Author Archives: Liz Lynne

Setting up a Network of Experience

Liberal Democrat badge - Some rights reserved by Paul Walter, Newbury, UKWe 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.

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Liz Lynne to stand for Party President

image001After 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.

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Opinion: Manufacturing is a growing sector in the UK and EU membership is vital

manufacturing - Some rights reserved by I-5 Design and ManufactureManufacturing has been something I have been passionate about for years now. When I was MP for Rochdale I helped to set up the all party manufacturing group in the House of Commons and then when I became MEP for the West Midlands region I jointly set up the Manufacturing Forum in the European Parliament. I have represented two areas where manufacturing has been so important. In my view, it is even more relevant today in helping to rebalance the economy and …

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Liz Lynne writes: Making the industrial strategy work in the Midlands

jaguarFor years people have been writing off our UK manufacturing industry and underplaying the part it plays in boosting the economy. In my view there has been too much emphasis on the service sector and not enough on manufacturing. I am therefore delighted about the announcement in the Autumn Statement on Capital Allowances. It is something that many people in industry have been calling for for years. By raising the allowance tenfold from £25,000 to £250,000, the government is encouraging investment in new plant and machinery, and providing an incentive for profitable manufacturers to invest in new capacity. This is a government decision that will create new long term jobs.

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  • User AvatarRob Parsons 22nd Jul - 9:57am
    What is the evidence that farmland is being reduced?
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    High living standards and rising prosperity extolled by almost all parties are only possible by expropriating the living standards of the world’s poorest That's not...
  • User AvatarDav 22nd Jul - 9:39am
    the voluntary sector should not replace services which is carried out by the NHS, it should be added value to our health service. Nor should...
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    A good debate Jo. One quite interesting aspect of this is the ignorance about how council housing is allocated. A tenant who goes into the...
  • User AvatarEd 22nd Jul - 9:17am
    None of this very edifying. One of the reasons the membership is asked to be supportive is to show that Coalitions 'work' and that we...
  • User AvatarJenny Barnes 22nd Jul - 8:39am
    I seem to remember a major reorganisation of the NHS, not foreshadowed in either LD or Tory manifestos, quite recently. How's that working out for...