Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham

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Harriet Harman got into grief with some in the media last week for wearing a stab vest out on a police patrol. Critics said it made her appear too scared to walk out in her own constituency without protection.  But, like me, Harriet lives in her London constituency, and neither of us wear stab jackets to go shopping, have a meal out or visit the local.

Policing - April 2008

Harriet Harman got into grief with some in the media last week for wearing a stab vest out on a police patrol. Critics said it made her appear too scared... Read more

Only someone living on Mars could not have noticed that it has been a rather difficult couple of weeks for the Government.  The only thing for a backbench MP to do in these circumstances is to keep on keeping on.  And so I have.  It has been a really busy couple of weeks.  I have received lots of letters from you all on many different subjects, made two substantive speeches about housing problems in Newham and contributed to a number of other debates.

We Are What We Do - Dec 2007

Only someone living on Mars could not have noticed that it has been a rather difficult couple of weeks for the Government.  The only thing for a backbench MP to... Read more

The State Opening of Parliament is always a lavish and exciting occasion in Parliament.  Some MP’s, though not any from the Labour side, wear hats to mark the uniqueness of the day.  It happens yearly, and almost always in November.  The Queen arrives through the Sovereign’s entrance, puts on her robes of state and takes her place in the House of Lords.

Queen's Speech 2007

The State Opening of Parliament is always a lavish and exciting occasion in Parliament.  Some MP’s, though not any from the Labour side, wear hats to mark the uniqueness of... Read more

When Parliament is not sitting, I get the chance to visit local businesses and services and talk with them about what they are doing.  It is often highly enjoyable.  A few weeks ago I visited Newham College and was very impressed by what I saw and heard.  How much it had changed since I went there very many years ago.

Newham College - Oct 2007

When Parliament is not sitting, I get the chance to visit local businesses and services and talk with them about what they are doing.  It is often highly enjoyable.  A... Read more

This week I have launched my own appeal to the people of Newham – to find the Best of Britain, the deserving volunteers who make this borough a better place to live and work, and try to make sure they get the recognition they truly deserve.

Everyday Heroes - Oct 2007

This week I have launched my own appeal to the people of Newham – to find the Best of Britain, the deserving volunteers who make this borough a better place... Read more

I am sure I was not the only Newham person in front of the TV screen shouting and screaming for Christine Ohuruogu as she did us proud, winning for our borough, and for Britain, a gold medal in the 400 metres at the World Athletics Championships, and a bronze in the relay. 

Christine Ohurugu - Sept 2007

I am sure I was not the only Newham person in front of the TV screen shouting and screaming for Christine Ohuruogu as she did us proud, winning for our... Read more

Last weekend I witnessed an incident in a local petrol station.  A young man wanted to purchase a can of petrol.  The cashier refused to sell to him as he looked under the age of 16 years, the legal limit.  The lad protested for a short time explaining that her colleague had sold to him the day before and that it simply was not fair that he was now being denied.  He added that his friend with him actually was 16 and could legally make the purchase.  The woman cashier would not be moved and quietly stuck to her ground that she had to have proof of age before she would make the sale.

Proof of Age - July 2007

Last weekend I witnessed an incident in a local petrol station.  A young man wanted to purchase a can of petrol.  The cashier refused to sell to him as he... Read more

Every year in this country, hundreds of workers are killed at work and hundreds of thousands of others are injured or become ill. After decades of struggle by workers and their unions, we have made significant improvements to our working conditions, we have good Health and Safety laws, but the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous.

Workers' Memorial Day

Every year in this country, hundreds of workers are killed at work and hundreds of thousands of others are injured or become ill. After decades of struggle by workers and... Read more

Like so many of you, I have experienced anti-social behaviour on the streets near my home. The issue of irresponsible minimoto riders is regularly brought to my attention by constituents, both at surgeries and elsewhere, and I know how strongly many of you feel about it.

Minimotos - March 2007

Like so many of you, I have experienced anti-social behaviour on the streets near my home. The issue of irresponsible minimoto riders is regularly brought to my attention by constituents,... Read more

Living Wage - Feb 2007

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