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Liz Lynne

Liz Lynne
Liz Lynne MEP at Bournemouth.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for West Midlands
In office
10 June 1999 – 3 February 2012
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPhil Bennion
Member of Parliament
for Rochdale
In office
9 April 1992 – 8 April 1997
Preceded bySir Cyril Smith
Succeeded byLorna Fitzsimons
Personal details
Elizabeth Lynne

(1948-01-22) 22 January 1948 (age 74)
Political partyLiberal Democrat

Elizabeth Lynne (born 22 January 1948) is a British politician, and was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the West Midlands for the Liberal Democrats from the 1999 European election until she retired in 2012. Previously she had been elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochdale at the 1992 general election but was defeated at the 1997 general election.


Lynne was born in Woking and educated at Dorking County Grammar School. Between 1966 and 1989 she was an actress, appearing in The Mousetrap. She also worked as a speech consultant between 1988 and 1992. In 1987 general election she contested Harwich where she was defeated. Lynne is the founder and former chair of the Indonesian Co-ordination for the British Section of Amnesty International. Whilst an MP she was the Liberal Democrats' spokesperson on Health and Community Care, and then spokesperson on Social Security and Disability. She is also one the patrons for the domestic violence charity ManKind Initiative.

She was rated as the 35th best out of all 785 MEPs and 9th best of the 78 UK MEPs on promoting transparency and reform according to the Open Europe think tank. She was a founding member—and Vice President—of the European Parliament Intergroup MEPs Against Cancer.

Political career

Lynne has been an MP and an MEP. She sat as an MEP for the West Midlands from 1999 to 2012. On 5 November 2011 she announced that she would be stepping down from the position, and she did so on 3 February 2012. Her seat was filled by Phil Bennion, who was second on the Liberal Democrat party list.

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