Ronald Brown (English politician)

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Ronald William Brown (7 September 1921 – 27 July 2002) was a British Labour Party politician. He was the younger brother of George Brown, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1960 to 1970.

Brown was educated in South London and at Borough Polytechnic. He served as a councillor on Camberwell Borough Council and was leader of the council. He was the first leader of the London Borough of Southwark from 1964, on which he served as an alderman.

Brown was first elected as Member of Parliament for Shoreditch and Finsbury in 1964. In 1966 he was challenged for his seat by the 1930s fascist Oswald Mosley, who had been interned without trial during the Second World War. Following boundary changes in 1974 he was elected for Hackney South and Shoreditch. After 1979 he was sometimes confused with the new Scottish Labour MP Ron Brown.

In 1981, Brown was among a number of Labour MPs who defected to the Social Democratic Party (UK) (his brother also indicated his support and later joined). He lost his seat in 1983, polling 18% of the vote behind the Labour candidate Brian Sedgemore (who defected to the Liberal Democrats himself in 2005).

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Cliffe
Member of Parliament for Shoreditch and Finsbury
1964February 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Hackney South and Shoreditch
February 19741983
Succeeded by
Brian Sedgemore