+++ Clegg reshuffles Shadow Cabinet

Highlights from the full story:

Simon Hughes: Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Steve Webb: Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
David Heath: Shadow Leader of the House
Jenny Willott: Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
David Howarth: Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Susan Kramer: chosen to leave the shadow cabinet to take up a new role leading the party’s campaign against the expansion of Heathrow Airport
Lynne Featherstone: Chair of the New Technology Board

Reactions include:
Steve Webb on his blog
Lynne Featherstone on her blog
The Guardian

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  • So we still have a front bench team of 40+.

    So we’ll still be running round westminster commenting in ‘an official capacity’ on the latest statutory intsrument on paper clip procurement (or whatever).

    A wasted opportunity to slash the number of spokespeople and tighten up our campaigning messages.

  • Good to see our pensions professor back at Pensions even though Jenny was doing a good job (and I’m sure will be good in her new role too).

  • Will David Howarth continue to shadow Solicitor-General, does anyone know?

    Interesting to note that about the only thing that corresponds with the November “leak” is Chris Huhne losing Justice.

  • Sadly:

    (1) Goldsworthy is still in;

    (2) Lyn Featherstone and Susan Kramer continue to be kept on the margins.

    Is David Heath really needed in what is basically a Parliamentary admin role? Wouldn’t he be better off getting seen and heard in Frome and Shepton Mallet?

  • Sorry, I’m “Anonymous”.

  • You cynic, Darrell. The Guardian is already reporting it, admittedly by saying “Leftwinger Steve Webb is casualty“.

    Oh, and: “Clegg has not delivered his threat to remove former leadership rival Chris Huhne from the environment post.” Good to know!

  • Liberal Neil 8th Jan '09 - 2:31pm

    Ned – we can’t possibly know what Clegg might have intended to do – after the leak he couldn’t possibly move Huhne!

  • Neil – I take your point generally. šŸ™‚

    Specifically for Huhne, though, I was slyly quibbling with the Grauniad that Clegg couldn’t move Huhne from environment now, having moved him from environment to home+justice 12.5 months ago.

  • Iain Coleman 8th Jan '09 - 4:35pm

    Good to see David Howarth at Justice. It’s a role that plays to his strengths.

  • “The point iā€™m really trying to make about Kennedy is this; we need a pugalist.”

    Can’t see that as Charles forte though….

  • Binky Fothergill 8th Jan '09 - 9:03pm


    I do agree it’s a bit ridiculous putting a woman in charge of technology (to say nothing of making that nice girl Jenny deal with all those horrible uncouth men from Lancashire), but you have to remember what poor Mr Clegg is up against. If he’d done something more sensible like making Lynne the shadow Cookery Secretary or sending Jenny to the Ministry of Poorly Children, the “PC brigade” would be up in arms!

  • Simon Wilson 8th Jan '09 - 9:23pm

    “Clegg having to do a postscript reshuffle only a year after setting up his shadow cabinet just shows up bad judgment in the first place. Instead of grumbling about very capable colleagues he should be apologising for putting them into the wrong slot.”

    Sorry Elizabeth, this reshuffle does not mean that at all. Like any team strengths and motivations change. Surely being prepared to make changes is a strength not a weakness. As our Parliamentary party grows, a squad approach is possible and a luxury we have never had before.

  • Pretty strong. I’m disappointed to see Julia Goldsworthy not get promoted, perhaps to education, as I feel David Laws isn’t particularly happy there.

    A shame, also, to see Jo Swinson not promoted. As the geeky among you may be aware, that BBC article about her being the youngest MP was one of the five most read things on the Politics site.

    David Howarth at Justice is, as always, a good choice.

  • What we’d like to do and what we can do are totally different. (Although I happen to agree with you, even if the Tories wouldn’t be my first port of call for agreement on policy).

  • In fairness to the Guardian (having moaned about their coverage yesterday), they improved that article from yesterday, and today’s is less annoying.

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