People on £60,000 aren’t rich, says Labour’s Rachel Reeves

Rachel Reeves arrives at our meeting carrying a baby seat. The shadow chief secretary to the Treasury had woken soon after dawn and left home with her six-month-old daughter to catch a train to Leeds, meet her constituents and give a speech on housing. Boring snoring? Miss Reeves should be so lucky. It is hard to see how she ever finds time to sleep.
Three weeks after she returned from maternity leave, the furore over the insult tweeted by Newsnight’s editor after an interview he deemed dull has masked the significance of Miss Reeves’s re-entry into politics. Viewed by many colleagues as the greatest talent in the shadow cabinet, she is pivotal to Ed Miliband’s chances of winning the next election.
The political hopes invested in her have not diluted her love of motherhood. “It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me. I’ve just been incredibly happy, and I it very rewarding.”
Her six months of maternity leave made the world of politics seem “really remote … I have a lot of friends who are stay-at-home mums. I understand that decision. It’s time you’re never going to get back and it’s more important than anything else.” That sisterly solidarity does not, however, extend to endorsing tax breaks for married couples. “We should be helping all families rather than a favoured few.”
Nor is she in any doubt that helping mothers back to work by offering better child care would help boost the economy. “Well of course it would. If we could get the rates up to Scandinavian countries, it would be a good thing.” Miss Reeves, the daughter of two teachers, has chosen not to insulate herself from the problems faced by other women. Far from relying on expensive nannies, she appears to depend on a close-knit family who help her and her husband, a civil servant in the Cabinet Office, care for their baby. That informal set-up belies her high octane role in politics. Labour’s hopes of clawing back its fiscal credibility rest, in large part, on Rachel Reeves.


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Investigative Journalist/Researcher for major media. Exposing the truth and police corruption with in UK police service.Certain forces say their motto is Honesty & Integrity One must ask is it lip service or genuinely meant. CO-OP Labour Party member questioning is the party standing for working class of Britain. Trade Union Activist & promoting diversity,community cohesion within multicultural Britain. Anti fascist speaks out against all foams of discrimination.
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