If you vote for a
Liberal Democrat, what do you get? You get someone who’s going to fight for
civil liberties and for freedom, you’re going to get someone who’s going to
fight for fairness, for the NHS, you’re going to get someone who cares about
the planet, you’re going to get the sort of party that you would want to stand
up for those who need to be fought for.
The Lib Dems have
taken lowest-paid out of tax, we’ve given pensioners a rise – that’s probably
not your end of the market, but at my end of the market, and what I’ve done in
government, is things like changing the world, which is what I went into
politics to do.
I’m the originator
and architect of same-sex marriage – it’s a Liberal Democrat policy – I’m the
originator and architect of the campaign against female genital mutilation –
never been touched before – and I’ve been fighting for disability in the
developing world. And I would say to you: first, vote for a party you believe
in; and secondly, get involved in politics and change the world yourself.
(Twitter @lfeatherstone) is Minister of State for the Home Office, and
previously has served in government for International Development and for Equalities.
She’s one of the Liberal Democrats with the most distinctive records in
government, having led on equal marriage for same-sex couples and against female
genital mutilation. This was her answer to why a first-time voter should vote
Lib Dem in an LBC woman politicians’ debate. She is seeking re-election as MP
for Hornsey and Wood Green.
I am particularly
grateful to Lynne because it’s down to her and Nick Clegg dragging the
Coalition to support equal marriage that I married the man I love, six months
ago today. You can see more about that here [soon, when it’s finished
uploading!], and how after twenty years of waiting it took the Liberal
Democrats in government for us to do it.