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For other people of the same name, see Nicholas Brown (disambiguation).
The Right Honourable
Nick Brown
MP
Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Commons
In office
11 May 2010 – 7 October 2010
Leader Harriet Harman (Acting)
Ed Miliband
Preceded by Patrick McLoughlin
Succeeded by Rosie Winterton
Government Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
3 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Geoff Hoon
Succeeded by Patrick McLoughlin
In office
2 May 1997 – 27 July 1998
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Alastair Goodlad
Succeeded by Ann Taylor
Minister for the North East
In office
28 June 2007 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Government Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Treasurer of the Household
In office
28 June 2007 – 3 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Bob Ainsworth
Succeeded by Tommy McAvoy
Minister of State for Work
In office
11 June 2001 – 13 June 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Des Browne
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
In office
27 July 1998 – 11 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Jack Cunningham
Succeeded by Margaret Beckett (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
Acting
In office
12 May 1994 – 21 July 1994
Leader Margaret Beckett (Acting)
Preceded by Margaret Beckett
Succeeded by Margaret Beckett
Member of Parliament
for Newcastle upon Tyne East
Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend (1997–2010)
Assumed office
9 June 1983
Preceded by Mike Thomas
Majority 12,494 (31.9%)
Personal details
Born Nicholas Hugh Brown
(1950-06-13) 13 June 1950 (age 65)
Hawkhurst, England
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Manchester

Nicholas Hugh Brown[1] (born 13 June 1950) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Newcastle upon Tyne East since 1983. He has served as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister of State for Work and Pensions, Deputy Chief Whip, and was the Government's Chief Whip from October 2008 to May 2010.[2]

Early life[edit]

Brown was born in Hawkhurst, Kent, and brought up in nearby Tunbridge Wells, attending Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys[3] before studying at the University of Manchester. After graduating, he worked in advertising for Procter & Gamble, but in 1978 he moved to be Legal adviser to the Northern Region of the GMBATU, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1980 he was elected to Newcastle City Council, representing Walker ward. His role in the union gave him a role in maximising the union's influence in Labour Party selections.

Political career[edit]

When Mike Thomas, the sitting Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne East, defected to the SDP, Brown was chosen as the new Labour Party candidate for the seat, easily retaining it for Labour at the 1983 general election. He joined Labour's front bench in 1985 as a spokesman on Legal Affairs; from 1988 he was a Treasury spokesman and from 1994 he shadowed Health.

Originally elected to the Commons in the same year as Gordon Brown and Tony Blair he was initially close to both men but over time he became his namesake Brown's staunchest ally, though the two are unrelated. In the 1994 Labour leadership election he acted as Brown's unofficial campaign manager, and according to Gordon Brown's biographer Paul Routledge, advised against him pulling out of the contest in Blair's favour.

In 1995 he was appointed Deputy Chief Whip and played a central role in the close Parliament in trying to defeat the Conservatives. After Labour's election victory in 1997, he was appointed Chief Whip, but stayed there only for a year, and was moved to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1998. This change, which followed the publication of the Routledge biography earlier that year, was widely seen as a demotion,[citation needed] and ascribed to his close connection with Brown. Not long after this, he was forced by the News of the World newspaper in 1998 to announce that he is gay. He did this by telling an audience of farmers: "It's a lovely day. The sun is out - and so am I."[4]

His tenure at MAFF saw several animal health crises ending with the 2001 foot and mouth crisis. Brown's handling of the outbreak, which some in the media and politics used to attack the government, was criticised, though throughout he maintained the support of the farming and food industries and the veterinary profession. Suggestions that a vaccination strategy should have been practised in preference to the culling of hundreds of thousands of animals, made with the benefit of hindsight, did not help his cause, and he was demoted out to be the Minister of Work, with non-voting Cabinet rank, at the Department for Work and Pensions after the general election of 2001. In June 2003, he was dropped from the Government altogether, receiving news of his sacking by Tony Blair during the course of a party held to mark his 20 years as an MP.

Brown remains closely allied to Gordon Brown. In 2004 he was one of the organisers of a rebellion over the government's proposals for student finance, but hours before the vote announced that he had received concessions from the Government and would now support it. It was suspected that the Chancellor had ordered him to back down, but the affair cost him some credibility. On 29 June 2007 he was announced as Brown's new Deputy Chief Whip and Minister for the North East. Following a government reshuffle, he was returned to his original government position of Government Chief Whip, retaining his position as Minister for the North East.

In 2009, Brown was put in charge of investigating questionable expense claims by Labour MPs. According to The Daily Telegraph, between 2004 and 2008, he himself claimed a total of £87,708 for his constituency home including £18,800 for food. Allowances sought, without submission of receipts, included £200 a month for repairs, £200 a month for service and maintenance and £250 a month for a cleaner.[5]

Brown's mortgage interest repayments for 2007-8 totalled £6,600, but he also claimed a total of £23,068, just £15 below the maximum allowable amount for the year. The claim included £4,800 for food – the maximum allowable amount – £2,880 for repairs and insurance, £2,880 for services, £897.65 for cleaning, £1,640 for phones and £1,810 for utilities. Brown, however, has pointed out that he saved the taxpayer a considerable amount of money by turning down a Government car and driver upon being made Chief Whip, the annual cost of which would have been around £100,000.[6]

On 29 January 2010, during the News of the World phone hacking affair, Brown revealed that his landline may have been bugged in an "amateurish attempt" in 1998, around the time of his outing.[7] He was also contacted by police in the West of England in 2003 who told him that they were pursuing a phone-tapping prosecution and he was one of those who may have been targeted. The case collapsed when it reached court and full details of the allegations were never disclosed. Brown said that "Given that it was near [Prince Charles' home] Highgrove, my assumption was that this might involve the Royal Family. But I was never explicitly told that."[7]

On 29 September 2010, newly elected Labour Party leader Ed Miliband asked Brown not to stand for re-election as Opposition Chief Whip due to the need for a "break from the past".[8]

Personal Life[edit]

In 2001 he was granted the freedom of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, on the same day as Alan Shearer.[1] Brown is a supporter of the British Humanist Association.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council/lord-mayor/honorary-freedom-citations#nbrownmp
  2. ^ "Number 10 Press release". Number10.gov.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  3. ^ "Nicholas Brown - Parliamentary candidates". Ukpolitics.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  4. ^ "Gay minister speaks out". BBC News. 1998-11-08. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  5. ^ Rayner, Gordon; Swaine, Jon (19 May 2009). "MPs' expenses: Nick Brown claims £18,800 for food without receipts". The Telegraph (London). 
  6. ^ Green, William (2009-05-12). "MPs' expenses: North East Minister opens up". Evening Chronicle (Newcastle upon Tyne). Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  7. ^ a b Milmo, Cahal (2011-01-29). "My landline was bugged as papers tried to 'out' me, says Nick Brown". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2011-01-29. 
  8. ^ "Ed Miliband asks chief whip Nick Brown to step aside". BBC News. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mike Thomas
Member of Parliament
for Newcastle upon Tyne East
Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend (19972010)

1983–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret Beckett
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
Acting

1994
Succeeded by
Margaret Beckett
Preceded by
Alastair Goodlad
Government Chief Whip of the House of Commons
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Ann Taylor
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
1997–1998
Preceded by
Jack Cunningham
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Margaret Beckett
as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
New office Minister of State for Work
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Des Browne
Preceded by
Bob Ainsworth
Government Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2007—2008
Succeeded by
Tommy McAvoy
Treasurer of the Household
2007—2008
New office Minister for the North East
2007–2010
Position abolished
Preceded by
Geoff Hoon
Government Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Patrick McLoughlin
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
2008–2010
Preceded by
Patrick McLoughlin
Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2010
Succeeded by
Rosie Winterton
Party political offices
Preceded by
Donald Dewar
Labour Chief Whip of the House of Commons
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Ann Taylor
Preceded by
Bob Ainsworth
Labour Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2007—2008
Succeeded by
Tommy McAvoy
Preceded by
Geoff Hoon
Labour Chief Whip of the House of Commons
2008—2010
Succeeded by
Rosie Winterton

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:36:56 -0700

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A: Nick Brown 3 pass from DeVontae' Burse (kick failed), 10:08. L: Breion Randle 50 pass from Darrion Glover (Anthony Smith run), 6:16. A: Jordan Siegel 30 pass from DeVontae' Burse (John Rolwes kick), 2:47. Fourth Quarter. A: safety, 7:09. Copyright ...

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It was one of three on the day for River Dell as Nick Sirico picked off Regalbuto in the second quarter and senior Nick Brown intercepted Regalbuto to solidify the victory. Next: River Dell will travel to Ramsey while Paramus travels to Lakeland. Both ...
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