Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham

Media

In the House of Commons, it is stories about real people’s lives that bring a hush to the Chamber.

Women and Pensions - June 2011

In the House of Commons, it is stories about real people’s lives that bring a hush to the Chamber. Read more

A couple of Thursdays ago, I spoke at a national libraries conference in Warwick.  It was a lively event, with lots of animated discussion and impassioned voices.  On the same day, the Home Secretary was addressing a conference.  She was heard in absolute silence:  no laughter, no applause, no roars of approval nor of dissent.  It is a tale of two conferences.

The Grim Reality of Police Cuts - June 2011

A couple of Thursdays ago, I spoke at a national libraries conference in Warwick.  It was a lively event, with lots of animated discussion and impassioned voices.  On the same... Read more

Housing is one of the biggest issues raised at my surgeries, in my post-box and when I’m out and about.  Naturally, when a debate was called on the state of housing in London, I just had to speak.

Housing Horrors - May 2011

Housing is one of the biggest issues raised at my surgeries, in my post-box and when I’m out and about.  Naturally, when a debate was called on the state of... Read more

I wonder how many readers of this column lined the Mall last week to watch the pomp and pageant of the royal wedding, or attended street parties in celebration?  The wedding went off without a hitch.  We always do state occasions rather well.

The Olympic Legacy - May 2011

I wonder how many readers of this column lined the Mall last week to watch the pomp and pageant of the royal wedding, or attended street parties in celebration?  The... Read more

Parliament is currently in recess.  Despite rumours to the contrary, work does not stop.  Thank you for telling me about things that matter to you.  Without doubt, the biggest issue of the moment is the Welfare Reform Bill.

Failing the Fairness Test - April 2011

Parliament is currently in recess.  Despite rumours to the contrary, work does not stop.  Thank you for telling me about things that matter to you.  Without doubt, the biggest issue... Read more

The last couple of weeks in Westminster have been dominated by a debate on the Budget.  It’s been grim, listening to the roll call of cuts that will result in so many job losses and misery.

Budget 2011

The last couple of weeks in Westminster have been dominated by a debate on the Budget.  It’s been grim, listening to the roll call of cuts that will result in... Read more

I write this column, sitting in my kitchen, watching the horror unfold in Libya.

Human Rights - March 2011

I write this column, sitting in my kitchen, watching the horror unfold in Libya. Read more

I write this column from my kitchen; the telly in the corner is playing the BBC Parliament channel.

NHS Reform - Feb 2011

I write this column from my kitchen; the telly in the corner is playing the BBC Parliament channel. Read more

The first few days back at the Office after the Christmas break involved an enormous amount of letter opening, checking emails and returning calls. The postman often tells me that I receive more letters than any other MP.  I have to say that is no surprise.

 

We Need to Support our Young - Jan 2011

The first few days back at the Office after the Christmas break involved an enormous amount of letter opening, checking emails and returning calls. The postman often tells me that... Read more

Christmas has, once again, been and gone..  I bought the majority of my presents, most of them on-line as usual, put up a few decorations and just about sent out all my Christmas cards in time for the last post.

Christmas 2010

Christmas has, once again, been and gone..  I bought the majority of my presents, most of them on-line as usual, put up a few decorations and just about sent out... Read more

Last week, the trebling of student fees was the only real topic of debate.  I must admit there were times I dared to dream that the Government could actually be defeated.  But, as they currently have a majority of 84 votes, it was never going to be an easy win.

Education Fees - Dec 2010

Last week, the trebling of student fees was the only real topic of debate.  I must admit there were times I dared to dream that the Government could actually be... Read more

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