Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham

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Now the sun has started to shine, it’s easy to feel a little more optimistic.  Spring is a wonderful time.

Viewers of my Facebook page will know that my garden is beginning to show a touch of colour after a dreary winter, in which people across the country, though not in Newham, thankfully, have seen their lives turned upside down by storms and floods.  My thoughts are with them, as they struggle to rebuild their homes and their lives.

Community Spirit - April 2014

Now the sun has started to shine, it’s easy to feel a little more optimistic.  Spring is a wonderful time. Viewers of my Facebook page will know that my garden... Read more

Last week’s Budget showed just who this Government is out to cultivate and to reward:  the wealthy fortunate enough to have savings, people able to put aside £15,000 a year for a rainy day, those who got the millionaires’ tax cut last April, and big energy businesses already profiteering at your expense.

Budget 2014

Last week’s Budget showed just who this Government is out to cultivate and to reward:  the wealthy fortunate enough to have savings, people able to put aside £15,000 a year... Read more

I love the Recorder’s new format and I am delighted it has returned to its exclusive focus on Newham.  Congratulations to Archant Newspaper Group and Editor Michael Adkins.

While assessing the new look, I reflected that the Recorder has been a constant feature throughout my life.

Recorder Memories - March 2014

I love the Recorder’s new format and I am delighted it has returned to its exclusive focus on Newham.  Congratulations to Archant Newspaper Group and Editor Michael Adkins. While assessing... Read more

Surfing the web, waiting for inspiration to strike, I came across the views of Edwina Currie.  Remember her, former Conservative MP, who has since become a minor TV celeb?

How could she possibly inspire this column, I hear readers demand?  It was her opinion of Food Banks and poverty which left me so incredulous that I thought that I should share it with readers.

Edwina Currie and Food Banks - Feb 2014

Surfing the web, waiting for inspiration to strike, I came across the views of Edwina Currie.  Remember her, former Conservative MP, who has since become a minor TV celeb? How... Read more

What a week of ups and downs.  The greatest up:  I’ve been promoted, coming out of the shadows of the Whips office to become Shadow Minister for Communities.  It’s a big challenge and a talking role, to boot.

Match Women's Strike - Oct 2013

What a week of ups and downs.  The greatest up:  I’ve been promoted, coming out of the shadows of the Whips office to become Shadow Minister for Communities.  It’s a... Read more

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29th August 2014

Over the Summer I have continued to put pressure on the Government regarding the crisis in Gaza; I have received an overwhelming amount of mail from constituents who are saddened and shocked by the events in recent months. 

Gaza Crisis

  29th August 2014 Over the Summer I have continued to put pressure on the Government regarding the crisis in Gaza; I have received an overwhelming amount of mail from... Read more

Towards the end of the parliamentary session, people wrote asking me to speak out against changes to Legal Aid.

Changes to Legal Aid - August 2013

Towards the end of the parliamentary session, people wrote asking me to speak out against changes to Legal Aid. Read more

The debate about HS2 has barely impacted upon East London.  It’s not really a live issue.  In fact, absolutely nobody has raised it with me.  So, it seems an improbable subject for my column, but I think it’s worth a look.

 

High Speed Rail - July 2013

The debate about HS2 has barely impacted upon East London.  It’s not really a live issue.  In fact, absolutely nobody has raised it with me.  So, it seems an improbable... Read more

I’m sat here typing, a beautiful cat beside me.  As I opened the door last night, she shot through my legs, in search of food.  She’s not chipped and probably a stray.

April is the Cruelest Month - April 2013

I’m sat here typing, a beautiful cat beside me.  As I opened the door last night, she shot through my legs, in search of food.  She’s not chipped and probably... Read more

Next week is the Budget, George Osborne’s showcase opportunity to help the economy and the living standards of hard working families.  I won’t hold my breath.

 

Budget 2013

Next week is the Budget, George Osborne’s showcase opportunity to help the economy and the living standards of hard working families.  I won’t hold my breath.   Read more

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