Liberal Democrats unveil shadow cabinet

The Liberal Democrats have joined the Labour and Conservative parties in announcing a re-shuffle.

In moves most relevant to HR, Norman Lamb takes over from Malcolm Bruce as trade and industry spokesman, while David Laws is promoted from number two in the Treasury team to be work and pensions spokesman.

Elsewhere, Ed Davey becomes the party’s education spokesman and Steve Webb takes over at health. The reshuffle means Webb leaves the pensions brief, where he had been seen as an expert.

Foreign affairs spokesman Sir Menzies Campbell, Treasury spokesman Vince Cable and home affairs spokesman Mark Oaten stay in their posts.

Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy said: “Following our excellent general election result on 5 May we have brought together a superb team of individuals, combining experience with youth.

“I am confident that we will continue to provide a real alternative to the Labour government as the new parliamentary session gets underway.”


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