(Liz Lynne was the second to respond to the questions I posed in my earlier Presidential post, and here are her answers in full after the cut. I’ve formatted them as she had them in the Word document she sent but not edited them in any way, but please tell me if anything looks wrong. You can, of course, ask any questions about her answers in the comments.)

I thought your blog was very good and you are right we are all saying very similar things which isn’t really surprising as we are all running for the same post and we are all Liberal Democrats.
You ask my views on contentious issues which is fair enough but in my view the President isn’t there to give their own views but to represent the views of the Party in the country to the centre. The members and activists are the Party. However I share a lot of members views about the bedroom tax and always have done along with some of the other welfare reforms. You will probably now get similar views on all the contentious issues on health on secret courts etc. in other words all policies that weren’t Lib Dem ones.
The President doesn’t specifically have the responsibility for deciding on Policy and which way MPs vote in Parliament. Having said that personally I would have liked to have seen a greater differentiation between us and the Tories from the very start and for us to have made clear which were our policies and which were not. Hindsight is a great thing. Coalition is always difficult as we can see from other European countries where quite often the junior coalition party has been wiped out. We were not used to coalition in this country and I think it was difficult to know which way to play it particularly as the Press were saying it would collapse. I still think we were right to go into coalition in order to get us out of the financial mess we were in and we have achieved a great deal of our manifesto commitments.
Now to why I would be the best person for the role. To my mind a lot of it is down to the different experiences we have had and where we come from.
I have never really seen myself ever as part of the establishment perhaps because I took a very different route into elected politics. I come from a single parent family and was brought up in relative poverty as my mother had to take any job that provided accommodation to keep us together. I went to ten different schools before I was eleven and left school when I was sixteen so not your average background for a politician. Apart from knowing poverty and homelessness when I was a child I have also known what it is like to be on benefits as an adult hence my concern over the years about how we deal with the Social Security system in this country.
I went to my first Liberal meeting when I was eleven but apart from delivering leaflets I didn’t get heavily involved until I moved to London and became an activist and grassroots campaigner in the old Paddington constituency. I stood for Council in the Queens Park ward for the Liberals.
The first Parliamentary seat I stood for was in Harwich in the Eastern region for the then Liberal/SDP Alliance in 1987 and I helped to take us from third place to second.
In 1989 I was selected for the seat of Rochdale and held the seat for the Liberal Democrats against all odds in 1992. I first became front bench spokesperson on Health and then on Social Security. I also covered the disability portfolio. Due to the Labour landslide and boundary changes I lost the seat in 1997. I know about the joys of winning and the devastation of losing.
I then went on to win the West Midlands European seat for the Liberal Democrats in 1999 and then won again in 2004 and 2009. I stood down in 2012 in order for my successor to become known before the election.
Because of the experiences I have had and the fact that I have fought urban and rural seats against both Labour and Conservatives, I can relate to a great deal of the problems that we are facing across the country.
Another great strength I have is my media experience having represented the Party on TV and radio and in the Press for many years on programmes such as Newsnight and Question Time.
The President must also be able to devote a great deal of time to travelling around the whole of the UK. Over the last few months I believe I have demonstrated that I not only have the time but also have the commitment. I am writing this on my way back from campaigning in Aberdeen in the referendum debate.
As far as the Party internally is concerned I have outlined elsewhere various priorities I have. I thought it was important to give you a flavour of who I am and what has shaped my thinking rather than the mother and apple pie that you were eluding to in your blog.