The reshuffle – who’s in and who’s out

We’re still updating our reshuffle live blog but now we’re starting to get a clearer picture of who’s in and who’s out, here’s a list of Lib Dems who we know are members of the government. This list will be updated when further appointments are confirmed.


With no changes to Lib Dems at Cabinet level, the line-up remains:

– Nick Clegg – Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council

– Danny Alexander – Chief Secretary to the Treasury

– Michael Moore – Secretary of State for Scotland

– Vince Cable – Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

– Ed Davey – Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Junior Posts

(Newly appointed minister appear in italics. The department(s) in which the minister is based is given in brackets)

– David Laws – Joint Minister of State in the Department for Education and Cabinet Office

– David Heath – Minister of State for Agriculture and Food (DEFRA)

– Norman Lamb – Minister of State for Care Services (Health)

– Jo Swinson – Minister of State for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs (BIS)

– Jeremy Browne – Minister of State at the Home Office

– Lynne Featherstone – Minister at the Department for International Development

– Tom Brake – Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

– Don Foster – Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government

– Norman Baker – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Regional and Local Transport (Transport)

– Lord (Tom) McNally – Minister of State for Human Rights and Civil Liberties (Justice)

– Steve Webb – Minister of State for Pensions (DWP)

– Lord (Jim) Wallace – Advocate General for Scotland

The Whips

It’s not clear whether any changes are planned to the whips offices of both houses. None have been necessitated by the other changes, so here is how things stood pre-reshuffle:

– Alistair Carmichael – Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Commons

– Mark Hunter – Assistant Government Whip in the House of Commons

– Jenny Willott –  Assistant Government Whip in the House of Commons

– Lord (Richard) Newby – Whip in the House of Lords

– Lord (William) Wallace – Whip in the House of Lords


There will have to be at least a slight switch around with Lib Dem Parliamentary Private Secretaries, not least because Nick Clegg’s PPS, Jo Swinson, has been promoted. We’ll bring you details as we get them.

Leaving Government

The reshuffle sees the following Lib Dems leave government:

– Nick Harvey – formerly Minister of State for the Armed Forces (Defence)

– Sarah Teather – formerly Minister of State for Children and Families (Education)

– Paul Burstow – formerly Minister of State for Care Services (Health)

– Andrew Stunell – formerly Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Cohesion (DCLG)

Please do tell us in the comments below of any updates or posts missed, or any errors.

* Nick Thornsby is a day editor at Lib Dem Voice.

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  • The Chief Whip in the Lords is Lord Newby – he replaced David Shutt in the new Parliament in May

  • Mark Pack Nick Thornsby 4th Sep '12 - 6:38pm

    Oops! Thanks, Ros. Amended.

  • Cadan ap Tomos 4th Sep '12 - 7:13pm

    Isn’t Jenny Willott an Assistant Whip too? Or at least, she was until today, I think.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 4th Sep '12 - 7:36pm

    Pink News says the Equalities brief has been given to a Tory. I had harboured hopes that Lynne would move to DCMS & keep the position.

    I’m very worried about future of Lynne’s work on issues like equal marriage, body confidence and violence against women. Am really not happy we’ve given such an important post up.

  • Have I miscounted? Have we gained one ministerial post? I have one less at defence but gained one in DEFRA and one at Int’l Development

  • Mark Pack Nick Thornsby 4th Sep '12 - 10:14pm


    We also lost one (Jeremy Browne) at the Foreign Office.

  • toryboysnevergrowup 4th Sep '12 - 10:38pm

    No LibDems left at Defence or the Foreign Office – the Tories must be planning to invade somewhere!

  • Paul Mrazek 4th Sep '12 - 11:20pm

    Pink News says the Equalities brief has been given to a Tory. I had harboured hopes that Lynne would move to DCMS & keep the position. Carol Lindsay

    Look at the track record. The end of funding for local equalities bodies including those providing discrimination casework advice, the public sector equality duty (one of the cornerstones of our strengthened equalities legislation) watered down to little more than a fig leaf , key sections of the Equality Act 2006 to be sacrificed on the alter of ‘light touch’ regulation and a neutered Equality and Human Rights Commission Interestingly it was Kenneth Clarke who was left to defend the Human Rights Act when it was attacked at last year’s Conservative Party Conference with hardly a murmur from the Liberal Democrats.

    One consolation though, Liberal Democrat Ministers will be saved the embarassment of having to justify these policies in Parliament. None of these attacks on equalities and human rights were in the Liberal Democrat ‘s2010 election manifesto, or part of the coalition agreement. They were freely offered up.The Conservatives may as well hold the equalities and human rights brief. I can’t see any difference.

  • All Lib Dem moves look fine. Sad about Lynne but if equal marriage goes ahead can live with it. Worst news for liberalism is Ken Clarke (reasonable, liberally minded justice secretary) out for Chris Grayling (compared moss side to the wire and thinks same sex couples should be chucked out of B&Bs)

  • Also, slight switch to domestic focus is good. We were never going to get any further with trident in defence, and I’d take a more senior position in the Home office over the FCO minister for latin america any day.

  • The reshuffle is sort of entertaining and I was interested enough in it to watch the resultant intrigue on news night. And then it was followed by an article on “food poverty”, the rise of “food banks” and the impact of government policy on “the Working poor”.. Very sobering.

  • Working in education, I am depressed to lose Sarah Teather. She was doing really good work with SEN legislation and in Early Years.I hope it will still go-ahead now, especially since David Laws has another job too. Pleased to see David back, but not sure why he needs two jobs!

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