Mr Harry Cohen - Standards and Privileges Committee Contents

4.  Extracts from website, 29 March 2009

Harry Cohen, Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead, House of Commons, London, UK

Welcome to my website.

PLEASE NOTE: This website is currently undergoing refurbishment and will be re-launched soon. Feel free to have a browse but remember some of the items are awaiting updating!

Its purpose is to provide you with an introduction to me and my work as an MP. I have had over 23 successful years working for Labour and my constituents, and remain active locally, in Parliament and internationally.

I am an elected member of the UK Parliament. I live in my Leyton and Wanstead constituency and care about bringing advances for my community.

It's not all work, work, work (although to Harry and his wife it sometimes seems that way). Though Harry has been kept busy, he still just about manages to have a life outside of politics. Harry is a family man with grandchildren. He enjoys living in Leyton with Ellen, his wife of over 28 years, and their three cats and Jack Russell called Rosa, named after the German Socialist Rosa Luxemburg. Harry sponsors Solomon, a young boy in Ghana via the Christian charity World Vision, and they regularly keep in contact by mail. Ellen sponsors Gita, a young Bangladeshi girl, via the same charity.

With the rest of his time he likes to take in films—with a friend and former neighbour he has formed "the French Film Club"—and read books. He likes to listen to world music, pop music and some classical music - he likes Shostakovich. He would like to have more time to see a bit more horseracing as he likes a bet or two. He used to jointly own, with neighbouring MP Neil Gerrard, a racing greyhound. After winning thirteen races she has been retired to a good family home. Harry enjoys football on the tele or at the Brisbane Road stadium supporting Leyton Orient. He likes real ale and Hoegaarden white beer, and the occasional Friday evening in The Essex. It's like an afro-caribbean party there. Harry also spends weekends with Ellen and Rosa in their static caravan at St. Lawrence Bay near Bradwell on Sea. He enjoys and benefits from regular Art therapy. He is a founder member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dance. Of course Harry is also always interested in news and current affairs.

29 March 2009

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