Saturday, January 10, 2009

Clegg reveals Liberal Democrat General Election Team

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg today announced his team for the next General Election.

He said: “I am proud to lead the best front-bench team in British politics, a team which has consistently been ahead of the curve on the big debates that matter to the British people.

“This team leaves the Liberal Democrats well placed to take the fight to both Labour and the Conservatives in the run-up to the General Election and to bring about the change that Britain needs.”

The new roles are:

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 has chosen to leave the shadow cabinet to take up a new role leading the party’s campaign against the expansion of Heathrow Airport.

Nick Clegg is also creating an economic recovery group to co-ordinate the party’s ongoing response to the recession.

Nick has asked Lynne Featherstone to oversee the party’s online campaigning as Chair of the New Technology Board.

John Sharkey, the Leader’s adviser on strategic communications, is appointed Deputy Chair of the General Election campaign. He will work closely with Lord Rennard, Chair of the General Election campaign, and Chris Fox, the party’s new Director of Policy and Communications.

Lord Wallace of Tankerness, former Deputy First Minister of Scotland, has been appointed to advise on the party's engagement with senior civil servants.


Frank Little said...

It's good to see David Heath back on the front bench. To my mind, he is our most effective parliamentary performer.

There are not many people in parliament who know more about pensions than Steve Webb, so it is good to see him return to that brief, even at the risk of his being pigeon-holed.

Lynne Featherstone is a good choice as communications "czarina", though I think she deserves a higher-profile job, as does Jenny Willott.

There must be grave reservations about the appointment of ex-Saatchi man John Sharkey and the reputedly "right-wing" Chris Fox. The party will lose more than it gains by publicly snuggling up to the Tories.

rob's uncle said...

Good old Aberavon - 2 days behind the times as usual!