Minister of State for Crime Prevention

The Rt Hon Lynne Featherstone


Lynne Featherstone was appointed as the Minister of State for Crime Prevention at the Home Office on 4 November 2014. Previously, she was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development. She was elected Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green in 2005.

Political career

Lynne was elected to Haringey Council in 1998, a position she held until 2006. In 2000 she was elected to the London Assembly, where she chaired the Transport Committee and served on the Health and Standards Committees and the Metropolitan Police Authority.

She served as the Liberal Democrats’ International Development Spokesperson in 2006, before becoming their Youth and Equalities Spokesperson in 2007.

Lynne previously served as Home Office Minister for Equalities and Criminal Information.

Career outside of politics

Before entering politics, Lynne ran her own design company and was a strategic design consultant.

Personal life

In her spare time, she has volunteered in the Royal Free Hospital.

Minister of State for Crime Prevention

The minister is responsible for:

  • drugs
  • drugs strategy
  • forensic science
  • volume, acquisitive and business crime (including burglary, motor vehicle crime, retail crime, cash vehicles in transit, wildlife/rural crime, metal theft)
  • crime statistics
  • crime strategy
  • designing out crime
  • antisocial behaviour
  • public health
  • alcohol (including Licensing Act and powers of police and local authorities) and alcohol strategy
  • violent crime, violent offender orders
  • homelessness
  • community activism
  • youth crime and youth violence
  • domestic violence, including forced marriage, honour-based killing and FGM
  • sexual violence, sex offenders, child sex offenders review, prostitution, lap dancing
  • violence against women and girls, sexualisation of young people, women’s safety and fear of crime
  • missing persons
  • hate crime
  • child sexual exploitation, including Sexual Violence against Children and Vulnerable People national group
  • animals in science regulation
  • British Transport Police reform
  • firearms

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

    • 2010 to 2012
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development

    • 2012 to 2014


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    • 8 April 2015
    • News story
  2. New powers make it easier to tackle anti-social behaviour

    • 23 March 2015
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  3. Ban will end testing of household products on animals

    • 12 March 2015
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  4. Home Office announces increase in firearms licensing fees

    • 12 March 2015
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  5. No let-up in drive to combat 'legal highs'

    • 11 March 2015
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  6. Crime Prevention Minister meets London domestic abuse experts

    • 6 March 2015
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  7. Crime Prevention Minister announces mandatory reporting of FGM

    • 12 February 2015
    • News story
  8. Ending Female Genital Mutilation: Cardiff group praised for campaign

    • 3 February 2015
    • Press release
  9. Ending gang violence: £400k to tackle sexual exploitation

    • 21 January 2015
    • News story
  10. Hundreds helped to leave gangs by charity project which earns praise of minister

    • 18 December 2014
    • News story