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MP for Clacton
Joined: 12 months ago
Posts: 38
17/07/2019 7:48 pm  

Name: The Rev. Dr. Edwin Brown, D.D.

Age: 35 (Born February 26th, 1981)

Race/Gender: Caucasian Male

Sexuality: Undeclared "Confirmed Bachelor" (It is considered an open secret that Edwin is gay)

Religion: Anglican [Identifies as Anglo-Catholic]

Relationship Status: Single

Constituency: Clacton

Place of Birth: St. Osyth, Essex, UK

Place of Residence: Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, UK

Father: Sir Peter Brown, 10th Baronet Brown of St. Osylth [Edwin is 4th in line to inherit the Baronetcy]

Mother: Lady Latrice Brown

Google Sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18jUmoEULoEjxB--LV3LWAeRw4VWN_7g2LckOJRIl0Oo/edit#gid=0

Educational Background:

Eton College (1994-1999)

Trinity College, Oxford University: Graduate Degree in Theology [Later obtained Postgraduate degree]

Professional Background:

Church of England Seminarian (1999-2002)

Curate, St. Anselm’s, London (2002-2003)

Royal Navy Chaplain, Commissioned a Lieutenant, assigned to HMS Monmoth (2003)

Re-Assigned to HMS Ark Royal (2005)

Promoted to Lt. Commander (2008)

Retired from the Royal Navy (2009)

Rector, St. James the Great, Colchester (2009-2014)

Member of Parliament, Clacton (2014-Present)

Priest in Residence, St. Mark’s London (2014- Present)

Strengths and Weaknesses:

+ Intelligent

+ Articulate

+ Adroit

+ Authentic/Honest [Sometimes to a fault]

+ Witty

- Alcoholic (not [yet] public knowledge)

- Blunt

- Politically Inexperienced

- Incorrigible

Extended Biography:

Edwin is the 3rd son of Sir Peter and Lady Latrice, a relatively well-off upper class aristocratic couple. Like all of his brothers, Edwin was brought up with the expectation of engaging in some public service. From a young age, Edwin displayed his characteristic wit and charm--but also exhibited his trademark independence and honesty, often to a fault. It quickly became clear that while Edwin was destined to some sort of career in public service that his parents had hoped for all of their children, he would forge his own path in doing so. Rejecting his father’s insistence that he should study law, Edwin instead took a keen interest in Theology and became an active participant at a local Etonian parish during his studies at Eton. 

At Eton, Edwin quickly developed a reputation as an intelligent chap who managed to find himself in all sorts of trouble, largely due to his sharp wit and commitment to being “himself”--no matter the costs. Despite initial difficulties in settling in to the Etonian lifestyle, he eventually established himself as the lovable eccentric whose incongruous tendencies became generally regarded as something quaint and interesting at the commonly cookie cutter college. Around this time period, Edwin also began to come to grips with his sexuality as he began to understand that he didn’t like girls in the way his peers did. After battling an intense period of depression while trying to reconcile his sexuality with his conservative religious beliefs, Edwin finally arrived at an “uneasy peace” between his sexuality and his religion and through this discernment felt a calling to the priesthood. Despite this “uneasy peace”, Edwin decided against coming out to anyone and held the fact that he was gay as a secret he intended (at that time) to take the grave.

Upon his graduation, Edwin was accepted as a Seminarian in the Church of England and attended the prestigious Trinity College at Oxford. At Trinity College, Edwin spent extensive time writing papers on Eschatology and Aquinian Metaphysics that gained traction in several Theological peer-reviewed journals and ultimately resulted in his bishop asking Edwin to obtain his Doctorate of Divinity which he successfully obtained. After obtaining his DD, Edwin was assigned as a Curate at St. Anselm’s parish in London.

It was there in London that he found his passion for ministry--his passion for helping those who were going through struggles of all sorts. Breaking out of his sheltered "shell" he came face to face with many of the problems that he had only read about or heard in passing, and interacted with people with all sorts of struggles on a daily basis. He also saw how the many Government programs meant to help these people were failing and being mismanaged by bureaucrats--and that all too often the Government wanted to write a check to make themselves feel better in "trying to deal with the problem" without getting their hands dirty in the local communities. He also met several powerful community leaders who seemed to have many of the answers to the problems that faced the city--but had hardly any funding.

While he continued his ministry, this experience invigorated him to consider running for public office someday and formed his political views into creating a compassionate conservative society that was less driven by Government and more by people working through communities.

In the aftermath of 9/11 and after a year of escalating involvement in the War on Terror by the UK Armed Forces, Edwin felt a strong desire to join the military as a Chaplain to do his part to help those who had followed a call to service and needed support. He successfully petitioned his bishop to begin the process of transitioning into military chaplaincy, and was commissioned as a Chaplain in the Royal Navy.

While he lamented the fact that he was not able to remain in a traditional parish assignment so soon after seminary, he found a great deal of satisfaction from the pastoral work he was able to do in the Royal Navy. It was also during this assignment that he came to understand the depth of the problems within the military of those struggling with PTSD. He found that chaplains like himself were one of the few people that service members could turn to who were struggling with PTSD as so many of them were afraid that if they went to the military shrink, they'd be set on a path to a medical discharge, and feared they'd be unable to cope in the civilian world. He found that most of his service was psychological rather religious in nature--a fact that often troubled him.

After serving for several years in the Royal Navy, Edwin felt a call to return back to Parish ministry and accepted a call to serve as Rector of St. James the Great, a traditional Anglo-Catholic Parish in Colchester. During his tenure as Rector, Edwin helped revitalize the Parish’s public outreach programs opening up a regular soup kitchen and worked with several other religious charity organizations in the wider Tendering area to help coordinate resources to provide better services to the community. His frustration with the local council’s inability to properly address these services reinforced his earlier negative encounters with the bureaucracy of Government and strengthened his belief that private charity was more effective than Government programs in addressing social ills.

Despite successes at St. James the Great, his tenure was filled with controversy. Edwin was the first rector at St. James who openly approved of the ordination of women to the priesthood and even as bishops. He also frequently invited female clergy to participate in Masses prompting some of the parish’s more conservative members to leave. Edwin’s work in coordinating the resources of various religious charities also prompted scandal when it was revealed that Edwin was pooling resources with an Islamic charity. True to himself, Edwin issued a scathing rebuke of the naysayers from the pulpit causing several of the parish’s Vestry members to write to the Bishop with their objections.

Edwin’s relationship with the Bishop of Chelmsford was always fraught with difficulty, primarily due to the Bishop’s extremely evangelical and left-wing theology. While Edwin and the Bishop agreed on issues such as same-sex marriage and women priests/bishops, the two clashed over issues of Theological Orthodoxy. Edwin condemned the remarks of his Bishop when he referred to the resurrection of Christ as a “metaphorical event” and submitted a scathing public rebuke of the Bishop for “articulating beliefs denying a core tenant of Christian faith” to the local paper. His remarks quickly gained the attention of the national press and sparked a national debate within the Church of England about whether or not Bishops should be ordained who did not believe in the literal resurrection. Seeing this opportunity, Edwin began to speak out more publicly and even traveled the country speaking to various groups of “concerned vestries” about the need to reform the process of how Bishops are recommended by the Crown Nominations Commission to the Prime Minister to ensure that all nominees agree with what is contained within the Nicene Creed, including the literal bodily resurrection of Christ. 

Edwin’s campaign quickly elevated his profile within Conservative circles--and also earned him the ire of his Bishop who was none to pleased with his antics. Following a petition from the Vestry of St. James the Great to have Edwin removed as Rector of the parish after holding a joint charity event with an Islamic charity group, the normally liberal minded bishop granted their request hoping to get Edwin out of his diocese. Edwin took this setback as a sign of his calling to politics, and after discussions with his local Conservative party chairman, Edwin placed his name forward for selection. While the local Conservative party wasn’t quite sure what to do with his rather vocal support for same-sex marriage, his outspoken support for many Conservative policies taken with his visible crusade for more “Orthodox Bishops” made him an ideal candidate for the constituency. After his selection as the Conservative party candidate, Edwin’s door-to-door campaign that focused heavily on local issues helped him carry the day and he was elected during the 2014 General Election. 

Since his election, Edwin has continued his focus on local issues by hosting weekly surgeries all over the constituency. Edwin has also adopted an “open door to anything” approach encouraging his constituents to contact him over any issue where an MP can help, no matter how small. This has endeared him largely with his constituents, but has rather annoyed the local council when Edwin calls up to remind them about lampposts that need painting, to report potholes that need to be fixed, etc. 

In Parliament, Edwin has established a reputation of being an independent minded chap. To say he is “moderate” is not quite correct. Edwin holds deep convictions on both extremes of the political spectrum. On one hand, he strongly and rather vocally supports same-sex marriage and LGBT+ rights, and also supports decriminalizing drug possession and even legalizing Marijuana. On the other hand, he is a strong Euroskeptic who believes that the United Kingdom should leave the EU, supports lowering taxes and having minimal Government regulation of businesses, and has a commitment to fiscal conservatism that few in the party can match. Edwin’s commitment to his principles no matter the cost has earned him a mix of admiration and condemnation from the party in the past--and several heated encounters with the whips. 

Outside of Parliament, Edwin serves as a Priest in Residence at St. Mark’s parish in London. In exchange for free housing in the rectory, Edwin occasionally presides over Eucharists and always does his best to lead evensong on evenings when he is free, including Solumn Choral Evensong followed by the Benediction & Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Sunday evenings. While deferring to the Speaker’s Chaplain, he occasionally provides pastoral support to his fellow MPs. Edwin does not wear his clericals while attending Parliamentary proceedings (except when rushing off to vote in an unexpected division), but does wear a small pectoral cross at all times. Outside of Parliament and when not on the campaign trail, Edwin generally wears a traditional Roman cassock commonly worn by Anglo-Catholic clergy.

Quotes from Edwin will be posted in the post below and occasionally updated.

 

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Edwin Brown
Conservative MP for Clacton (2014-Present)
Shadow Minister for Business, Infrastructure, and Transport
Parliamentary Experience: Unknown (16)
Media Experience: Unknown (13)
Policy Experience: Unknown(6)
Extended Bio: https://tinyurl.com/y25geeqc


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17/07/2019 7:49 pm  

If you're looking for Edwin's bio, please see the post above

Quotes from Edwin (Here you can get a general sense of Edwin’s position on issues as well as his personality):

“I have nothing against female or homosexual bishops. The latter rather represents a majority of Bishops in our Church’s history, I daresay. I do have an objection to Bishops who don’t believe in God or reject the bodily resurrection of Christ. These are opinions that are fine to have as an ordinary citizen, but not as a Bishop in the Church of England. We snicker all the time about how Bishops who don’t believe in God are the only sort appointed--but it’s a real problem. It makes no more sense than appointing a climate change denier as head of a commission on climate change or someone who believes you shouldn’t use technology as your IT director. Why then should we be allowing the appointment of atheists and those who don’t believe in the central tenants of the Christian faith as Bishops?”

[On being asked about his sexuality by reporters or persons of any gender] “I’m quite flattered you’ve expressed an interest, but I’m afraid I’m much too busy to entertain dinner dates at the moment.”

[On being asked if he condemned Nigel Farage’s speech liking the appearance of then EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy to a ‘Low Grade Bank Clerk’] “I categorically condemn it. Mr. Farage should offer an immediate and unreserved apology to bank clerks. The comparison is most insulting to hard working clerks and beneath Mr. Farage’s dignity.”

[On a news panel talking about “political correctness”] “I take issue with the term ‘Social Justice Warrior’ as if to suggest one should not always be a warrior for social justice. It is our human duty to fight for social justice at home and abroad. Too often I find this term is used to refer to people who enjoy finding anything and everything to take offense at to avoid talking about the more difficult issues and to feel morally superior rather than truly fight for social justice.”

“The fundamental problem with the EU is that it has every interest in becoming a United States of Europe without any accountability to the people. Over the past decade the EU has taken on greater and greater power but is still largely unaccountable to the greater electorate.The only body of the EU that is elected by the people has the least amount of power. It’s one of the only legislatures in the world that I can think of that can’t initiate its own legislation--a power which, of course, is vested in the almighty unelected EU commission made up of the familiar sort of Brussels Bureaucrats. The EU is not interested in reforming itself--so let’s abandon any false notion that the EU can be reformed. Our only option is to leave.”

“Of course women should be able to serve in combat roles. If you think our women in the armed forces can’t kick ass, you’ve clearly never served in the military.”

“Trident is an unfortunate necessity in our modern world as a deterrent against those who would harm our great Kingdom. I wish we lived in a world where we could discard Trident and know that our Kingdom would be all the safer for it--but this is not the reality. Nations like Iran and North Korea aren’t going to abandon their nuclear ambitions, get into the drum circle with us, and sing kumbaya. We have to accept this reality.”

[More quotes to be added later on other issues]

Edwin Brown
Conservative MP for Clacton (2014-Present)
Shadow Minister for Business, Infrastructure, and Transport
Parliamentary Experience: Unknown (16)
Media Experience: Unknown (13)
Policy Experience: Unknown(6)
Extended Bio: https://tinyurl.com/y25geeqc


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