Lyn Brown
MP
Shadow Minister for the Treasury
Assumed office
12 January 2018
Serving with Clive Lewis
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Anneliese Dodds
Shadow Home Secretary
Acting
In office
7 June 2017 – 18 June 2017
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Shadowing Amber Rudd
Preceded by Diane Abbott
Succeeded by Diane Abbott
Shadow Minister of State for Policing
In office
8 October 2016 – 2 July 2017
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Jack Dromey
Succeeded by Louise Haigh
Member of Parliament
for West Ham
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Tony Banks
Majority 36,754 (60.5%)
Personal details
Born Lyn Carol Brown
(1960-04-13) 13 April 1960 (age 63)
Website Official website
Commons website


Lyn Carol Brown (born 13 April 1960) has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Ham since 2005. She was a Shadow Minister at the Home Office from September 2015 to 28 June 2016.

Parliamentary career

The former minister and Labour member of parliament for West Ham constituency Tony Banks retired and Lyn Brown was selected to contest the safe Labour seat through an all-women shortlist. Lyn Brown became the seat's MP at the 2005 general election with a majority of 9,801 votes. She made her maiden speech on 23 May 2005.

In 2006, Brown became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Communities and Local Government Minister, Phil Woolas. In July 2007 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

In June 2009 she was promoted to become an Assistant Government Whip. She remained as a whip, in opposition, following the 2010 general election. At the 2010 election, she retained the seat with a significantly increased majority of 22,534.

In October 2013, Brown became Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government). In September 2015, she was appointed as a Shadow Home Office Minister by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

In June 2017, one day before the 2017 general election, Brown temporarily replaced Diane Abbott as Shadow Home Secretary during a period of ill health for Abbott.