Brynmor John

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Brynmor John
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
In office
8 December 1980 – 24 November 1981
LeaderMichael Foot
Preceded byWilliam Rodgers
Succeeded byJohn Silkin
Member of Parliament
for Pontypridd
In office
18 June 1970 – 13 December 1988
Preceded byArthur Pearson
Succeeded byKim Howells
Personal details
Born(1934-04-18)18 April 1934
Died13 December 1988(1988-12-13) (aged 54)
London, England, UK
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity College London

Brynmor Thomas John (18 April 1934 – 13 December 1988) was a British Labour politician.

John was Member of Parliament for Pontypridd in South Wales from 1970 until his death. During the Labour government of 1974 to 1979, he was a junior Defence minister for the Royal Air Force (RAF) (1974–1976), a Home Office minister (1976–1979) and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence (1980–1981).

The circumstances of his later life and premature death are cited by physicians who believe the extensive evidence for the biological etiology of chronic fatigue syndrome. Brynmor John had been diagnosed with the illness, and died suddenly immediately after exiting the House of Commons gym. He had been following an exercise regime based on what is argued to be unfounded and unethical medical advice: that sufferers may exercise their way toward a cure for the illness.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Hooper, Malcolm; Williams, Margaret (Spring 2010). "Magical Medicine: How to make a disease disappear" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Parliamentary business". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 1999-05-12. col. 270.
  3. ^ Twisk, F. N.; Maes, M. (2009). "A review on cognitive behavorial therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) in myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) / chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS): CBT/GET is not only ineffective and not evidence-based, but also potentially harmful for many patients with ME/CFS". Neuro Endocrinol Letters. 30 (3): 284–299. PMID 19855350.


  • Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1987 and 1992 editions.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Arthur Pearson
Member of Parliament
for Pontypridd

Succeeded by
Kim Howells
Political offices
Preceded by
William Rodgers
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Succeeded by
John Silkin