Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger Part LXII: Lynne Featherstone MP

Lynne Featherstone is the Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green and is also the Lib Dem's spokesperson for Youth and Equalities. Her blog can be found here.

What made you decide to start blogging?

A desire to cut out the middle man and relate directly with local people, the media, colleagues and the wider world.

What is your best blogging experience?

In recent times, whilst the use of the word 'best' is not quite right - blogging through the Baby P case as it was happening and in the eye of the storm was a real test of blogging. I felt that I kept true to what was happening and what I felt about what was happening and being said or done and was able to give those following my blog a sense of it all for real.

And your worst?

When something difficult is happening and which I might prefer to be silent on - you can't be - so when I was one of the signatories to Charles Kennedy's departure. You have to blog through good and bad - be true to the blog!

What do you regard as your best blog entry?

When a constituent who was being held under (effectively) a control order, having spent a year of so in Belmarsh already, and was subject to horrific restrictions. This all happening over four years. He was tried and acquitted over the ricin plot - but as soon as he left prison was placed under house arrest. That piece was for me a good piece of blogging as it told a human story - but also posed the challenges of the issues around detention without charge when the information that the authorities say is adequate to detain the person is hidden from both my constituent and myself.

Favourite blogs?

Iain Dale, Political Betting, LibDem Voice, Dizzy, Guido (but not Guido's comments to his blog!)

What inspired you to go into politics?

An insatiable desire to help people and make the world a better place. I know - vomitworthy!

What is the best and the worst thing about being the Lib Dem's Youth and Equalities spokeswoman?

Best is getting out to meet the people I am fighting for and having the opportunity to raise issues in parliament in that fight. The worst is that the portfolio doesn't have a proper locus in parliament - so the opportunities are too limited

You are also Chair of the Liberal Democrats Technology Board. How good are Lib Dem MP's at harnessing modern technology with regards to blogs, twittering etc..?

LibDems are brilliant at this - but there hasn't been a place to centre all this brilliance - that's my new job!

Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?

China, India, South America, the Arctic, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Japan and Ireland - and loads of other places too.

Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?

America, Italy, France, Australia and Greece.

Who, excluding the present leader, do you regard as the best Liberal Democrat/Liberal/SDP Party leader, and if different, the best Prime Minister?

Charles Kennedy and William Gladstone

Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?

Shirley Williams

Favourite Bond movie?

They are all Ok - but not fond enough to have a favourite

Favorite Doctor Who?

Patrick whatsit

Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?


Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?

The Band

In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?


Favourite national newspaper?

Guardian (although recently it has been purile and am thinking of removing my loyalty)

What would you say your hobbies were?

Knitting, going to movies and exercise - except I don't do the exercise!

And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?

- house of the rising sun

- back to black

- heaven

- gone with the wind

- the da Vinci code -

- portrait of an artist as a young man

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