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West Ham MP Lyn Brown will stand in June general election

PUBLISHED: 19:21 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 19:21 21 April 2017

Lyn Brown, MP in West Ham

Lyn Brown, MP in West Ham

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Lyn Brown has vowed “to fight as hard as I can” for her constituents after announcing her intention to stand in the forthcoming general election.

In a statement released this evening (April 21), the West Ham MP referenced “difficult and divisive times for our country” but said if re-elected, her commitment to her constituents and country would be based on her party’s ethics.

She said: “If we are to Brexit, we must have the best deal possible and we must have a deal with Labour values running throughout it, a deal that ensures the strongest possible economy, a deal that enables effective co-ordination on crime to keep us safe and secures justice for us all and a deal that enshrines our hard-fought, hard-won rights at work.

“This election is not just about Brexit, as Teresa May would like you to believe.

“It is also about the Tory record at home and we know how awful that has been for the people of Newham.

“Wages are frozen, living standards are still in rapid decline, there are massive cuts to our schools’ budgets, the NHS is in crisis, fewer police officers safeguard our streets and the council’s budget has been slashed, leaving many vulnerable people with no support.

“Labour is the only party that can be trusted to protect our public services and which has the values and the policies to build a fairer society.”

Ms Brown added that her party would be “looking to rebuild and strengthen our diverse and vibrant communities in Newham and West Ham”.

Her candidacy confirmation follows MP Stephen Timm’s committal to stand again in the general election on Tuesday.

The shock election announcement was made by the prime minister on Tuesday, April 18.

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