Lynne Featherstone MP takes part in Oxfam Land Grabs Stunt

Lynne Featherstone land grab jpegLynne Featherstone MP last week took part in an Oxfam campaign stunt to highlight the issue of land grabs, organised by local Oxfam volunteer Katrina Gajevska.

The event was to raise public awareness about land grabs, and to give constituents and Oxfam supporters a chance to voice concerns about the practice to the local MP – who is also a minister in the Department of International Development.

During the event an auctioneer pretended to sell off local Haringey land marks, including Lynne Featherstone’s constituency office.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green spoke to local residents and campaigners and answered questions about the issue.

Earlier this year the Prime Minister announced that land grabs are one of the issues that will be discussed at the G8 Summit this month. It is hoped that making the ownership and usage of land transparent will be achieved by advancing trade, ensuring tax compliance and promoting greater transparency.

After the event, Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“It was a pleasure to take part in this fantastic local event. The auction was a fun way of attracting attention to a serious issue and I was very glad to be able to speak to local people about their concerns over land grabs. I’d like to thank Katrina for her hard work in organising the event.

“I very much hope that the Prime Minister’s commitment to focus on this issue at the G8 Summit will push forward the UK’s ambition to secure more transparency on land ownership.”