MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Lynne Featherstone today sent a final email to residents in Hornsey and Wood Green, thanking them for giving her the opportunity to represent them.
Lynne was first elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor in Muswell Hill in 1998, and to the London Assembly in 2000. She overturned a 26,000 Labour majority to become the Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green in 2005.
Over the last 10 years, Lynne has been consistently recognised as one of the most responsive MPs, despite having one of the highest caseloads in the country. She worked with residents to protect local services like the Whittington A&E, and led successful campaigns to secure fairer funding for Haringey’s schools and health services.
As a minister over the last five years, Lynne Featherstone was the architect and originator of Equal Marriage, and launched the £35 million campaign to end FGM within a generation.
In her email to residents, Lynne Featherstone said:
“This will be my last email to you all.
And I just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for our relationship over the last ten years whilst I was your MP.
It has been an honour and a privilege to serve – both locally and nationally. I have had the opportunity to help people and to change the world a little bit for the better – the very reason I went into politics in the first place.
I know how hard it was for my left leaning constituents – because many of you told me on the doorstep – to decide between keeping me and your genuine fear that if you voted for me that we would get a Conservative government. Ironically we have one anyway.
And I know from my right leaning constituents how they feared a Labour government – so voted for me to try and have one less Labour seat.
I would ask one last favour of you – to watch Nick Clegg’s resignation speech if you have not seen it already. It says everything I think – much better than I can.
Over 7000 people have joined the Liberal Democrats since polling day – and I believe that is because there is a realisation that politics without a liberal voice is the poorer.
Again – thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve.”
The Labour candidate in Hornsey and Wood Green has resorted to desperate smears against the Liberal Democrat candidate, Lynne Featherstone – and is now facing possible legal action.
The letter to residents contained the false statement: “Lynne Featherstone…was even a minister in the Home Office when the disgraceful “Go Home” vans were sent out.”
At the time the vans went out (July 2013), Lynne Featherstone was in the Department for International Development, kick-starting the campaign to end FGM and fighting to protect the aid budget. Lynne Featherstone was a minister at DFID from September 2012 – November 2014.
Labour have been advised to immediately cease delivering the letters, and issue a retraction to all residents who’ve received the letter.
Failure to issue the retraction will lead to the matter being reported to the police – which would throw Labour’s campaign in Hornsey and Wood Green into turmoil.
In a statement to residents, Lynne Featherstone commented:
“Today, many residents received a letter from the Labour party – which contains false information.
“In it they say I was the Home Office minister at the time of the ‘go home’ vans. This is not true.
“My team and I are very upset with the lies and the desperate smears, which are being sent out by the local Labour campaign.
“Just to be clear – at the time the vans went out (July 2013) I was in the Department for International Development, kick-starting the campaign to end FGM and fighting to protect the aid budget. Had I been in the Home Office at this time – those awful vans would not have happened.
“As you know, I have been running a unity campaign here in Haringey, and have always been relentlessly positive about the benefits of immigration.
“Contrast this to Labour – sending out leaflets about their ‘tough new approach to immigration’ to the most diverse parts of this constituency, pledging to freeze immigrants out of welfare for 2 years, and that ‘control on immigration’ mug.
“We’re so upset by the lies, that we’ve decided we have to take action. I don’t believe politics and elections should be conducted like this. That’s why we’ve asked Labour to stop delivering the letter and issue a retraction to everyone who received it.”
The Haringey Indepedent asked me to outline reasons why people should vote for me… Here’s my response!
“Starting with the very basic – I am local! I grew up in Haringey, went to Highgate primary, and still live in the constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green today.
“It’s so important to know the area you want to represent.
“I also have a 20 year record of working with residents and campaign groups to protect and improve our local services.
“If I had to pick the single most important campaign – it would be saving the Whittington A&E from the previous Labour Government’s closure plans. The second I got wind, I posted the information on my website (where it remains today!) and kicked off a massive campaign.
“Joining forces with local residents and campaign groups – I marched, I petitioned, I secured a debate and asked questions in Parliament, and together we were successful and Gordon Brown’s Government backed down. If we hadn’t saved it – I don’t think we’d still have a hospital.
“Nationally, I’ve fought for policies that benefit our borough. The Lib Dems in parliament have taken the lowest paid workers out of paying tax, and introduced the Pupil Premium to get extra money to schools in more disadvantaged areas.
“These measures mean that thousands of low-paid Haringey workers have be taken out of paying income tax altogether, and £13 million extra has been given to our local schools, teachers and pupils.
“In Government, I’ve used my ministerial positions to push a progressive agenda. As Equalities minister, I was the originator and architect of equal marriage. I then moved to the Department for International Development, where I announced a £35 million programme to end FGM within a generation, and protected the aid budget.
These figures follow a different constituency poll in March, which had the Liberal Democrat candidate just 1% behind her Labour opponent.
Lynne Featherstone had represented Hornsey and Wood Green for 10 years. In the last five years in Government, she was the architect and originator of Equal Marriage law, and she announced a £35 million global programme to end FGM within a generation.
The Election Forecast model combines data provided by YouGov with all publicly released national and constituency polls, historical election results, and data from the UK Census.
Lynne Featherstone commented:
“The mood on the doorstep is increasingly positive, and it’s clear that the momentum is with us. The latest Election Forecast shows we’ve edged ahead. With just one week to go – my team and I are working flat out to keep Hornsey and Wood Green liberal!
“Residents know my record. They know that – whatever the national make up – I will fight for better services for Haringey, hold Labour-run Haringey Council to account, and push a progressive agenda in Parliament and Government.”
Lynne Featherstone was today joined by Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, to put up the 500th Liberal Democrat stakeboard in Hornsey and Wood Green.
Local resident Marylyn Duncan, a resident on Middle Lane in Hornsey, was there to greet Lynne and Miriam, and watch the stakeboard go up in her garden – situated opposite the Hornsey and Wood Green Labour office.
Lynne and Miriam then went to Ducketts Common, by Turnpike Lane station, to meet local youth organisation Exposure.
Exposure were out filming for a project they’re working on locally. They discussed Lynne’s work in Government to help get young people out of gangs, and to promote self-esteem – particularly for the girls who have been involved in gangs.
Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green, commented:
“It was fantastic to be joined by Miriam on the campaign trail. The 500th board is so important – as it shows just how much support my team and I have locally. With 29 days to go until polling day – milestones like this are incredibly important.
“It was also great to introduce Miriam to one of the best local youth organisations in the Borough – Exposure. I wish them all the best for their film.”
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez commented:
“Lynne is a truly progressive voice in Parliament, fighting for equality, promoting women’s rights, and tackling FGM. Lynne is one of the hardest working local representatives, and she deserves to be re-elected!”
Once implemented, the extra cash would mean at least extra £42 million in funding for Haringey’s health services, like hospitals, G.P.s and walk-in centres.
This morning, Lib Dem Health Minister Norman Lamb called for the Conservatives and Labour to also match the Lib Dem commitment – to ensure the service is protected regardless of who is in Government.
Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green, has a strong local record on securing additional funding. Her recent local campaigns for fairer health funding secured an extra £30 million for Haringey’s health services over the last two years.
Lynne Featherstone commented:
“The Liberal Democrats are the only party who have pledged the extra £8 billion needed by our NHS by 2020 – in accordance with the advice from the Chief Executive of NHS England.
“We believe the NHS should always remain free at the point of delivery, and delivered base on need rather than ability to pay. That’s why we’re committed to giving the NHS the funding it needs to carry on providing a high quality service.
“The extra £42 million would be most welcome in Haringey – for our hard working NHS staff and patients alike. The fairer funding is making a difference, but further resources would be most welcome.
“I hope the other parties will now follow the Lib Dem lead and pledge the money the NHS needs.”
Lynne Featherstone last week joined the Autism Provision team from Heartlands High School, as part of World Autism Awareness Week.
The team held an event at Alexandra Palace, where students presented their ‘Celebrating Differences, Together’ project. Each student created a piece of artwork – in the shape of a puzzle piece – that reflected their individual strengths, interests and favourite things
The Lib Dem candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green met the students and looked at all the individual pieces of artwork.
The school – which specialises in supporting students with autistic spectrum disorder – also held an evening awareness event.
Lynne Featherstone commented:
“It’s so important to raise awareness of autism – and the many ways it can affect people’s lives. We’re so lucky in Haringey to have a school which specialises in supporting students with autism.
“I was so impressed by the creativity of the students, and the whole event put together by the team at Heartlands School. I wish them all the very best for the future!”
An extra £550 million of NHS funding has been announced by the Government to improve access to GPs, modernise GP surgeries, and improve out-of-hospital care.
Seven practices in Haringey – including the Vale Practice, Crouch Hall Road Surgery and Evergreen House Surgery – are receiving a share of the extra money.
For patients, this will mean:
The Liberal Democrats are the only party to have pledged £8 billion in extra funding for the entire NHS – in line with advice from NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone, commented:
“The extra funding is a welcome boost for our GPs, surgeries and local patients.
“Access to healthcare should be free at the point of delivery and based on need alone. That’s why this extra money to improve access to GPs and to modernise local services is so important. It should also go some way to reducing A&E traffic.
“The Lib Dems are the only party who have pledged an extra £8 billion for the NHS by 2020, so that even more vital improvements can be made to frontline services – in accordance with advice from NHS England.”
Lynne Featherstone MP on Wednesday visited the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
The specialist centre is also an independent school for children with cerebral palsy and associated impairments. Pupils come from across London and beyond. The team are currently fundraising so that they can open a new centre in Muswell Hill.
The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green was given a tour of the centre, meeting children in a number of different classes.
Some classes teach children coordination skills, where they practise balance. One of the children demonstrated how she’d recently learnt to sit, unaided, on a stall. In other classes, the children were learning cooking skills, like preparing dough.
The Lib Dem MP visited alongside former councillor David Schmitz, who is running the London Marathon on April 26th, to raise money for the centre.
Lynne Featherstone MP said:
“The visit to the Centre was very moving. You can tell that the pupils are making real progress, and that’s down to the hard work of the staff at the centre.
“With the fundraising work they’re doing – and with help from marathon runners like David Schmitz – I am confident that they’ll meet their targets.
“I wish the staff and the pupils all the best for the new centre – I look forward to visiting again when it opens.”
Health Minister Norman Lamb addressed over 50 local residents last night at a public meeting organised by local MP Lynne Featherstone.
Norman Lamb MP spoke about his work in the Department of Health to:
The Minister for Care and Support then took questions from the audience – and addressed concerns about private providers and NHS funding.
The rate of NHS privatisation has slowed drastically under the Coalition Government. In the last four years of Labour’s Government, 4.4% of the NHS was contracted out to private providers.
The Liberal Democrats are the only party who have pledged an extra £8 billion a year for our NHS by 2020, in line with what the Chief Executive of NHS England says is needed.
Lynne Featherstone MP comments:
“All of us are really proud of our NHS – and we have all benefitted from it at some point in our lives, and it absolutely must stay free at the point of delivery.
“To ensure this, the NHS needs funding. That’s why the NHS budget was exempt from cuts during this parliament, and why the Lib Dems have pledged an extra £8 billion in funding if we’re back in Government.
“It was great to have Norman here to talk about the work he’s doing on integrated care, mental health, social care and more. I hope residents enjoyed the opportunity to ask him questions directly.”