On 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.”