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Goldsworthy gets Lib Dem local government beat

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Julia Goldsworthy, the youngest MP in the House of Commons, has been appointed shadow communities and local government secretary for the Liberal Democrats.

Ms Goldsworthy, MP for Falmouth & Camborne and a one-time participant on reality television show The games, was appointed as part of new party leader Nick Clegg’s first front bench reshuffle.

Other prominent appointments include defeated leadership candidate Chris Huhne as shadow home secretary and Lembit Opik as housing spokesman.

However the appointment of former investment banker and prominent economic liberal David Laws to the position of shadow children, schools and families secretary could signal Mr Clegg’s intention to pursue a right-wing policy on public services.

Vince Cable, who drew praise for his energetic Commons performances whilst acting party leader, is rewarded with the position of deputy party leader.

But there is no place on the front bench for former local government spokesman Andrew Stunell.

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