Rachel Jane Reeves (born 13 February 1979) is a British politician serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer since July 2024, and the first woman to be appointed to the post. Previously, she was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2021. A member of the Labour Party, she has been the Member of Parliament for Leeds West since the 2010 general election.


  • Until this government's formation just over a year ago, every generation of women has enjoyed greater opportunity. My great-grandmother was a cockle picker on the south coast of Wales, my grandmother worked in shoe factories, and my mother is a primary school teacher. But this expectation that women of the next generation will do better than the one before is now fundamentally threatened.
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