Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham

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I always enjoy getting feedback from readers about my column, particularly when I meet them in person.  There are two things people have been keen to talk about over the past few weeks.  One is my foolhardy promise to run the Marathon this year and the second is the idea for a school uniform recycling project.

Kit for Kids - Feb 2010

I always enjoy getting feedback from readers about my column, particularly when I meet them in person.  There are two things people have been keen to talk about over the... Read more

Having been in the cut and thrust of politics for a little while now, I suppose I should not be surprised by anything, but one story that has made me really cross is the bunkum spoken about the failure to tackle poverty in the UK.

Poverty Statistics - February 2010

Having been in the cut and thrust of politics for a little while now, I suppose I should not be surprised by anything, but one story that has made me... Read more

I am sure no one has escaped the dreadful images on our TV screens, and in the newspapers, of the terrible death and destruction that the earthquake has brought upon the people of Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world.

Importance of Charities - Jan 2010

I am sure no one has escaped the dreadful images on our TV screens, and in the newspapers, of the terrible death and destruction that the earthquake has brought upon... Read more

Christmas is drawing near.  I have steamed my pudding, made my mincemeat and ordered the turkey. My boxes of Christmas cards look accusingly from the kitchen table; they know that I am running out of time to make the last posting date.  Shopping online for all my gifts rather than braving the shops is the norm and my diary for the weeks before Christmas is fuller than ever.

Christmas 2009

Christmas is drawing near.  I have steamed my pudding, made my mincemeat and ordered the turkey. My boxes of Christmas cards look accusingly from the kitchen table; they know that... Read more

It is fairly easy to be gloomy at this time of the year. The nights have drawn in, and the last bank holiday was almost three months ago. Christmas feels a long way off. Reading national newspapers or watching the news brings little cheer.

Good News - Nov 2009

It is fairly easy to be gloomy at this time of the year. The nights have drawn in, and the last bank holiday was almost three months ago. Christmas feels... Read more

I am not sure how many of you spent a lot of time watching the various Party conferences during Conference season. 

Tory Conference 2009

I am not sure how many of you spent a lot of time watching the various Party conferences during Conference season.  Read more

In May this year I travelled to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, as part of a delegation from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Sierra Leone - Sept 2009

In May this year I travelled to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, as part of a delegation from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Read more

Every November I host the Pigeon Fanciers’ annual dinner in the House of Commons.  It is an event that Tony Banks fostered when he was MP for West Ham and it got passed to me.

Marathon 2009

Every November I host the Pigeon Fanciers’ annual dinner in the House of Commons.  It is an event that Tony Banks fostered when he was MP for West Ham and... Read more

One of the best parts of my job is attending the celebration of achievement days at local schools.  Each year I attend a number of them, handing out certificates and prizes to young people, to mark their successes in school.

Exam Results - Aug 2009

One of the best parts of my job is attending the celebration of achievement days at local schools.  Each year I attend a number of them, handing out certificates and... Read more

This year, I have been collecting books and waiting for the opportunity to indulge myself.  

Summer Reading - Aug 2009

This year, I have been collecting books and waiting for the opportunity to indulge myself.   Read more

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