The five Lib Dems who will sit in the Lib-Con cabinet

by Stephen Tall on May 12, 2010

As at lunchtime, here’s what we know:

  • Deputy Prime Minister – Nick Clegg
  • Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills – Vince Cable
  • Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – Chris Huhne
  • Secretary of State for Scotland – Danny Alexander
  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury – David Laws

No particular surprises here, all canny moves in one way or another. Nick Clegg is wise, I think, to avoid holding a cabinet portfolio – he’s going to be quite busy enough in the next few years keeping the party together.

Vince Cable would have found it difficult to play number two 2 to George Osborne, but needs to have an economic portfolio – so business makes a lot of sense. Equally the party needs to have someone senior at the Treasury given the current economic climate – and David Laws will not lack authority or credibility.

Chris Huhne is a great choice at environment, and it will be fascinating to see how the climate change deniers in the Tory party feel about having such a green cabinet minister in the coalition. And finally Danny Alexander is a natural fit for the Scottish office, given the Tories have only one MP to choose from.

And here are the Conservative party positions:

    Prime Minister – David Cameron
    Chancellor of the Exchequer – George Osborne
    Foreign Secretary – William Hague
    Secretary of State for Education – Michael Gove
    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Iain Duncan Smith (unconfirmed)
    Secretary of State for Health – Andrew Lansley
    Secretary of State for Defence – Liam Fox
    Secretary of State for Home Affairs and minister for Women and Equality – Theresa May
    Secretary of State of Justice and Lord Chancellor – Kenneth Clarke
    Chief Whip – Patrick McLoughlin