Democrat shadow cabinet:
Former Sutton LBC member Paul Burstow becomes shadow health secretary;
home secretary; Simon Hughes will be spokesperson for London as well as London mayoral candidate.
John Thurso will combine shadow transport and Scotland secretary; Don
Foster becomes shadow secretary for culture, media and sport; Sandra
Gidley will be spokesman for older people as well as shadow minister for
Tom Brake joins the shadow cabinet as shadow secretary for international
development; Malcom Bruce rejoins the shadow cabinet as shadow secretary
for trade and industry. Evan Harris, Nick Harvey, Archy Kirkwood and Jenny Tonge are all stepping down.
Mr Kennedy said:
'I am delighted to confirm this revised set of appointments, consisting of
the parliamentary team which will take us forward to the next general
The Liberal Democrats go into the new parliamentary season both united and
determined, positive and outward-looking. We are ready to compete even more
effectively with the other two parties and argue with sincerity and
persuasion for our vision of an improved Britain.
The party conference season, which followed the remarkable Brent by-election
campaign, has confirmed a Labour government riven with rivalries and a
Conservative party consumed with bitterness. The contrast with the Liberal
Democrats could hardly be more pronounced.
The new team provides the appropriate blend of experience and youth which is
the hallmark of our party. I look forward with fresh enthusiasm to the great
challenges and opportunities ahead.'
Leader The Rt Hon. Charles Kennedy
Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of
State for Foreign and Commonwealth
Affairs The Rt Hon. Menzies Campbell MP
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Mike Moore MP
Shadow Secretary of State for
International Development Tom Brake MP
Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable MP
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws MP
Shadow Home Secretary Mark Oaten MP
Shadow Health Secretary Paul Burstow MP
Shadow Education and Skills Secretary Phil Willis MP
Shadow Transport and Scotland Secretary John Thurso MP
London Mayoral Candidate and
Spokesperson for London Simon Hughes MP
Chair of the Parliamentary Party* Matthew Taylor MP
Shadow Office of the
Deputy Prime Minister Edward Davey MP
Shadow Environment Secretary Norman Baker MP
Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary Andrew George MP
Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions Steve Webb MP
Shadow Defence Secretary Paul Keetch MP
Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary Malcolm Bruce MP
Shadow Welsh Secretary and Shadow
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Lembit Opik MP
Shadow Culture, Media and Sport
Secretary Don Foster MP
Shadow Leader of the House Paul Tyler MP
Chief Whip Andrew Stunell MP
Shadow Minister for Women and
Spokesman for Older People Sandra Gidley MP
Leader in the Lords The Rt Hon. Baroness
Chief Whip in the Lords Lord Roper
*Elected position subject to confirmation by the parliamentary party.
* Lord Dholakia, President of the Liberal Democrats and Lord
Razzall, Chair of the Campaigns and Communications Committee, are also
invited to attend Shadow Cabinet meetings by virtue of party office.
Details of consequential changes of shadow ministerial responsibilities will
follow in due course.
* Matthew Taylor MP has been asked to oversee the preparation
of the next General Election manifesto which he will co-author with Dr
Richard Grayson, Director of Policy.
* Evan Harris MP is leaving the Shadow Cabinet for personal
reasons. His partner was recently diagnosed with a serious form of cancer.
He hopes to return to the Shadow Cabinet at some time in the future .
* Sir Archy Kirkwood MP wishes to concentrate on his existing
parliamentary duties as a Select Committee Chairman and a member of the
House of Commons Commission.
* Jenny Tonge MP has already announced that she won't be
contesting the next General Election and had indicated before the recess
that she wanted to step down from the Shadow Cabinet.
* Nick Harvey MP also announced before the recess his
intention to step down from the Shadow Cabinet.
* Number of members of Shadow Cabinet has been reduced from 29