++Breaking news: Jo Swinson announces Shadow Cabinet

Jo Swinson has just announced her Shadow Cabinet.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet
Jo Swinson Leader
Ed Davey Chancellor of the Exchequer
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Chuka Umunna Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
International Development
International Trade
Christine Jardine Home Department
Women and Equalities
Deputy Chief Whip
Tom Brake Exiting the European Union
Duchy of Lancaster
Jamie Stone Defence
Vince Cable Health and Social Care
Layla Moran Education
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Wera Hobhouse Climate Change and Environment
Tim Farron Housing, Communities and Local Government
Work and Pensions
North of England (Northern Powerhouse)
Alistair Carmichael Chief Whip
Northern Ireland
Jane Dodds Wales
Food & Rural Affairs
Catherine Bearder Europe
Siobhan Benita London
Willie Rennie Scotland
Kirsty Williams Wales
Dick Newby Leader of the House of Lords
Sal Brinton President of the Liberal Democrats

*Please note that Norman Lamb and Sarah Wollaston will attend relevant Shadow Cabinet meetings but given their roles as Chairs of respective Select Committees they will not take a formal Shadow Cabinet role.

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • Thank goodness we now have Tim Farron at Works and Pensions allied to Housing Communities and Local Government. The party might now focus on the UN Report on Poverty in the UK.

    I know Tim will be committed to this. I well remember him doing a homeless sleep out just after he was elected.

  • Good list.

  • David Warren 21st Aug '19 - 2:20pm

    @DavidRaw I agree 100 per cent. Welfare is a crucial policy area.

    I would love to see some proposals developed that move the debate onto what support the unemployed and long term sick really need.

    The current levels of JSA, ESA, UC are simply not enough to live on.

  • Shaun Whitfield 21st Aug '19 - 2:21pm

    I may be wrong, but I thought only Labour, as the Official Opposition, forms a Shadow Cabinet. Are not the Libdems listed above merely the spokespersons for the briefs they’ve been allocated to?

  • Malcolm Todd 21st Aug '19 - 3:16pm

    Also two people for Wales: but I note that neither Willie Rennie nor Kirsty Williams is a Westminster MP, so presumably they are to be the ‘devolved’ spokespersons for their home countries, whilst Jamie Stone and Jane Dodds (is she remaining as leader of Welsh LDs?) shadow the Secretaries of State in the Commons.

  • Yeovil Yokel 21st Aug '19 - 3:32pm

    Is there any significance in the absence of a Shadow Attorney General, or is that position taken by someone in the Lords, or does Christine Jardine cover that at Justice? There is, I hear, a certain QC on the Tory benches at risk of deselection…..

  • Yeovil Yokel 21st Aug '19 - 3:39pm

    Paul McGarry – Jamie Stone & Jane Dodds cover Scotland & Wales in the HoC, Willie Rennie & Kirsty Williams cover Scotland & Wales in their respective Assemblies/Parliaments.

  • Geoffrey Dron 21st Aug '19 - 3:49pm

    Norman Lamb and Sarah Wollaston will attend relevant Shadow Cabinet meetings but given their roles as Chairs of respective Select Committees they will not take a formal Shadow Cabinet role

    Excellent news – forgoing the expertise of these two would have been senseless.

  • It is good to see Tim Farron having Work and Pensions. I hope he will support our policy becoming the reversal of all the benefit cuts since 2010.

    I am disappointed to see a self-confessed economic liberal Ed Davey being named shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Perhaps Chuka Umunna would have been better in terms of us rejecting economic liberalism and embracing our social liberal economic tradition.

    Geoffrey Payne,

    In the “A Fairer Share for All” policy paper and motion we are allocating £50 billion (I assume over a five year Parliament) for a Rebalancing Fund to increase investment in the regions and nations.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 21st Aug '19 - 4:36pm

    As one might think from a leader who is doing things in a way that is both sensible and practical, a terrific set of roles well decided.

    It is a strong line up. Was never convinced Sir Ed was right at Home Affairs, but has got the position he shall do great things in, economics and business and energy together.

    Would like to see Christine Jardine toughen up the brief at the Home affairs issues like crime, and be more in tune with the fears on people getting away with things in awful situations.

    Agree with David Raw, Tim meant for Work and Pensions, great choices all.

  • Richard Underhill 21st Aug '19 - 10:02pm

    Geoffrey Dron 21st Aug ’19 – 3:49pm Vince Cable should say something about measles.
    Tim Farron had a Northern Ireland spokesman, at the heart of the Brexit issue.

  • Sandra Hammett 22nd Aug '19 - 10:03am

    Chuka Umunna is really flying up the ranks. From defector to LibDem Spokesperson on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, International Development & International Trade.
    An ambitious man like him will be leader by next year.
    Just like he wanted, to be the British Macron.

  • Richard Underhill 26th Aug '19 - 9:38am

    Jo Swinson has written to Jeremy Corbyn again about a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson’s government. Corbyn’s ambition to be interim PM is affecting the outcome of the vote, negatively. He will need to make his mind up.
    Labour has not replied.

  • Richard Underhill 26th Aug '19 - 9:43am

    Sandra Hammett: “Chuka Umunna is really flying”
    Yes, but there is no vacancy. He did not stand when there was a vacancy.
    Federal conference is the next event.
    Maybe he can persuade Heida Allen to join us.

  • Barring catastrophe, Jo Swinson will be Leader of the Liberal Democrats for a long time to come.

    Chuka Umunna’s talents should be welcomed in any role he agrees to take on.

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