Last week, the Labour leader of Haringey Council, Claire Kober, took to the local newspapers to complain about the shortage of housing for Council tenants. She has a point. Here in Haringey there are well over 10,000 individuals and families on the waiting list for a council property – and [...]
I posted yesterday on having to beware of the amendment on opposite sex Civil Partnerships – because the proposers are no friends of Equal Marriage – which makes me uber suspicious. However, I have always wanted both same sex marriage and opposite sex civil partnerships. So my task this morning [...]
Often when I am giving a speech or attending an event, a young man or woman will sidle up to me and thank me shyly for having got equal marriage legislation put before Parliament, telling me just how much it means to him or her. The stories of how much [...]
I’m currently in Nigeria on an international ministerial visit. Below is a blog post about the Women I have met here. Throughout my trip in Nigeria so far, I have met several inspiring women leaders. But they have beaten the odds. It is a disadvantage to be a woman in [...]
The Sunday before last I had the great pleasure of going to Hillfield Park’s May Day street party! It was an action and fun packed day – featuring a tug of war, hulahoopathon and maypole dancing! I was there to present the prizes for the best pet competition. The runners [...]
With my Independent Shops Competition Finale fast approaching, I’m looking for local bands and musicians to provide live unplugged entertainment on the day. It’s taking place on 29th June in Crouch End, between 11am and 3pm in the Hornsey Town Hall Square. Please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you [...]
Here’s a blog post from Nigeria. Yesterday, I was in Kano, launching a a two year teacher support programme alongside a significant contribution from the Kano state government, which will reach all 5,335 public primary schools in the state. School means different things to different people. For Adamu, it means his [...]
Wood Green’s Banksy has dominated the news again this week. The Standard, ITV, BBC and Sky all reported that the piece will go on sale at the Film Museum in Covent Garden on the 2nd June. This was in response to the announcement on the Sincura Group website – which [...]
What fantastic news to wake up to – Alexandra Palace has been awarded an £800k grant to get its restoration plans off the ground! This will be followed by a whopping £16.8million for construction work, once the plans have been finalised. The team at Ally Pally want to transform the [...]
Here’s my most recent Ham and High Column on Policing in Haringey Policing in Haringey is undergoing major changes. This all started last year, when the Conservative Mayor of London announced that changes would be made to policing in Haringey and across the city. In the current economic climate, changes [...]
Lynne Featherstone MP has launched her 2013 Annual Survey. Liberal Democrat volunteers are currently delivering the surveys to people across the constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green. The survey asks residents for their views on local and national issues, and whether they have any problems they would like the local [...]
Local MP Lynne Featherstone has this week announced a ‘Summer Fete’ style event, to mark the end of her independent shops competition. Over the past four months, thousands of votes have been cast by local residents across three different categories: Best shop front, best customer service, and best all round [...]
Local MP Lynne Featherstone, along with Liberal Democrat Councillor David Winskill, has met with Whittington Board members to discuss their public engagement programme, and to ask for updates on their Foundation Trust application. The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green has been pushing the Board to engage fully with the [...]
Lynne Featherstone MP last week met with the Store Manager and PR Ambassador at the Sainsbury’s store in Muswell Hill. The local MP was given a tour of the store, and shown the expanding ranges of low fat, healthy and ‘free from’ food. The store also has a deli section [...]
Lynne Featherstone MP has today spoken to the Director of the Sincura Group – the company which will exhibit and possibly sell the Banksy piece ‘slave labour.’ The piece recently went missing from the wall of Turnpike Lane Poundland, sparking numerous campaigns and calls for its return. The MP for [...]
Lynne Featherstone MP has today made urgent contact with Labour-run Haringey Council, after a resident informed her of the pending closure of the Burghley Road under 5’s Community Centre. In March, the Trustee of the Centre had written to the Council, expressing a desire to return the building. He did [...]
A new £2m scheme has been launched by the Coalition Government to help boost childcare businesses and help women back into work. From yesterday, people who want to set up a nursery can apply for grants of up to £500 to help cover things like legal and insurance costs, training, [...]
Lynne Featherstone MP on Sunday attended a maypole dance and street party on Hillfield Park in Muswell Hill. This year, it included a bake off judged by Maison Blanc, a hulahoopathon, a tug of war and maypole dancing. The Liberal Democrat MP gave a short speech praising the residents and [...]
Local MP Lynne Featherstone last week visited Fatih Mosque, a branch of Suleymaniye, in Wood Green to talk to members of the congregation about local issues. The Liberal Democrat MP entered the Mosque after prayers and was given a tour of the Women’s area. Following the tour, the MP for [...]
Lynne Featherstone MP has expressed her concern as Department of Health figures revealed that measles cases In London have doubled in the last three months. The Liberal Democrat MP and the Haringey Lib Dems began making enquiries following the outbreak of measles in South Wales. In response to questions, Haringey [...]
It was a pleasure to take part and speak at the event last week. I was also very happy yesterday when the Chancellor reaffirmed our commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on overseas aid! Full story here: bit.ly/10mr3Gn
I urge everyone in Hornsey and Wood Green to take five minutes to get involved with this exciting initiative. Together we can help Cancer Research UK's doctors and scientists make huge advances in the battle against all cancers. Full story here: bit.ly/W1ShAr
It was great to visit this project, which provides a valuable community service to Haringey residents. I will certainly look into the funding options available, and I wish them the best for luck for the future. Full story here: bit.ly/WUh7ks
Following a Lib Dem campaign and over 500 local resident petition signatures, Royal Mail will continue to allow Highgate residents to collect their parcels from the Archway Road Post Office for free! Another triumph for people power and the Lib Dems in Haringey!
Lynne Featherstone: The total funding provided by the Department for International Development to WaterAid for the financial year 2011-2012 was £5.8 million. The figure for the funding allocated to WaterAid in 2012-13 will be available at the end of this financial year.
Lynne Featherstone: The UK Government do not have a bilateral aid programme in Mali, but we are the second-largest humanitarian donor, providing £13 million in 2013. We have had discussions with our EU and multilateral partners, including the UN, on the importance of co-ordinated resumption of aid.
Lynne Featherstone: As discussed with you, Mr Speaker, and as Labour Front Benchers have been advised, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is in Kuwait for an international conference on the humanitarian crisis in Syria. I hope that the House will accept her apologies for not being here to answer questions today. Our education programmes in Nigeria have already reached 1.25 million children by improving...
Lynne Featherstone: There is a serious humanitarian situation in Mali, with over 360,000 displaced people since March 2012. We do not give bilateral development aid directly to the Government of Mali, but we provide significant assistance to the region through the World Bank, EU and other multilaterals.
Lynne Featherstone: The UK is improving food security in west Africa through investment in agricultural research, innovative agribusiness, improving access to markets and supporting national food security plans. We work through country programmes in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and international organisations such as the World Bank.
Lynne Featherstone: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Sir Roger. I thank and congratulate my right hon. Friend the Member for Gordon (Sir Malcolm Bruce) on securing this important debate. I also thank him and the International Development Committee for providing a wide-ranging and thought-provoking report. Finally, I thank all those who provided evidence to the inquiry, which...
Lynne Featherstone: Thank you, Mr Bayley, for calling me to speak. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon. First, I thank the hon. Member for Mid Derbyshire (Pauline Latham) for calling a debate on such an important topic so soon after world AIDS day. I also thank hon. Members from all parties for their thoughtful and important contributions to this debate on what I still regard as one...
Lynne Featherstone: We are working internationally to secure a single set of development goals for the period after 2015. We want to build on the millennium development goals, finishing the job by eliminating poverty but also incorporating the sustainable development priorities that were agreed at Rio+20 in June.
Lynne Featherstone: Although DFID does not have a bilateral aid programme in the Gambia, the UK continues to support the Gambia through our share of contributions to multilateral organisations. The European Development Fund disbursed €27.69 million in 2011, of which €25.36 million was spent in the sector of “economic infrastructure and services”.
Hornsey & Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone wants to hear your ideas for the planned Thameslink improvements. See http://www.lynnefeatherstone.org/2012/07/your-views-on-improving-our-rail-services-locally.htm for more details.
Lynne Featherstone (elected as Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey & Wood Green in 2005) outside the shop her Aunt used to run in Wood Green, explaining her local roots and talking about the 28,000 people she has helped
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