Lynne Featherstone MP visits Muswell Hill Library, as petition signatures reach almost 2000

Lynne Featherstone MP with Branch Librarian Joyce Rowe

Lynne Featherstone MP last week visited Muswell Hill Library, to take a look at the facilities and to discuss the future of the library.

The library, which has between 100 and 350 users per day, is now providing downloadable books, magazines and newspapers, as well as internet services and events for children.

During the visit, a local resident and library user expressed support for the campaign, and told the MP how important the services are for her and others, particularly local children.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green started a campaign to save the library late last year, after Labour-run Haringey Council’s budget plans revealed an intention to relocate the service.

Almost 2000 residents have signed the Liberal Democrat MP’s petition, which calls on Labour-run Haringey Council to remove the proposed closure and relocation from their budget plans.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“It was great to visit the library and see first-hand how valuable the services are to local residents – from young children taking part in activities, to elderly residents accessing newspapers and the internet.

“Almost 2000 local residents have backed the campaign to keep the library services in the historic building on Queens Avenue. It would be much better to install a lift in the current building – which is the only thing it lacks – rather than undergo a full relocation.

“Together, we are calling on Haringey Labour to withdraw their plans to relocate the service when the budget proposals go before the full Council next week.”

Lynne Featherstone MP holds FGM conference in Haringey

Lynne Featherstone MP addresses the North London FGM conference Local MP Lynne Featherstone yesterday held a conference on ‘Working Together to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM.)’

The conference, which took place at Hornsey School for Girls, was attended by over 100 health, social care, education, police and community professionals from across north London.

The conference was opened by Lynne Featherstone MP, and included speeches from campaigners Nimco Ali and Alimatu Dimonekene. During the opening session, students from Hornsey School for Girls presented a dramatic piece.

Throughout the day, the attendees were split into smaller groups. They discussed the work already being done to end FGM, and how the different sectors could work together to spot warning signs and protect girls.

While a minister at the Department for International Development, Lynne Featherstone announced a £35 million programme to support the African-led movement for change. As Minister of State for Crime Prevention, the Lib Dem MP recently announced that frontline professionals will have a mandatory duty to report cases of FGM.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“FGM is an unacceptable practice. In a truly fair society, where everyone has equal opportunity to get on, FGM would not happen. That’s why we have to keep working together and raising awareness until the day when no girl is at risk of FGM.

“Thanks to brave campaigners like Nimco and Alimatu, ending FGM is now very much on the agenda. As a Minister for Development and now Crime Prevention, I have worked with them and my team in Government to launch a £35 million programme to support the movement to end FGM, and more recently, to announce mandatory reporting.

“And of course, I want to tackle FGM and protect girls locally, too. That’s why I put together the conference – and it was fantastic to see professionals from across North London come together to discuss how to work together to prevent FGM.

“I’d like to thank all the speakers, those who helped organise, and particularly to Hornsey School for Girls for hosting the conference – it was a great success, and hopefully the first of many!”

Lynne Featherstone MP visits apprenticeship and training schemes  

Lynne Featherstone MP with Communities Minister Stephen Williams MP (left) and apprentices from Building Lives.Lynne Featherstone MP yesterday visited Broadwater Farm community centre, to meet with local residents who are involved in successful projects across Haringey.

Along with Communities Minister Stephen Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP met young people taking part in the Building Lives Apprenticeship Scheme.

The scheme helps hundreds of people a year into sustainable construction careers across London. Around 70% of the participants were not in education, employment, or training before becoming an apprentice.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green also met members of the Little Flames Youth Cadet Service, a programme for 9-18 year olds. Alongside learning skills themselves, they deliver first aid training and provide first aid support to several local events.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“Schemes like ‘Building Lives’ and the youth cadets are doing great work to help young people learn skills. They are a real positive force in our borough, and I enjoyed seeing the work they do first hand.

“We have a great story to tell in our local area. Unemployment here has halved since 2010, and youth unemployment in particular has more than halved!

“As the local MP – I hold annual apprenticeship events to bring local schemes and jobs together with local young people looking for work. Everyone should have equal access to these opportunities.”


100 professionals confirmed for local MP’s FGM conference

Youth for ChangeOver 100 North London professionals have signed up to attend Lynne Featherstone MP’s upcoming conference on ‘working together to end FGM.’

Health workers, social workers, police, teachers and community groups will get together at the conference – which is being held at Hornsey School for Girls on Tuesday 17th February.

There will be a number of sessions for professional to discuss how they can best work together to prevent FGM and support local girls.

The conference will be opened by Lynne Featherstone MP, and will also include speeches by prominent FGM campaigners Nimco Ali and Alimatu Dimonekene.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green is also the Minister for Crime Prevention at the Home Office. The Lib Dem MP previously held a position at DFID, where she announced a £35 million programme to help end FGM within a generation.

There are a small number of spaces still available for the conference, which can be booked by contacting the Liberal Democrat MP.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“In a truly fair and equal society – no girl would be at risk of undergoing FGM. That’s why I will continue to raise awareness and campaign for better support and protection for girls until FGM is no longer practised at all.

“This conference will bring together different professionals, campaigners and survivors from across North London, and will start conversations about how working together can benefit local girls who may be at risk.

“I’m really looking forward to the event. There are still a few spaces left for the conference – please do get in touch if you’re interested in attending.”

Lynne Featherstone MP discusses comm-unity with local Turkish women

Lynne Featherstone MP speaks with local Turkish women in Wood GreenOn Saturday Lynne Featherstone visited over 50 local Turkish women, to speak about recent international events – such as the Charlie Hebdo attacks – and the effect these events have had on local communities.

The visit forms part of Lynne Featherstone’s campaign to encourage unity, and search for solutions to both extremism and intolerance in Haringey and beyond.

The local MP listened to the women, some of whom have faced threats and even violence following the actions of extremists in other countries. They then discussed possible ways to prevent radicalisation, to protect vulnerable communities, and also to prevent division in response to extremist actions.

Turhan Ozen, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Tottenham, was also present at the event, and joined in the discussion.

Lynne Featherstone MP commented:

“Following the recent actions of extremists in other countries, some local women have had letters through their own doors telling them to ‘go home’ – and worse.

“This is not fair – these women have done nothing wrong – yet some now feel afraid. I have taken on board many of the points they raised, about how politicians and Government can better protect vulnerable communities.

“Now more than ever, it’s important that we unite as a community. We have such a proud tradition of this in Haringey – of embracing diversity and uniting against both extremism and intolerance.

“While other parties are trying to capitalise on the politics of fear, the Lib Dems believe that unity and tolerance is the only way to stand up to extremism – and I am working hard to get this message out both locally and nationally.”

85% of survey respondents think Haringey Labour’s immigration leaflet is ‘unacceptable’

Labour's disgraceful anti immigration leaflet - delivered in Hornsey and Wood GreenLynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, has called on Haringey Labour to stop delivering their inflammatory and controversial leaflet, which outlines the Labour Party’s ‘tough new approach to immigration.’

The leaflet, which has been widely criticised by local residents and commentators on social media, was delivered only to areas of the borough with relatively more diverse populations – Bounds Green, Wood Green, and parts of Tottenham.

The Liberal Democrat MP’s call has been backed by residents in Hornsey and Wood Green. A survey last week, which received over 400 responses, revealed that 85% of local residents also believe that Labour’s leaflet is unacceptable.

Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, commented:

“Here in Haringey, we have a proud tradition of uniting against extremism and the politics of fear. But instead of upholding this – Labour are pandering to UKIP and creating division. It’s no surprise that the vast majority of people here think this leaflet is unacceptable.

“To top it off – Labour have specifically targeted this leaflet towards more diverse areas like Tottenham, Bounds Green and Wood Green. Other parts of Haringey – like Crouch End and Muswell Hill – have not been informed about Labour’s new, regressive immigration policies.

“I hope the local Labour Party will respond to the calls from local residents, and not distribute divisive literature like this again in any part of our borough.”

Three local schools win awards for work with disadvantaged pupils

Lynne Featherstone MP with Hornsey School for Girls studentsAlexandra Park School, Highgate Wood Secondary School, and Hornsey School for Girls have been recognised as going the extra mile to help disadvantaged students.

The schools have received a £5,000 award for the work they have done to boost the achievements of pupils from less privileged backgrounds, by putting the Pupil Premium to effective use.

The Pupil Premium is £2.5bn of extra money that is targeted towards helping disadvantaged students in school. It is a key Liberal Democrat policy, now delivered in Government.

All three schools are now eligible to apply for a prize of up to £250,000 – the winner of which will be announced by Nick Clegg in March.

Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“It is great that three schools in Hornsey and Wood Green have received this award for excellent use of the Pupil Premium funding. I have visited all three of these schools over the past few years and have seen this good work for myself.

“The Pupil Premium funding helps make sure that everyone has the best chance to get on in life. That’s why the Lib Dems fought so hard to implement the policy, and why we’re rewarding those schools that have put it to best use.”

Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws said:

“Alexandra Park, Highgate Wood, and Hornsey Girls can rightly be proud of their work to improve the life chances of children in Haringey.

“I would encourage all of the secondary schools which have received a prize to share their successful approach with other schools so they can learn from their experience.”

Earlham Primary secures funding to improve buildings

Lynne Featherstone MP and Earlham Head Teacher Oweda Harrison, outside Earlham Primary, Wood GreenLiberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws MP has today announced government money to rebuild Earlham Primary School in Wood Green.

The news has been welcomed by local MP Lynne Featherstone, who visited Earlham Primary last week and called for the school to be included in the Government programme.

The money will come from the Priority Schools Building Programme, a £2bn government scheme spearheaded by the Liberal Democrats, to rebuild those schools across the country suffering most from wear and tear.

Schools included in the programme are now able to start developing detailed plans, and are expected to be completed in 2017.

Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws MP said:

“I am delighted to announce money that will allow Earlham Primary to make badly needed improvements to their building.

“Lynne Featherstone MP made a very clear case as to why Earlham needs this money, and I look forward to seeing the improvements.”

MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone, said:

“This announcement is fantastic news for families and teachers in Wood Green.

“Earlham Primary badly needs to upgrade its classrooms and other facilities.  This money fought for and delivered by Liberal Democrats in government will make a real difference.

“Making sure all children in Wood Green get a fair start in life should always be a top priority, and I can’t wait to see Earlham’s plans develop.”

Local MP calls for Schools Buildings Money for Earlham Primary

Lynne Featherstone MP and Headteacher Oweda Harrision at Earlham Primary SchoolLocal Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has called on the Schools’ Minister to deliver money to rebuild Earlham Primary School in Wood Green.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green visited the primary school today, and was given a tour by Head teacher Oweda Harrison. Many of the buildings and classrooms are in need of repair.

Hundreds of schools across the country are seeking money from the Government’s Priority Schools Buildings Programme – to refurbish and rebuild old buildings.

Schools’ Minister David Laws, also a Liberal Democrat, is set to announce the successful schools in the £2bn programme before the end of the month.

Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“Earlham Primary is a fantastic local school, but it does urgently need money to improve its buildings. I have already contacted the Schools’ Minister to ask that Earlham is included in the Priority School Building Programme.

“In a truly fair society, all children should have equal access to decent school facilities.  I have made this case to government ministers and will continue to do so.”

Campaigners welcome Muswell Hill Police Counter news

Lynne Featherstone and Haringey Borough Commander Victor OlisaAfter a long search, a new police front counter is due to open next week in Muswell Hill inside the Planet Organic shop on Muswell Hill Road.

Local Liberal Democrat councillors and Lynne Featherstone MP have been campaigning for a replacement counter since 2013, when the previous police counter service in Muswell Hill closed as part of the Mayor’s crime plan for London.

The new police counter will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 6pm and 8pm and on Saturdays between 1pm and 3pm.

The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the opening of the new police counter.

Martin Newton, Lib Dem Councillor for Fortis Green and Crime spokesperson, comments:

“It was awful when the previous counter closed in 2013, under the Conservative Mayor of London’s policing plans. Residents lost a vital local service.

“I am delighted that residents will once again have a local contact point where they can meet with local police and trained volunteers. It is great that people will be able to report crimes, get crime prevention advice and hand in or collect lost property.”

Lynne Featherstone, local Lib Dem MP, comments:

“The Conservative Mayor of London promised that no counters would close without proper replacement services. ­So it was an absolute outrage when we lost the service in Muswell Hill. That’s why local Lib Dems councillors, residents and I campaigned for a replacement to be provided.

“We didn’t give up – we worked with the police and local businesses to find a suitable place – and I am very pleased that we’re finally getting a new police counter in Muswell Hill.

“Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign. Local Lib Dems and people power can make a difference!”