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Lynne Featherstone MP

International Development minister

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  • = Key Development Wednesday 10th December
  • 13:42 Lynne Featherstone: Nick Clegg has refused to give Cabinet jobs to me and Jo Swinson On air

    On Air | Lynne Featherstone MP | International Development mini... | The World At One, Radio Four Video Lynne Featherstone MP

    Lynne Featherstone said that she and Jo Swinson were next in line to join the Cabinet but that Nick Clegg had so far refused to give them Cabinet jobs. "Myself and Jo Swinson are the obvious ones in line. I have on numerous occasions enc... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 5th December
  • 14:06 Story (2 links): Government to make FGM reporting mandatory

    PoliticsHome Government to make FGM reporting mandatory Story View links

    Mandatory reporting of cases of female genital mutilation is to be introduced by the Government.

    A consultation has opened today asking for views on how to best introduce such a practice, which has been generally welcomed by campaigners.

    Two prosecutions have been brought forward for FGM, despite being a criminal offence in the UK since 1985.

    Lynne Featherstone, the government lead on GFM, told the Guardian that frontline professionals need clarity on the issue. “If a boy came to a professional with half of his penis missing, there would be no question about whether it should be reported.”

    She said that the five-week consultation would allow survivors of FGM, health care professionals and charities to offer the views on how to introduce mandatory reporting.

    The Government’s new FGM unit announced details today including plans to work with the National Crime Agency, Border Force, and police to identify and prosecute offenders. Further plans will include a serious of roadshows, and charities will be involved in training local children’s boards.

    Communities Minister Stephen Williams welcomed the consultation, and insisted the Government is “making good on its pledge to invest in these valuable projects”.

  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 15:37 In Brief Events

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    Prime Minister David Cameron makes an announcement on funding for dementia research Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg makes an announcement on Bicester, the site of the Government's proposed second garden city Chief Secretary to the Tr... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th November
  • 17:01 In Brief Events

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    Home Secretary Theresa May speaks at a Women’s Aid event in the House of Commons (4:00pm) Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has announced further roll out of universal credit Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone pu... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 20th November
  • 13:02 Lynne Featherstone MP joins calls for £1.5 billion extra NHS funding News

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    Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has joined her colleagues in calling on the Government to urgently commit up to £1.5bn extra for the NHS. Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 17th November
  • 17:17 In Brief Events

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    Chancellor George Osborne speaks at the Newspaper Conference’s annual lunch in London Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks at the Foundation Trust Network conference in Liverpool (2:00pm) Business Secretary Vince Cable speaks at the As... Continue to article

  • 15:14 May in stark terror warning as Tpims called into question House of Commons

    May in stark terror warning as Tpims called into question House of Commons

    Theresa May has issued a stark warning for the UK following the murder of a fifth hostage by Islamic State militants. The Home Secretary said the killing showed Britain faced a “deadly threat…at home and abroad” and promised urgent actio... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 4th November
  • 16:29 Lynne Featherstone: Theresa May is OK to work with On air

    On Air | Lynne Featherstone MP | International Development mini... | BBC News Video Lynne Featherstone MP

    Lynne Featherstone said Theresa May was "OK" to work with, adding that she was a "reasonable human being". "My priorities will be to carry on my work against FGM, violence against women, and to stand up for liberal values. I found her OK... Continue to article

  • 13:20 Harry Phibbs blog: Reshuffle of Lib Dem Junior Ministers News

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    Lynne Featherstone replaces Norman Baker at the Home Office Continue to article

  • 12:53 Isabel Hardman blog: Lynne Featherstone replaces Baker as Osborne mocks ‘conspiracytheorist’ News

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    Lynne Featherstone is to return to the Home Office to replace Norman Baker as Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Nick Clegg has announced. This is interesting because Damian Green… Continue readi... Continue to article

  • 12:48 Liberal Democrats announce ministerial changes Press Release

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      The Deputy Prime Minister has made the following changes to his ministerial team following the decisions of Norman Baker MP; Mark Hunter MP; and Jenny Willott MP to stand down as Minister of State at the Home Office; and Assistant Gove... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 30th October
  • 12:50 Lynne Featherstone MP wins top Pink News Award News

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    Lynne Featherstone MP was last night presented with an award by Pink News, the most read gay news service in Britain. Continue to article

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  • = Key Development Sunday 23rd September
  • 08:15 Story (2 links): End Page 3 - Featherstone

    PoliticsHome End Page 3 - Featherstone Story View links

    The Sun should end its practice of putting topless models on Page 3 because it has a "deleterious effect" on women, Lynne Featherstone has said. The Lib Dem International Development minister, whose responsibilities include women's rights worldwide, told the Independent on Sunday: "There is an army on the other side hurtling abuse. It's not simply about equal pay. It's about the constant drip, drip of women being sexualised in the public space [which] has a great bearing on attitudes and domestic violence." 

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Stories involving Lynne Featherstone

Government to make FGM reporting mandatory

Mandatory reporting of cases of female genital mutilation is to be introduced by the Government.

A consultation has opened today asking for views on how to best introduce such a practice, which has been generally welcomed by campaigners.

Two prosecutions have been brought forward for FGM, despite being a criminal offence in the UK since 1985.

Lynne Featherstone, the government lead on GFM, told the Guardian that frontline professionals need clarity on the issue. “If a boy came to a professional with half of his penis missing, there would be no question about whether it should be reported.”

She said that the five-week consultation would allow survivors of FGM, health care professionals and charities to offer the views on how to introduce mandatory reporting.

The Government’s new FGM unit announced details today including plans to work with the National Crime Agency, Border Force, and police to identify and prosecute offenders. Further plans will include a serious of roadshows, and charities will be involved in training local children’s boards.

Communities Minister Stephen Williams welcomed the consultation, and insisted the Government is “making good on its pledge to invest in these valuable projects”.


Featherstone criticises marriage tax breaks

Lynne Featherstone has criticised the idea of giving married couples a tax break, saying such a move would be "extremely unfair". In an interview with The Times, the Equalities Minister said a reduction in tax for couples who tie the knot was a "bizarre concept... and wrongly aimed" and warned it was unfair on those couples and single parents who were unmarried.


Featherstone aims to protect sex workers

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone has launched a 12-month trial to protect sex workers in the UK. The scheme is expected to gather information, such as pictures of men that have been violent to prositutes in the past, and enable sex workers to be more aware when working on the streets .


End Page 3 - Featherstone

The Sun should end its practice of putting topless models on Page 3 because it has a "deleterious effect" on women, Lynne Featherstone has said. The Lib Dem International Development minister, whose responsibilities include women's rights worldwide, told the Independent on Sunday: "There is an army on the other side hurtling abuse. It's not simply about equal pay. It's about the constant drip, drip of women being sexualised in the public space [which] has a great bearing on attitudes and domestic violence." 


Featherstone: Church does not own marriage

The church does not "own" marriage or have an exclusive right to approve who can and cannot get married, Lynne Featherstone has said.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the Equalities Minister insisted that the Government's move to introduce same-sex marriage would be "for the better" and stressed that marriage was owned "by the people".


Featherstone: Stop violence against women or lose aid

If countries ignore prejudice against women they stand to lose development money from Britain, Lynne Featherstone said yesterday. In an interview with the Independent, and speaking on the UN's day for the elimination of violence against women, the Equalities Minister said that globally a third of women suffer violence.


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