Lynne Featherstone

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Lynne Featherstone MP holds summer street surgeries

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Lynne Featherstone MP has spent the past week giving street surgeries across Hornsey and Wood Green, where she met and discussed a wide range of issues with local residents.

During the surgeries, Lynne Featherstone spoke with residents in Muswell Hill, Hornsey and Fortis Green, offering advice and assistance on a range of concerns including housing and repairs. The local MP also discussed problems with the Labour-run Haringey Council, dumped rubbish and immigration cases with local people.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green will continue to hold street surgeries throughout next week in residential areas in order to allow locals to raise any issues or concerns with her directly.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“It has been wonderful to bring my advice surgery out onto the street. These visits are a great way for local residents to meet with me at a location convenient to them. I hope it will make it easier for people to come along and raise any issues.

“With more street surgeries next week, it will be great if as many people as possible take the opportunity to come and talk about any worries or problems they may have.”

Thu 31 July 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP supports Wood Green animal shelter

KittenLynne Featherstone MP visited Wood Green, The Animals Charity in Lordship Lane on Friday. As well as housing a rehoming centre for cats, the charity now runs as a preventative clinic, taking action to care for animals before they become unwell.

The ambitious new programme will include a range of proactive services including parasite clinics, weight management programmes, vaccinations and Pet MOT’s, as well as ‘Snip and Chips’ for Cats and Dogs.

The local MP was shown around the facility and introduced to several of the cats that are seeking to be rehomed – including a number of kittens.  Lynne was given the opportunity to hold the new-borns during the tour and was told about the centre’s need for fosterers to care for pregnant cats and orphaned or abandoned kittens.

Wood Green Chief Executive Clive Byles said:

“I am glad Lynne was able to find the time to come and see us and get an appreciation of what we do.  It was 90 years ago this year that we first opened our doors in Wood Green to help pets and their owners.

“We are proud of the difference we have made to the lives of thousands of pets and their owners and are excited about working even more closely with residents of North London to improve awareness of pets and their needs, for the benefit of the pet, their owners and the community generally.”

Lynne Featherstone commented:

“The centre has a dedicated and caring team of staff, and I was very interested to hear about the new proactive preventative care plan.  We love our animals and want them to be healthy, so making sure that they do not become ill in the first place and teaching pet owners how best to care for them is a very progressive change.

“It is great to see the work being done with cats that have been abandoned.  Finding them loving homes is paramount, as is ensuring that those who need extra care have someone to foster them.  I do hope local people who have the time and resources will be able to offer a home, either permanently or as a fosterer, to these adorable animals.”

Mon 28 July 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP to host Apprenticeship event in Haringey

Lynne Featherstone MP  with Gordon Birtwistle MP, talking to an organisation representative at the Haringey Apprenticeship eventThe MP for Hornsey and Wood Green is to host her annual apprenticeship event on the 28th August at Haringey Civic Centre, from 2-6pm.

The MP will be teaming up with JobCentre Plus in Wood Green once again to put on the event, so that Haringey youngsters can meet companies with apprenticeship vacancies, find out more about how to apply and even secure apprenticeships that will kick start their future career.

Last year, the event was attended by around 20 employers, with over 1000 opportunities between them, and over 100 young jobseekers. Following the event, companies have confirmed that they have taken on some of Haringey’s young people – with one young person being offered an apprenticeship the very next day.

There have been over 1.8 million apprenticeship starts since the start of 2010 and Liberal Democrats in Government are committed to delivering 2 million apprenticeships by the end of this Parliament.

In Lynne Featherstone’s constituency of Hornsey and Wood Green, youth unemployment has halved since 2010.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone said:

“With youth unemployment continuing to fall in Haringey, I’m pleased to be able to do my bit to bring these great opportunities to young people in Haringey and I’m really looking forward to this year’s event.

“Apprenticeships are a great way to kick start a career and combine practical training in a job with study. That means you get paid to study and learn a trade, whilst also being able to make contacts in an industry.

“If you’re a young person, a parent, looking for work, or looking to try something different, please do come along and find out more!”

Fri 25 July 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Over 700 local residents sign Lynne Featherstone MP’s Royal Mail petition  

Lynne Featherstone MP, Cllr Richard Wilson and Cllr David Schmitz outside Hornsey Sorting Office with petition slips.Over 700 local residents have signed Lynne Featherstone’s recent petition, calling on Royal Mail to rethink the closure of Hornsey Delivery Office.

The petition was launched last week, in response to Royal Mail announcing that the delivery office would close, and that services would relocate to the Bush Industrial Estate in N19.

The move means that residents would have to make longer journeys to collect undelivered parcels.

Royal Mail attempted the same move in 2012, but eventually postponed the plans indefinitely in the face of the local Lib Dem and resident campaign.

The Liberal Democrat MP will meet with Royal Mail representatives next week to present the petition, and ask for a replacement parcel collection point in the N8 area.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“The strength of feeling on this is clear. Ideally, we want the office to stay where it is and to carry on operating as normal. But at the very least, we need a place in N8 where we can collect our undelivered parcels. Many residents simply won’t be able to travel all the way to N19.

“This weekend the local Lib Dems and I will be out on the streets trying to get more signatures for the petition – the more we get, the more weight it will carry.

“I’ll present the petition to Royal Mail on Thursday, and argue strongly for a local parcel collection point to stay in N8.”

Fri 25 July 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP attends Iftar dinners in Hornsey and Wood Green

Lynne Featherstone MP speaking at the Fatih Mosque in Wood Green. Lynne Featherstone MP, along with Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Tottenham Turhan Ozen, last week visited two local Mosques for Iftar dinners – the evening meal where Muslims break their daily fast during Ramadan.

The Liberal Democrat MP gave speeches at both the Fatih Mosque in Wood Green and at the Diyanet Mosque in Hornsey.

In both speeches the local MP spoke about the strong Muslim community in Haringey, and how she has met so many local Muslims by holding advice surgeries at Mosques and opening new local businesses.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green also spoke about her experiences as a Government Minister at the Department for International Development, which has enabled her to meet Muslim and other communities in Africa.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“It was an honour to attend the Iftar dinners and share the wonderful food and experience with the local mosque communities. I’d like to thank both Mosques for the invitations.

“When Ramadan falls in the summer months, it is particularly demanding, and I have huge respect for the many Muslims who commit to fasting every day for a month, between sunrise and sunset.

“My work in international development means I get to travel overseas to meet such a wide range of communities. But Haringey is just as diverse – with 180 languages spoken here! It’s great to spend time with the communities here too and take part in these important events.”


Wed 23 July 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP calls for more accessible local rail stations

Lynne Featherstone with transport campaigners at Bounds Green stationLynne Featherstone MP last week met with a representative from Govia, the company who will shortly start managing Thameslink rail services in and around the local area.

The representative from Govia confirmed their commitment to improving local services, including evening and weekend services to Moorgate from December 2015, and newer, more modern trains with extra space from 2018.

Other changes include the introduction of permanent staff at rail stations from September 2015, and the installation of ticket gates at Hornsey and Alexandra Palace stations. This news follows a long local Liberal Democrat campaign to keep and improve local rail services.

To follow up comments raised in her recent local survey, the Liberal Democrat MP then pushed for better accessibility at local stations, to make them more usable for disabled and elderly residents, as well as those with young children and pushchairs.

The Govia representative said that they aimed to deliver station improvements in partnership with network rail, and would find out whether any studies had been done into the feasibility of making stations more accessible.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“It was great to meet with Govia and to hear the representative reaffirm the commitment to make improvements to our local services. Evening and weekend services into Moorgate and new, modern, spacious trains will be most welcome.

“But what we also need are huge station improvements, to make them more accessible for everyone. The number of steps and the lack of lifts at our local stations prevent some disabled and elderly people using them, and this is just unacceptable. I will continue to push Govia and Network Rail for these improvements.”

Tue 8 July 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Thousands of pensioners in Haringey set to benefit further from Lib Dem pension plans  

Pensioners would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb announced last week.

These changes mean the state pension will be worth at least £131-a-week by 2020, up from just £97.65 four years ago. The new plans would benefit 22,369 pensioners in Haringey.

Pensions have already risen every year since the Lib Dems entered Government in 2010, thanks to the Liberal Democrats’ triple lock guarantee. The triple lock was a key demand from the Liberal Democrats in Coalition negotiations.

The state pension is already £440 higher per year in 2014-15 than if it had increased in line with earnings from the start of this Parliament, and £800 a year more in total.

Only the Liberal Democrats are committed to writing this guarantee into law, giving pensioners more certainty that their pension will continue to rise in future.

Announcing the plan, Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

“For decades, successive Labour and Conservative governments allowed the state pension to decline after Mrs. Thatcher broke the ‘earnings link’ in 1980.

“But we are serious about having a decent state pension. That’s why the Liberal Democrats will guarantee in law that in each year pensions will rise by the highest of wages, prices or 2.5%.

“The Liberal Democrat plans are in stark contrast to the Labour years, which on one occasion saw Gordon Brown increase the state pension by just 75p-a-week.”

Local MP Lynne Featherstone commented:

“A decent income in retirement for pensioners is central to the Liberal Democrat vision of a fair society.

“Our ‘triple lock’ guarantee for pensions has been implemented every year since 2010, and means that the state pension is already £800 more per year in total.

“It’s also great to hear the Lib Dem Pensions Minister confirm that continuing and committing to these reforms will be in our manifesto – and that over 22,000 pensioners in Haringey could benefit.”

Wed 2 July 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP shows her pride in London

Lynne Featherstone MP on the pride marchLynne Featherstone MP on Saturday took part in the annual London Pride march, to celebrate London’s LGBT+ community. She was accompanied by a large Liberal Democrat team including Lord Brian Paddick, Caroline Pidgeon (the Leader of the Lib Dem group on the London Assembly) and Lib Dem Baroness, Liz Barker.

This year’s march was the first since same-sex marriages became legal in England – under legislation that Lynne Featherstone MP introduced in her previous role as Equalities Minister (2010-12).

The local MP, who was stopped a number of times by people wanting to thank her for her work on LGBT+ issues, carried a placard underlining her pride at representing Hornsey and Wood Green.

Getting into the spirit of the event, the Lib Dem MP danced along to the music during the parade and took a number of pictures with other marchers throughout the afternoon.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“I was delighted to be marching at pride yet again this year – and I certainly wasn’t going to let the weather rain on my parade!

“Pride is always such a positive and empowering event – and I was so happy to be walking with men and women who have married since the introduction of equal marriage. It is always so moving when people thank me for my involvement in bringing in the changes – it makes me feel very proud of my work and of where we are now as a country on LGBT+ issues.”


Mon 30 June 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP opens sensory garden at local school

Lynne Featherstone MP with two school children in the Sensory Garden at St Paul’s Primary SchoolLynne Featherstone opened a sensory garden last Friday at St Paul’s Primary School in Wood Green. The garden was created by the children, staff and parents for use by the reception class, but will also be open to the other pupils at the school.

The teaching staff also hope that the garden will be a St Paul’s Primary vital resource for pupils with special educational needs.

The garden contains plants chosen by the children in the reception class, a sand pit, a reading area and an open air ‘kitchen’ equipped with cooking utensils where the pupils can make mud pies.

The local MP made a short speech declaring the garden open and praising the schools efforts in front of a group of reception pupils, parents and teachers. She then spent time talking to the children about their favourite features in the garden.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“The garden is such a fantastic resource for the children and will be so valuable both in offering them a place to play and explore but also in teaching them to take care of their own space.

“I congratulate everyone who has hand in creating the garden and I look forward to seeing how it grows and changes in the future.”

Mon 30 June 2014 Comments on this post (0)
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Lynne Featherstone MP demands answers on council housing changes

Lynne Featherstone MP demands answers on council housing changesLocal MP Lynne Featherstone has contacted Haringey Council’s Chief Executive, to request information on the future of council housing in her constituency.

Residents in Noel Park and Bounds Green approached the Lib Dem MP, following news that the Labour-run council plans to sell off some of its council housing stock to private landlords, and demolish other homes

The affected areas in the MP’s constituency include homes on Park Grove, Durnsford Road, Tunnel Gardens and Blake Road in N11, homes on the Noel Park estate in N22, and land near Hillcrest in N6.

In her letter, the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green demanded clarification from the Chief Executive, and put forward her view that no council housing stock should be sold off, without suitable replacements being built to house vulnerable local people.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“The waiting list for council housing is incredibly long and oversubscribed in Haringey. There are many vulnerable people that need decent homes to live in. We need more council housing – not less.

“But Labour-run Haringey Council haven’t built a single new council home in over 25 years, and now plan to sell off and demolish some of their existing housing stock.

“It is vital that residents are kept updated, and that no social housing stock is sold off without adequate replacement. I will continue to push the council for answers and campaign for improved or replacement council housing, rather than demolition and sell off.”

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