Lynne is the former MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, and a former Minister in both the Home Office and the Department for International Development. She was one of the chief architects of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2014. She is currently the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change.
Lynne was born and brought up in North London and has lived in her former constituency of Hornsey & Wood Green for over 30 years. She went to primary school in Highgate, and still lives there today.
Outside of politics Lynne has previously run her own London design company and was then the strategic design consultant for the UK’s largest transport consultancy. She has also worked at University College Hospital and was director of an electrical business with ten branches across London.
Lynne first became involved in politics when she helped form a residents’ association, in order to fight council plans to introduce a parking scheme.
She was elected onto Haringey Council in 1998, representing Muswell Hill ward until 2006, where she was also Leader of the Opposition between 1998 and 2002.
In the 2005 General Election she was elected MP for Hornsey & Wood Green. Lynne was elected to Parliament with a 15% swing from Labour in May 2005, and then held the seat with an increased majority in May 2010.
Throughout her decade in the role Lynne maintained a strong record of delivering for local people. Among her many achievements, Lynne worked with local residents to secure £7.3 million in extra funding for local schools, thanks to the fairer education funding campaign; save the Whittington Hospital’s A&E, when the Labour Government tried to close it in 2010; successfully defend local rail services, sorting offices, police front counters; and prevent the building of a waste plant on a local green space and getting step free access to Alexandra Park station (coming).
Lynne also held regular events in the constituency, including an apprenticeship fair, an independent shops competition and fete, and public meetings on key local issues.
She became a Home Office Minister in May 2010 with responsibility for Criminal Information and Equalities. In this role she was the originator and architect of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act. The Act legalised same-sex marriage across England and Wales, a move that was described by both Lynne and former leader Nick Clegg as one of their proudest achievements in Government.
Lynne was appointed Minister in the Department for International Development in September 2012. In this role she launched a campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation within a generation, and a campaign for disability rights and access in Africa.
In November 2014 Lynne returned to the Home Office when she was appointed Minister of State for Crime Prevention, in which she championed support for victims of domestic violence.
In July 2015 Lynne was appointed to Tim Farron’s team as Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change. She joined the House of Lords in November 2015.