Posts Tagged “reshuffle”

How – or will – Nick Clegg replace Norman Baker in the home office?

by Stephen Tall on November 4, 2014

Norman Baker’s decision to quit as Lib Dem home office minister — citing significant differences with his boss at the department, the Tories’ Theresa May — means a vacancy has opened up. How will Nick Clegg fill it? We’re unlikely to have long to wait, but here are what I see as his options… Nick […]

Danny Alexander, not Vince Cable, designated Lib Dem shadow chancellor (oh, and no Lib Dem reshuffle)

by Stephen Tall on October 18, 2014

The Guardian’s Nick Watt reports today the long-trailed announcement that Danny Alexander, Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury, will take on the role of the party’s shadow chancellor at the 2015 election: Nick Clegg has decided that Alexander, his closest ally in the cabinet, will be the Lib Dem Treasury spokesman during the campaign […]

Reshuffle redux: how Lib Dem members rated the ministerial performances of the sacked and the promoted

by Stephen Tall on October 12, 2013

I posted earlier the most recent ratings by Lib Dem members of the party’s government ministers. Here’s how those affected by the reshuffle have done over the three-plus years we’ve been running our members’ surveys… Sacked Michael Moore (Secretary of State for Scotland, May 2010 to Oct 2013) Jeremy Browne (Minister – Foreign Office, May […]

Lib Dems should have had no part in ‘Knights of the Long Knives’ reshuffle honours

by Stephen Tall on September 5, 2012

Nick Harvey’s had a tough week. On Tuesday his ministerial career was brought to an abrupt and surprising halt when Nick Clegg told him he was ‘trading’ his post of armed forces minister for a Lib Dem foothold in another department. The North Devon MP has been a victim of his own success. So shrewdly […]

Will the reshuffle actually matter?

by Stephen Tall on September 5, 2012

That’s the title of a post I’ve written for the Endeavour Public Affairs website here. And here’s my answer… Will this reshuffle actually matter? That’s the question which looms over the current version of musical chairs currently obsessing the Westminster (…)

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What the three departing Lib Dem ministers have said as they leave government

by Stephen Tall on September 4, 2012

You can catch up on the rolling LibDemVoice live-blog of today’s reshuffle here and the current list of official Lib Dem appointments here. Three Lib Dem ministers are at the time of writing departing the Coalition Government for the backbenches. Each of them has issued statements as follows: Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat MP for Brent […]

Reshuffle round-up: it looks like good news for Swinson & Laws

by Stephen Tall on August 27, 2012

There’s been plenty of reshuffle chit-chat overt the past few weeks, much of it speculative. However, the Sunday papers appears to included some pretty well-sourced information which went beyond the usual space-filling ‘who knows?’, and appears to suggest good news for both Jo Swinson and David Laws — both of whom enjoyed strong support in […]

Jo Swinson, Julian Huppert & David Laws top Lib Dem members’ reshuffle promotion wish-list

by Stephen Tall on August 23, 2012

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 500 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. LDV asked: Which backbench Lib Dem MPs who are not current ministers would you like to […]

What do we Lib Dems want from a reshuffle?

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2012

While the massed ranks of the mostly right-wing political commentariat obsess about the imminent Cabinet reshuffle, Lib Dem interest has been relatively muted. In one sense this isn’t surprising. As it stands, 18 of the party’s 57 MPs are on the government payroll, so Nick Clegg has little room for manouevre even among the middle […]

Who Lib Dem members want to see stay/axed in the next Cabinet reshuffle

by Stephen Tall on August 20, 2012

Lib Dem Voice polled our members-only forum recently to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Some 500 party members have responded, and we’re publishing the full results. LDV asked: In the next couple of months David Cameron and Nick Clegg are likely to […]



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