Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development

Lynne Featherstone MP


Lynne Featherstone was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development on 5 September 2012. She is the Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green.

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.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State represents DFID in the House of Commons.

They lead on the following areas within DFID:

  • West and Southern Africa

  • East and Central Africa (excluding Somalia)

  • Policy (exluding anti-corruption)

  • The Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

  • eliminating violence against women and girls

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

    • 2010 to 2012


by Lynne Featherstone MP

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  1. Taking action in response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on climate impacts, adaptation and vulnerability

    • 22 April 2014
    • Speech
  2. DFID response to IDC report on disability and development

    • 10 April 2014
    • Government response
  3. UK warns more must be done to alleviate humanitarian crisis in CAR

    • 3 April 2014
    • Press release
  4. Lynne Featherstone: International Women’s Day speech at the Women of the World Festival

    • 18 March 2014
    • Speech
  5. Written Ministerial Statement: tackling violence against women and girls overseas

    • 6 March 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Climate change: DFID wins award for clean cooking initiative

    • 5 March 2014
    • News story
  7. New government measures to end FGM

    • 6 February 2014
    • News story
  8. The UK announces a range of measures to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

    • 6 February 2014
    • News story
  9. International Development Minister visits Burkina Faso to see progress in ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

    • 30 January 2014
    • News story
  10. Featherstone: G8 land deal to boost land rights in Ethiopia

    • 9 December 2013
    • Press release

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