Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham

Media

Like many of you, I guess, I spend this time of year reflecting upon the past twelve months and making plans for the future.  It has been a really special year for me, personally, as this was the year I finally married the man that I have lived with and loved for over sixteen years.  

Happy New Year 2009

Like many of you, I guess, I spend this time of year reflecting upon the past twelve months and making plans for the future.  It has been a really special... Read more

We have discovered that my niece, Aimee, who has just had her fourth birthday, has taken to watching the news.  My sister was a little surprised to have a horror-struck child with a trembling lip arrive in the kitchen.  Woolworths was closing.  Aimee has been a loyal and trusted customer of Woolworths on Wanstead High St for much of her life.  Its shop was full of wonders for a little girl and could always be relied upon to have that little toy that she absolutely needed.  Now this important part of her life was going to close for ever.

The Economy and Parliamentary Arrests - Dec 2008

We have discovered that my niece, Aimee, who has just had her fourth birthday, has taken to watching the news.  My sister was a little surprised to have a horror-struck... Read more

I think it is easy to overlook good news when it comes to crime and, in particular, knife crime.  Over the spring and early summer of this year, it seemed that almost every week we heard about another terrible and fatal stabbing of a young person, a tragic loss of another life.

Knife Crime in London - Dec 2008

I think it is easy to overlook good news when it comes to crime and, in particular, knife crime.  Over the spring and early summer of this year, it seemed... Read more

It has been relentlessly busy over the past weeks.  The current economic downturn is affecting everybody’s day to day life.  It is a very busy time in Parliament, as we get to grips with the best way to help people through these difficult times.  I have made several speeches in the House of Commons, bringing to the Government’s attention the particular pressures felt by people living in our part of London and arguing for a proper legacy from the Olympic Games. Things are changing locally and nationally.  People are losing jobs and fear for their own prospects.  We are entering difficult times.

Economic Downturn - Nov 2008

It has been relentlessly busy over the past weeks.  The current economic downturn is affecting everybody’s day to day life.  It is a very busy time in Parliament, as we... Read more

Since my last column on the subject of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, there have been a number of stories in the press regarding the possible impact of the global economic crisis on their success.  Some of these stories appear to have a grain of truth behind them, others seem more fanciful.

Olympic Legacy - Nov 2008

Since my last column on the subject of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, there have been a number of stories in the press regarding the possible impact of the global... Read more

In the summer, convalescing from my operation, I spent many happy hours watching the Olympic Games, screaming myself hoarse at the telly, encouraging team GB.  I actually lost my voice shouting during the women’s 400m final as Christine Ohuruogu raced for Britain, and Newham.  Truth is I can be very sentimental, and I usually well up watching our medallists stand on the podium, but when Christine stood watching the Union Jack rise, with the Gold medal around her neck, I unashamedly shed tears.  Chatting with Christine earlier this month, as she and her mum visited me for lunch at the House of Commons, I was reminded of just how natural and unassuming Christine is, which makes her success even more gratifying.

Beijing Olympics 2008

In the summer, convalescing from my operation, I spent many happy hours watching the Olympic Games, screaming myself hoarse at the telly, encouraging team GB.  I actually lost my voice... Read more

September has been another difficult month and also a busy one.  There has been the dreadful economic meltdown in the global financial markets.  People are extremely concerned and worried for their financial security.  My job has been made more difficult by the fact that Parliament has not been sitting.  So it can be harder to get access to Cabinet and Ministerial colleagues, to ask the questions and seek the assurances that all is being done that can be done to protect the livelihoods, homes and jobs of constituents.

The Police Night Shift - Sept 2008

September has been another difficult month and also a busy one.  There has been the dreadful economic meltdown in the global financial markets.  People are extremely concerned and worried for... Read more

I have just come back from holiday and inevitably put on a few more pounds in weight.  Given I have spent the last two years slowly shedding some flab and excitedly buying news clothes, I really need to take some action and get rid of the result of too many ice creams and breakfast pastries and hopefully continue a downward spiral to a smaller size. 

Obesity and Health - Sept 2008

I have just come back from holiday and inevitably put on a few more pounds in weight.  Given I have spent the last two years slowly shedding some flab and... Read more

OVER the past months the country has acknowledged and celebrated the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

Standing up for the NHS - Aug 2008

OVER the past months the country has acknowledged and celebrated the 60th anniversary of the NHS. Read more

It has been a really tumultuous time in the political world, The Labour Government is having a tough time and every day seems to bring a new big event, a new big story.  Sometimes we feel rather buffeted by events. The important thing for me is to keep my eye on the ball and continue to press for the things that are important to the people who elected me. That’s what I continue to try to do with my ongoing campaigns to plug the poverty gap.

Housing - June 2008

It has been a really tumultuous time in the political world, The Labour Government is having a tough time and every day seems to bring a new big event, a... Read more

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

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