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Lynne Featherstone

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Try and find out what fuels the beliefs of any normal MP and you’ll receive a standard childhood anecdote about right or wrong, maybe with a token moral compass thrown in. Not when you ask Lynne Featherstone. “If you want to know how life works, then you have to understand what fucks people up. I lived in my constituency and I’ve seen what happens on the ground. I’ve taken a walk on the wild side.”

Confident, uncompromising and brilliantly straight talking, the former equalities minister is anything but the norm. She’s directly taken on newspapers publishing anti-transgender articles, got homophobic clergymen hot under the collar, and recently labelled Boris Johnson’s planned riot vans “penis-substitute water cannons”. But what really gets her talking is what’s dominated her life for the past five years: Introducing same-sex marriage. And if you don’t know what her role was in that, then don’t worry – she’ll be the first to tell you.

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