Lib Dem shadow cabinet reshuffle – what's happened

by Stephen Tall on October 7, 2008

And the headlines are:

1. The Lisbon Treaty rebels are back in favour

Back in March, three Lib Dem front-benchers resigned in order to vote against the party whip and in favour of a referendum on Lisbon – but now:

> Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland) returns to the Northern Ireland and Scotland brief from which he resigned.
> Former countryside spokesman Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale) takes on the environment, food and rural affairs portfolio.
> And David Heath (Somerton & Frome) is appointed to lead a Commission on Privacy with a remit to examine the current state of privacy in the UK and how new technology can be used to protect rather than undermine the confidentiality of personal data.

2. New jobs for Webb and Teather, Thurso brought back

> Former environment spokesman Steve Webb (Northavon) takes on responsibility to shadow the new energy and climate change department.
> Sarah Teather (Brent East) moves from business, enterprise and regulatory reform to become housing spokeswoman for the party.
> Her old business portfolio goes to John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross).

Here’s Nick Clegg’s sound-bite:

The team I am announcing is a reflection of the vast talent in the Liberal Democrat party which will be able to hold the new cabinet to account. I look forward to working with them to take forward my agenda and show that the Liberal Democrats are the only party with practical plans to help people in their everyday lives.”

Hat-tip: Ananova.