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News from Liz

  • Liz Lynne
    Article: Oct 25, 2014

    Very good hustings meeting for the Party President elections today in Lancaster. It was very well organised and very well attended. It is one of a series that we are having around the country.

  • Liz at Brent Annual Dinner
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Everyone had a very enjoyable evening at the Brent Liberal Democrats annual dinner tonight. It was a celebration of the fantastic work that Sarah Teather has done over the years as MP and a rallying call to make sure that PPC Ibrahim Taguri succeeds her next year. Danny Alexander was the main speaker and called for us all to celebrate our achievements in Government.

  • Liz at Lib Dem HQ
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    Published by Mark Pack on October 21, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    Continuing my series of guest posts from candidates to succeed Tim Farron as Liberal Democrat President (of whom there are now three, after Linda Jack dropped out), here is Liz Lynne setting out her priorities for the first months in the job.

    What I will do as President from January to May - Liz Lynne

  • Article: Oct 20, 2014
    By Alex Wilcock in Love and Liberty: http://loveandliberty.blogspot.co.uk

    Ten days ago I emailed all four of the declared contenders to be the next Liberal Democrat President with questions (below) about their personal political philosophy and our shared Lib Dem values, to be published today. I received Liz Lynne's answers last week, and here they are now.

    The Liberal Democrats exist to build a society where everyone has equality of opportunity, regardless of their background, gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

    We believe everyone has the right to be themselves and we work to make sure that no one is enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

    I believe passionately that we are the only party who genuinely want to stand up for people who can't stand up for themselves. People who don't have a voice. That is why I became a Liberal and then a Liberal Democrat to change the lives of people, to work to make sure they have somewhere to live, ability to work, a decent healthcare system, a good education for all regardless of background and a fair social security system so that if they are unable to work they are not pushed into poverty. Everyone should have the right to be who they are without anyone trying to change them. Genuine tolerance of all who do not have the same beliefs as ours.

    That is why I am proud of what we have achieved in Government. Turning the economy around, taking people out of tax at the bottom, raising pensions by at least 2.5% and putting the triple lock in, the pupil premium, a massive increase in apprenticeships, equal marriage, protecting peoples civil liberties. We have achieved a great deal but we could have achieved a great deal more if we had been governing by ourselves. We still have a long way to go before we have created a fair society and a stronger economy but by voting for us you will ensure that you will have people who are working towards that goal.

  • Liz with Solihull team
    Article: Oct 18, 2014

    Fantastic reception on the doorstep in Solihull, team Lorely working hard as ever!

  • Liz Campaigning in Portsmouth South
    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    I had a great day campaigning for Gerald Vernon Jackson PPC for Portsmouth South. A very good response on the doorsteps. We managed to get several new deliverers and poster sites. It was great to see Russell Field former Coventry Councillor and a team from Warwick University Liberal Democrats who had turned up to help for the weekend along with activists from other areas as well. It should be a fun weekend if anyone else can make it. I even managed to sign up a new member!

  • Liz Lynne
    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    I had a lovely night at the Worthing annual dinner. I was due to be the after dinner speaker but because of the rules for the Presidential elections the other candidates were invited as well. Nightmare journey getting there but it was well worth it. I hope that they have raised a lot of money.

  • Liz Delivering in Richmond Park
    Article: Oct 14, 2014

    Out delivering letters tonight with Chris Maines in Richmond Park constituency for Marilyn Mason who is standing for the council by election in Tudor Ward on Thursday. On the way back to headquarters we bumped into Julian Heather who as usual has been working flat out. It was difficult seeing the addresses in the dark but we stand a good chance of winning if we can keep up the pressure.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2014

    Liz Lynne has replied to my questions to candidates, and her answers are reprinted in full below. With some speculation over who will be validly nominated, I will pause a little before giving my views on all four answers.

    The reason I want to be President is that I want the Party to get back to its grassroots and I believe that I am the person who can help to achieve that. There has become such a disconnect between the Party in the country and the Party nationally, if we are not careful we will see more people just giving up. Having been a Liberal and then a Liberal Democrat from the age of eleven I don't want to see this happen. Although I have been an MP and an MEP, I have never seen myself as part of the establishment neither am I heavily linked to one particular section of the Party. The President has to be independent enough to be able to genuinely listen to everyone's views. She should be responsible for making sure the views of the members are delivered to the leader and that might mean at times giving the leadership some unpalatable truths. As you have said I am quite capable of taking on that role.

  • Liz at Lib Dem HQ
    Article: Oct 14, 2014

    I have been to Liberal Democrat HQ to hand in my nomination forms today. I am delighted that they have been accepted and I am now formally a candidate for the Presidency of the Party. I should like to thank the over two hundred and fifty Conference Representatives who signed my nomination papers last week in Glasgow. It is much appreciated.