Elizabeth joined the Lib Dems back in the 1980s as she realised that this was a party where ordinary people have their voice heard and where she could make a real contribution. The Lib Dems aren’t run by posh people or by the Unions, they’re a party which values each individual member.
Elizabeth has put this to the test. Back in 2008, she wanted the government to help working people by taxing them less. She campaigned within the Lib Dems to persuade the party to adopt the policy of raising the income tax threshold to the level of the minimum wage. Under Labour, people were paying tax if they earned just £120 a week. The Lib Dems agreed to raise the tax threshold to £10,000, just a little short of the minimum wage and it was on the front cover of the manifesto in 2010.
In government, the Lib Dems not only raised the threshold to £10,000, this April, it will be raised to £10,600. 26 million people are now paying less tax and 2 million people no longer pay any tax at all.
Elizabeth first stood for parliament in 1992. She is head of policy for Liberal Democrat Women and vice chair of the Lib Dem Christian Forum.
Elizabeth is an entrepreneur and set up her own manufacturing business which she ran for ten years. She currently works in Business Improvement as a Lean specialist for a utility company.