Lynne Featherstone

MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

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Happy birthday Susan

I don’t often post anything personal – but last night I went to the 40th birthday party of Cllr Susie Oatway (Lib Dem, Alexandra ward). And I just wanted to pay a little public tribute to the work that Susie has put into Haringey over the last decade and still does.

I was handing out leaflets at Bounds Green Station during the ’97 election when I first ran for Parliament. A young women took a leaflet and went on into the station – reappearing a moment or two later to say that she had been active in the Lib Dems at college and was thinking about contacting her local Lib Dems. So I took her number – and the rest, as they say, is history.

I am not sure whether people (outside politics) generally realise the amount of sheer hard work that goes on in terms of year in year out campaigning, socials, fund-raising etc – and so I just wanted to sing Susie’s praises for working so tirelessly year in year out – and playing a large part in the fact that I am the MP today and that we have gone from 0 Lib Dem councillors in Haringey in 1997 to 27 today. It is the team – not the individual. A very happy birthday Susie!

Sun 6 May 2007
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  1. Duncan Borrowman says:

    Over the years I have come across Susan many times (often alongside you Lynne) she has been a backbone for Haringey Lib Dems.

    Apologies for not turning up to your action day today – but all trains on my line and neighbouring line cancelled this weekend – I did get into town for an event at 3pm. Lat night I got home at nearly 3am having to take a night bus.

    Now what would happen to public transport if Ken Livingstone, or even a few GLA members lived in my part of London?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Duncan: And gis us a vote, Haringey Lib Dems – place at #1…

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