Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham

Media

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

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

Holidays over.  Parliament beckons.  I hope you, like me, had some very happy times with family and friends.  Back now to reality; and I’m a little apprehensive for what 2013 holds.

The Holidays are Over - January 2013

Holidays over.  Parliament beckons.  I hope you, like me, had some very happy times with family and friends.  Back now to reality; and I’m a little apprehensive for what 2013... Read more

A month ago, a breast cancer survivor awaiting reconstructive surgery contacted me.  She is looking for work, but needs money to live on.

Universal Credit Will Hit Families - Dec 2012

A month ago, a breast cancer survivor awaiting reconstructive surgery contacted me.  She is looking for work, but needs money to live on. Read more

I confess to being an “Archers” fan.  Despite an uneasy feeling I will become the next Linda Snell when I retire; I just can’t help tuning in.

 

Energy Bills Soar - Nov 2012

I confess to being an “Archers” fan.  Despite an uneasy feeling I will become the next Linda Snell when I retire; I just can’t help tuning in.   Read more

The two minutes’ Remembrance Day observation is rightly emotionally charged.  It is a powerful silence:  a moment of personal reflection to consider the fallen, the injured and their families; and I contemplate the difficult choices this country has faced, from the fields of Flanders to the deserts of Helmand.

Rememberance Sunday - Nov 2012

The two minutes’ Remembrance Day observation is rightly emotionally charged.  It is a powerful silence:  a moment of personal reflection to consider the fallen, the injured and their families; and... Read more

Westminster skids to a halt again, for conferences, giving me time for things I couldn’t otherwise do. I’ve baked oodles of cakes for sale in aid of MacMillan Nurses; joined a campaign to save the Old Spotted Dog and attended a poignant Police Commendation Award Ceremony.

Police Cuts - Oct 2012

Westminster skids to a halt again, for conferences, giving me time for things I couldn’t otherwise do. I’ve baked oodles of cakes for sale in aid of MacMillan Nurses; joined... Read more

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