May 24 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
It has been confirmed Hornsey and Wood Green’s MP is taking up a position within the Department for International Development (DfID) following the cabinet reshuffle.
Lynne Featherstone will move to DfID from her role in the Home Office, where she was a junior minister with responsibilities for women and equality.
The Liberal Democrat MP will take up the position of parliamentary under-secretary of state at DfID, answering to former transport minister, Conservative Justine Greening.
Earlier today, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg tweeted: “Thanks Lynne Featherstone for your work @ukhomeoffice - welcome to @DFID_UK - an issue you have championed for years #reshuffle”.
There was no official word from Ms Featherstone’s office tonight on her appointment, but Labour’s Haringey Council leader Claire Kober took the opportunity to offer a withering assessment of her ministerial career.
She said: “As equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone stood by and watched as her government dismantled the NHS, slashed funding for local services and hit the financial security of thousands of women with job losses and cuts to tax credits and childcare support.
“By all tangible measurements, her government’s approach to the economy and public services continues to increase inequality.”