Lynne Featherstone

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Primary schools in Haringey to receive £16.8 million boost  

Lynne Featherstone MP with two school children in the Sensory Garden at St Paul’s Primary School in HaringeyPrimary schools in Haringey are set to receive an extra £16.8 million to boost achievement, the Liberal Democrats have announced.

The ‘pupil premium’ funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues. The money is targeted at schools with higher numbers of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Schools in Haringey have benefitted from the extra money since the Pupil Premium was introduced by the Lib Dems in Government in 2011. Locally, it has been used to fund extra staff members and after school clubs, and to subsidise school trips for poorer pupils.

Evidence shows raising the attainment of pupils by the end of primary schools has a direct impact on future exam results.

Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“Every child should be able to reach their full potential, whatever their background.

“The pupil premium will get extra money to schools in Haringey, targeted at the children who need it most.  Liberal Democrats are determined that teachers have the resources they need to give all pupils the best possible start in life, regardless of their background.

“Teachers in Haringey do a great job, and I can’t wait to see how they use this additional funding to help all our children and young people succeed.”

 

Mon 24 November 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Secretary of State addresses packed public meeting in Muswell Hill

Ed Davey and Lynne Featherstone address the packed public meeting on green issues.Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, answered questions at a packed public meeting on Wednesday night, at the Birchwood Centre in Muswell Hill.

The meeting, organised by local Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, gave local residents the chance to discuss environmental issues and green policy.

Residents raised concerns and questions about fracking, renewable energy, consumerism, progress on international climate agreements, and more.

The Secretary of State responded to the questions, and spoke about the Lib Dem record of delivery on green issues during this Government, including: the creation of 200,000 new green jobs by investing in renewable energy; doubling the amount of electricity generated from offshore wind; and planting 1 million new trees in England.

The Liberal Democrat manifesto for the 2015 election will include plans for five new green laws to protect the environment – including legal targets for clean air and water, an end to dirty coal power stations and an ambitious decarbonisation target for the electricity sector.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“It was great to see so many local residents at the meeting and interested in green issues. I’d also like to thank the Secretary of State, Ed Davey, for updating us on all the work he’s doing to push the green agenda in Government

“As can be seen from our record of delivery, and the five ‘green laws’ in our next manifesto, the Liberal Democrats are the only major party that is putting climate change at the top of the agenda. Indeed – we were the first party to talk about climate change in Parliament – back in the 1980s when the environment was an unpopular issue.

“I hope to hold further public meetings with ministers, and will keep local residents updated when dates are set.”

One local resident tweeted:

“Excited! Climate change is taken seriously by @lfeatherstone @EdwardDaveyMP at the public meeting in Muswell Hill!”

Fri 21 November 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP joins calls for £1.5 billion extra NHS funding

Lynne Featherstone and the Haringey Lib Dems celebrate a £7.6 million funding victoryLiberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone,who is already campaigning for fairer health funding for Haringey, has joined her colleagues in calling on the Government to urgently commit up to £1.5bn extra for the NHS.

This was backed by Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb, who has led the call on the Government to free up extra cash for the NHS in the upcoming Autumn Statement.

The Liberal Democrats want some of the extra funding to focus on improving mental health care particularly for children and young people, a key priority for the party.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“People in Haringey know how vital NHS services are to local residents. This is why I’ve been campaigning for fairer health funding for our hospitals, GPs and walk-in centres.And this is why I’m calling on the Government to commit up to £1.5bn extra to protect our NHS.

“We need proper funding for our NHS for the future, and to provide better care, both for physical and mental health. And this needs to start straight away.

“Securing extra money for the NHS must be a high priority for the whole Government in next month’s Autumn Statement. And the Lib Dems want at least an extra billion pounds put in to the NHS every year in the next Parliament too.”

Thu 20 November 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone call for urgent improvements to local rail services

Lynne Featherstone has contacted local rail service providers, Govia, following weeks of disruptions on the Thameslink & Great Northern route.

Trains to and from Bowes Park, Alexandra Palace, Hornsey and Finsbury Park station have been delayed and sometimes cancelled, causing overcrowding, inconvenience, and frustration for commuters and other rail users.

Govia have agreed to meet with the Liberal Democrat MP to discuss the concerns in more detail. They have also provided the MP with a response, saying that over-running engineering works have adversely impacted on their ability to run a good service – and that they have challenged Network Rail on the management of their weekend engineering.

Govia are also consulting on the changes they intend to make to services – including plans to extend operating hours at Moorgate, to allow services to operate there later in the evening and at weekends.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

Delays and overcrowding are incredibly inconvenient for commuters and other rail users. Alternative travel arrangements can also be costly, and few of us have the time to spare.

“That’s why I contacted Govia last week, and made it clear that the continued delays and cancellations are unacceptable. I’m glad to hear that they are working with Network Rail to prevent further problems.

“I really hoped that services would improve when Govia took over from First Capital Connect – and I will continue to push them until things get better!”

Wed 19 November 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Alternative local collection point for Hornsey refused by Royal Mail

Lynne Featherstone MP, Cllr Richard Wilson and Cllr David Schmitz outside Hornsey Sorting Office with petition slips.Lynne Featherstone MP last week met with Royal Mail, to present the complaints received by residents following the closure of Hornsey Sorting Office.

Royal Mail closed the office – which was also a parcel collection point – in September, despite a campaign led by Lynne Featherstone MP, which had the support of over 1000 local residents. The new Royal Mail sorting office and collection point is located in N19.

Following the closure, Royal Mail promised the local MP and local residents that a new free re-delivery service would start, which would mean residents would still receive parcels without having to pay extra, or travel to N19 to pick it up.

However, residents are not satisfied with the replacement service, with dozens reporting delays and errors with the service.

During the meeting, Royal Mail refused the request to install a free, local collection point – but they did commit to investigating all the complaints and acting on them to improve the service they provide.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“The closure of the local sorting office was a huge blow. Residents and I worked together for two years to hold off the closure, but eventually the service was relocated by Royal Mail.

“And if the complaints I’ve received by my constituents are anything to go by, the Royal Mail redelivery scheme clearly isn’t working as it’s supposed to. Residents are having to pay more for redelivery, or make the long journey to the Bush Industrial Estate to get their parcels.

“This is not convenient for elderly or disabled people, those with small children, or people with limited free time. I will forward all the complaints and keep pushing Royal Mail to improve services, particularly in run up to Christmas.”

Tue 18 November 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Almost 5,000 new apprenticeships created in Haringey since 2010

Lynne Featherstone MP and local organisation 5e at the apprenticeship eventFigures reveal that 4,830 people in Haringey have secured new apprenticeships since the Lib Dems entered Government in 2010.

This includes over 1000 people who started an apprenticeship in Haringey in the last 12 months.

Liberal Democrats in Government have led the apprentice drive and are on course to deliver two million apprenticeships in Britain by the end of this parliament.

Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone holds an annual apprenticeship event in Haringey. This year, over 100 young people came through the doors to meet companies and find out more about apprenticeships.

Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone said:

“All young people should have an opportunity to get on in life, and apprenticeships are a great way to deliver that. During an apprenticeship, young people get paid to learn new skills, get a qualification, and make contacts in an industry.

“That’s why I hold an annual apprenticeship event, to give young people the chance to meet local and national organisations who are offering these opportunities.

“I’m so pleased to see that almost 5000 young people in Haringey have started an apprenticeship since 2010. It’s no wonder youth unemployment in my constituency has halved since 2010.

“Delivering on apprenticeships helps build the stronger economy and fairer society Britain needs.”

Fri 14 November 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP visits local secondary school

Lynne Featherstone MP with the Woodside High school children, and the picture they presented her. Lynne Featherstone MP recently visited a local secondary school, Woodside High, to meet with newly elected school council members in year 7 and attend a Q&A.

The students had the chance to ask their local MP a variety of questions about her political career and the work she is doing locally and in Government.   They also discussed the importance of education, and the experience of starting at a new school.

This Liberal Democrats in Government have introduced measures like the ‘Pupil Premium’ to help schools. The £2.5 billion fund puts more money in schools, targeted at pupils who need the most help. This fund has given Haringey schools an extra £13.1 million this year.

At the end of the visit, the children presented the Lib Dem MP with a gift to thank her for coming.

After the visit, Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“It was a pleasure to visit Woodside High and see how the new intake of children are getting on.

“I always enjoy visiting local schools in my constituency. It was great to see how engaged the children were with politics and how well they are settling into such a wonderful school.”

Wed 12 November 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Energy Secretary Ed Davey to attend local public meeting

Lynne Featherstone MP and the Haringey Liberal Democrats have organised a local public meeting with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP.

The meeting will taking place on Wednesday 19th November, from 7pm onwards at the Birchwood Centre, 171 Fortis Green Road, London N10 3BG.

At the meeting, residents will have the chance to question the Lib Dem Secretary of State and put forward ideas about future policy on green issues.

In Government, the Liberal Democrats have already secured:

  • A commitment to halving UK greenhouse gases by 2025.
  • 200,000 new green jobs by investing in renewable energy. We have already doubled the amount of electricity generated from offshore wind.
  • 1 million new trees in England, as part of the first government tree planting programme since the 1970s.
  • A 5p plastic bag charge to help clean up our environment and protect Britain’s natural habitat.

Lynne Featherstone commented:

“Protecting our environment for future generations is essential. It’s also important to raise awareness of green issues, and discuss the ways we can best tackle threats like climate change.

“That’s why I am holding a public meeting in our local area, with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP.

“The Lib Dems have made huge progress on green issues in Government, but there is plenty of work still to be done. If you want to ask the Secretary of State any questions, or put forward ideas about how to strengthen Government policy on the environment – please do join us.”

Wed 12 November 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP hosts further local FGM Roundtable

Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development, speaking at the United Nations Commission on the Status of WomenLynne Featherstone MP last week hosted a second local roundtable to discuss tackling FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) in Haringey, and to plan a conference to raise awareness of the unacceptable practice across North London.

FGM is prevalent in countries like Somalia and Egypt, but also affects girls in the UK.  Most commonly, young girls are sent abroad to be ‘cut.’  It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM.

Representatives from local health services, schools, police, community organisations and safeguarding teams attended the roundtable, and agreed that a more integrated approach to tackling and preventing FGM was desirable.

The Liberal Democrat MP and other participants will hold a conference in Haringey early next year, which will bring professionals and community groups together to discuss how to raise awareness of FGM, and prevent it happening by working together.

Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“FGM is not just a problem for other countries. Girls in Haringey and in London are at risk of this unacceptable practice, and as the local MP, I want to make sure the organisations in Haringey are doing all we can to help protect them.

“That’s why I am arranging a conference on tackling FGM in North London – in partnership with local schools, health services, safeguarding teams, police, community groups, FGM survivors and more.

“As International Development minister, I launched a £35 million international programme to help end FGM within a generation. With help from survivors, the media and others, tackling and preventing FGM is now at the top of the agenda.

“I have now been promoted to Minister of State in the Home Office. Here, I look forward to working more on the prevention of FGM, and tackling other forms of violence against women, in our country.”

Fri 7 November 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP wins ‘Politician of the Year’ award

Lynne Featherstone MP on the pride marchHornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone has won Stonewall’s ‘Politician of the Year’ award.

The award, which was won jointly with Lord Cashman, recognised Lynne Featherstone’s work on LGBT rights both at home and abroad.

During her first spell in the Home Office, the Liberal Democrat MP was the architect of the Equal Marriage legislation, which has since become law. In the Department for International Development, Lynne worked to improve the rights of LGBT+ communities in the developing world.

In the last two weeks, Lynne Featherstone MP has also won the Pink News award for ‘Ally of the Year’; been nominated for the Patchwork Award for ‘MP of the Year’; and been promoted to Minister of State in the Home Office.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“I am so very moved to win Stonewall’s award for politician of the year.

“Bringing about positive social change is one of the best parts of being a politician. I’m so glad to have had that opportunity – and introducing same sex marriage is certainly one of the best things I’ll ever do!

“I will of course continue to champion the rights of the LGBT+ community, along with fantastic activists and organisations, such as Stonewall.”

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