Chris Bryant


Chris Bryant was re-elected MP for Rhondda on May 7th 2015 with 15975 votes, taking 50.7% of the vote.

Chris was born in Cardiff in 1962 and brought up in Cardiff, Spain and Cheltenham. He read English at Mansfield College Oxford (II.1) and Theology at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, before ordination in the Church of England in December 1986. He spent two and a half years as curate at All Saints, High Wycombe, before becoming Youth Chaplain to the diocese of Peterborough.

In 1991 he left the Church to work for the Labour Party as Frank Dobson’s election agent and in 1993 he became the Labour Party’s Local Government Development Officer. The following year he became London Manager for the educational charity, Common Purpose.

In 1996 he turned to full-time writing, publishing biographies of Stafford Cripps and Glenda Jackson and a history of Christian Socialism (Possible Dreams). From 1998-2000 he was Head of European Affairs at the BBC.

Chris joined the Labour Party in 1986 and was Chair of the Christian Socialist Movement and a Hackney Councillor from 1993-8. He stood as Labour’s candidate in the 1997 General Election in Wycombe, a formerly ‘safe’ Tory seat which the Conservatives held this time with a mere 2,370 majority.

Following his election as Rhondda’s MP in June 2001 he has served on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee of the House of Commons, as well as the Joint Committee of the Lords and Commons on Reform of the House of Lords.

From November 2002 to May 2007 he was Chair of the Labour Movement for Europe.

Chris was re-elected as an MP (with an increased majority) in 2005 and from May 2005 to June 2006 was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton (Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs).

Chris was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal; Secretary of State for Equality and Minister for Women and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2008 when he was then appointed to the Government in his current post as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.

He is an Associate of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and a member of the Coop Party, Amnesty International, Amicus and the Fabians.

He speaks fluent Spanish and good French. He lives in Porth in the Rhondda Fach.

Constituency: Rhondda

Constituency Address: 5 Cemetery Road
CF39 0LG

Constituency Tel: 0144 368 7697

Date of Birth: 11 January 1962


Party: Labour

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Westminster Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Westminster Tel: 020 7219 8315

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