West Ham MP Lyn Brown says shadow home secretary role is temporary

PUBLISHED: 09:26 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:56 12 June 2017

Lyn Brown, MP for West Ham

Lyn Brown, MP for West Ham

Lyn Brown

Newly-elected West Ham MP Lyn Brown has said her role as Labour’s temporary shadow home secretary is just that – “very temporary”.

Ms Brown, who easily retained her seat in the General Election 2017 with a majority of 36,754 and 76.7pc of her constituency’s vote, took over the role from Diane Abbott one day before the election due to Ms Abbott’s ill health.

However the former minister says she has “never aspired” to be a member of the shadow cabinet and stressed she will be in the role for a short time only.

“It came as a bit of a shock,” she told the Recorder. “I am very sad for Diane, she has been I feel hounded.

“She is a good woman, she works hard and I just hope she gets well soon.”

Diane Abbott, who was returned to her Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency with a 35,000 majority, tweeted last week that she will “rejoin the fray soon”.

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