also been Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association and Vice-Chair of the Central London Partnership, a public-private partnership addressing issues affecting central London.