A trio of awards ceremonies for Lynne Featherstone

It’s a busy week for Lynne Featherstone. Last Tuesday, she won Pink News’s Ally of the Year award as the Minister responsible for setting the same sex marriage process in motion. She’s responsible for a great deal of happiness. She said of her win:

I’d like to thank Pink News for giving me this award, and everyone who was at the event for the reception they gave me – it’s so heart-warming.

Bringing about this positive social change is one of the greatest achievements of our generation, and I’m so thankful to all the organisations, politicians, civil servants and people who supported the successful campaign for Equal Marriage law from start to finish.

Lynne has also been nominated for MP of the Year by the Patchwork Foundation. If you’ve never heard of them, this is what they are all about:

The Patchwork Foundation aims to promote and encourage the positive integration of under-represented, deprived and minority communities into British political society.

Patchwork is a craft that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design.

The various communities in Britain are a diverse mosaic of people from different cultures, faiths, ethnicities and social backgrounds. Once they are ‘sewed’ together, these diverse communities contribute in a cohesive manner to the multifaceted whole.

According to 24dash.com, Lynne was nominated by a constituent:

Lynne has worked hard to help minority groups. She has pushed hard for better NHS funding and support to help those who are deprived and rely on the NHS services more than most. She always shown support for the BME community and recognises the vital role BME communities play in the UK and that they need to be supported further.

The winner of that award will be announced by the Speaker this coming Wednesday, Guy Fawkes’ Night.

And, finally, she has been nominated for Politician of the Year by Stonewall, who celebrate their 25th anniversary awards with a glittering awards ceremony at the V & A Museum in London this coming Thursday.

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3 Comments

  • Eddie Sammon 2nd Nov '14 - 3:24pm

    I have a lot of respect for Lynne Featherstone, Jo Swinson, Lorely, Jenny and basically all of the Lib Dem women parliamentary party. I’m not in the business of elevating people miles above everyone else, there are lots of good women. I’m looking at the ISIS vote and seeing Lynne, Jo, Tessa, Annette, Jenny and Lorely all put themselves at risk and vote for what is right. It is important to highlight this, because with it comes gravitas. Sarah Teather abstained, but she has been impressing me recently.

    I don’t want Lib Dem Voice to become a men’s smoking room. The truth is if I didn’t comment so much then some articles and issues wouldn’t go commented on. Plus I have a lot to contribute at the moment.

    I do find some issues anathema, but I like strong women and we need to promote them.

  • @eddie sammon quote ”but I like strong women and we need to promote them.”

    That’s very magnanimous of you.
    Would you want to promote women if you didn’t like them or they didn’t live up to your wanting them to be ‘strong’ ?

  • Eddie Sammon 3rd Nov '14 - 1:50pm

    Hi Sandy, no I wouldn’t. When I say “strong” I don’t mean “stronger than men” or “just like men” I just mean candidates who are fairly independent minded and stand up for themselves.

    I get immediately put off candidates who talk about quotas. Not entirely, but it definitely deals a blow to my enthusiasm for them as candidates. However, this doesn’t mean I’m anti female candidates, which some people try to paint me as, so I’m trying to strike that balance.

    I’d support a 50-50 parliament if it was achieved on merit. The idea of it doesn’t strike fear in me.

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