In an email to party members this evening, Nick Clegg delivered the following news:
Tonight I’ve been hosting a reception to celebrate the Coalition’s commitment to equal marriage, an issue I’m very proud that Liberal Democrats are delivering on in Government.
I was delighted to be joined at the reception by Jo Swinson MP – who I’m pleased to announce is our new Equalities Minister, in addition to her role as Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs.
This news, I suspect, will be greeted with a very deep sigh of relief by many Lib Dems, not only because it means a Lib Dem will remain in charge of pushing through the coalition’s equalities agenda, but also because that Lib Dem is the highly-regarded Jo Swinson.
On the question of why this appointment was announced a week after the main reshuffle, I’m sure we can all take an educated guess at the answer. I’ll leave you to speculate on that in the comments below…
* Nick Thornsby is Thursday Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs here.