|Shadow Secretary of State for Wales|
9 February 2017 – 6 April 2020
|Preceded by||Jo Stevens|
|Succeeded by||Nia Griffith|
|Shadow Minister of State for Courts and Legal Aid|
10 October 2016 – 9 February 2017
19 January 2016 – 28 June 2016
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
7 May 2015
|Preceded by||Peter Hain|
|Born||21 February 1954|
Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, Wales
|Political party||Labour and Co-operative|
|Alma mater||Ystrad Mynach College|
University of Wales
Christina Rees (born 21 February 1954) is a Welsh Labour Co-operative Party politician who served as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales in the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn from 2017 to 2020, and has served as MP for Neath since 2015.
Rees was born in the village of Kenfig Hill in south Wales. Her father died when she was a young teenager and she was brought up by her mother.
Rees became head girl of Cynffig Comprehensive School and excelled at a number of sports. Speaking as an adult, she stated: "I was very shy when I was a child and was bullied, so my mother sent me to judo classes to strengthen me up. I got a black belt first dan when I was 13." Rees represented Wales Schools at tennis, hockey, and athletics. Rees was also a member of the Great Britain Youth Team that competed at the Munich Olympics.
Rees was most successful at squash, a sport for which she has represented Wales over 100 times.
Rees is a qualified barrister.
Rees stood as the Labour candidate for Arfon in the Welsh Assembly elections in May 2011, and was placed fourth on the Labour's Wales wide list for the 2014 European Elections.
Rees first became MP for Neath following the UK general election of 2015.
Rees was appointed Shadow Minister for Courts and Legal Aid in January 2016, but quit her position during the mass resignation of Shadow ministers following the EU referendum. She supported Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election. She later became one of 33 Labour MPs to return to the front bench, taking the Courts and Legal Aid portfolio once again.
In February 2017, she was appointed to the position of Shadow Secretary of State for Wales.
Rees was re-elected at the 2019 general election but with a majority half of that she had in 2017.
In the 2020 Labour Party leadership election, Rees endorsed Keir Starmer for Labour Leader. She also endorsed Angela Rayner for deputy leader.
In April 2020, Rees announced that she would not be returning to the Official Opposition frontbench under Keir Starmer. Rees was replaced in the new Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Welsh Secretary by Nia Griffith.
Rees was married to Welsh politician and former Secretary of State for Wales, Ron Davies. The couple divorced in 1999 and have one daughter.
Rees is a vegan.