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A Dedicated Campaigner and Former MEP & MP

Liz Lynne 2 Win

Liz Lynne was MEP for the West Midlands until February 2012 when she stood down after 12 and a half years representing the region. Liz was replaced in the European Parliament by Lib Dem Phil Bennion. Prior to that she was MP for Rochdale from 1992 to 1997.

Liz has not retired from politics, but has stayed active in the Party, campaigning across the country for the Liberal Democrats. She is a member of the Federal Conference Committee, Vice President of Liberal Democrat Women and President of Mid Worcestershire Liberal Democrats.

This website contains the latest updates from Liz on her campaigning for the Liberal Democrats and a news archive of her work in the European Parliament to 2012.

News from Liz

  • Liz at Mid Worcestershire PPC selection
    Article: Jun 27, 2014

    As President of Mid Worcestershire Liberal Democrats, I attended the meeting to select our PPC for next years General Election. I am delighted to say that our candidate that stood at the last election, Councillor Margaret Rowley, was elected again unopposed. She is an excellent candidate and has worked extremely hard for the constituency. I know we are going through difficult times at the moment and that is why we must continue to actively campaign across the whole of the country.

  • Liz at Phil Bennion Thank You Party
    Article: Jun 23, 2014

    It was a great thank you party for Phil Bennion the other night in Birmingham. Approximately 130 members turned up and enjoyed an excellent curry. It was a sad night as we have had an MEP for the West Midlands for the last fifteen years. First me for twelve and a half years and then Phil for two and a half years, after I stood down. Phil and I have worked as a team for many years now as he was number two on the European list for the previous election as well.

  • Jock Gallagher
    Article: Jun 10, 2014

    Jock Gallagher, President of West Midlands Liberal Democrats, has give his endorsement of Liz Lynne for President, stating:

    "Having seen Liz working at close quarters as our MEP in the West Midlands, I know she is the sort of hi-energy and dedicated politician we so desperately need as President, in a very tough climate. She will deliver!"

  • Liz Lynne 2 Win
    Article: Jun 10, 2014

    We have so many people in the party that have held office of one sort or another over the years. We must make sure that we find a way of retaining their expertise and at the same time give them the support that they need.

    I have been thinking about setting up this new network for sometime but I think now, more than ever, it is the right time to do it. For too long many elected members who have lost their seats feel that their contribution to the party hasn't been properly appreciated.

  • Liz Lynne and Chris Adams with David Watts
    Article: Jun 3, 2014

    As soon as Liz arrived in Newark today to help out David Watts' by-election campaign she was grabbed by Channel 4 and Channel 5 to do interviews.

    Commenting on the day, Liz said:

    "I thought I was just here to leaflet! We managed to do quite a lot of leafleting afterwards. Julian Heather took the photo of David, me and Chris Adams, the local Newark Branch chair. Ended up with a well earned cup of tea and of course cake afterwards in lovely Newark!"

  • Liz Lynne MEP addressing the West Midlands region Lib Dem annual conference
    Article: May 29, 2014

    After being asked by many people from different parts of our party, I have decided to stand to be Party President.

    These last four years have been tough and no more so than in the last week. We have seen too many good friends and colleagues defeated as councillors and most recently as MEPs. I know what that feels like. I fought my first parliamentary seat in Harwich for the Liberal/SDP Alliance in 1987 and came second. I then went on to win the seat of Rochdale in 1992. Sadly, I narrowly lost in Tony Blair's 1997 General Election landslide following boundary changes. I look back with pride on what I achieved in Parliament as our spokesperson on Health and then Social Security, including representing disabled people in the fight for equal rights.

  • Article: May 23, 2014

    I am so sorry for our hardworking councillors who have just lost their seats.

    I know what it is like. It is devastating after all the work you have done for the people who elected you.

    It feels like a kick in the teeth. I know when I lost Rochdale in 1997 it took me two days to venture out.

    When I went to Tesco a lot of people came up and said how sorry they were.

  • Liz Lynne with Phil Bennion, Paula Smith and Hall Green campaigners
    Article: May 23, 2014

    Campaigning this morning with Phil Bennion MEP putting out good morning leaflets in Hall Green ward in support of dedicated councillor Paula Smith.

  • Liz Lynne with Phil Bennion MEP and Small Heath Lib Dem team
    Article: May 22, 2014

    Joined the campaign today in the West Midlands getting up posters with Phil Bennion and the enthusiastic Lib Dem team in Small Heath, Birmingham.

  • Liz campaigning in West Dorset with Graham Watson and Ros Kayes
    Article: May 20, 2014

    Spent a very pleasant day today campaigning in West Dorset with Ros Kayes and the team for Graham Watson.

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