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Standing down as MEP for the West Midlands

February 1, 2012 3:44 PM

Liz Lynne stood down as Euro MP for the West Midlands Region at the beginning of February 2012.

Liz was replaced in the European Parliament by Lib Dem Phil Bennion who will now represent the West Midlands region.

Liz Lynne said 'the time is right' to move on after 12 and a half years representing the region in the European Parliament.

Liz says:

"I have thought about this carefully and believe that the time is right. Although I still find the work stimulating and worthwhile, the relentless travelling particularly to and from Strasbourg is onerous to say the least.

"Stepping down now will also give my successor, Phil Bennion, enough time to bed down and make an effective contribution in the remaining two and and half years of this Parliament.

"I am proud to have served as First Vice President of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee.

"I feel I have been able to achieve a lot over the last 12 and a half years as Euro MP for the West Midlands, fighting for equality and reform in the EU.

"I am not retiring but want to focus my politics in ways which do not involve quite so much travelling. I will continue to support the Liberal Democrat party in any way I can, I remain a strong supporter of Nick Clegg's leadership and his work in the coalition government."

Read more about Liz's decision to step down as MEP for the West Midlands. This website will remain live through to at least July 2014 as an archive of her work for the West Midlands over 12 and a half years.