Thursday, December 20, 2007

The New Shadow Cabinet - The Scottish Perspective

Just had a quick scan through the new Clegg Shadow Cabinet and it is a mixed bag for the Scottish Lib Dem MPs.

For starters making room for Ed Davey as Shadow Foreign secretary is Michael Moore, who has been demoted within the same remit to Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. Ouch! Sorry giving him a change or field rather than sitting behind Ed would have been kinder. Although good to see the member for the only Lib Dem seat I've ever lived in getting recognition for his versatility.

Alistair Carmichael remains in situ as the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland. The two countries of the UK closest to my heart keep up the good work Alistair.

Danny Alexander whilst remaining as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is also Chair of manifesto group and the new Leader's chief of staff following Ed Davey. So a good day for one young Scottish MP.

Not so for another, Jo Swinson, who I recently watched in a excellent recent adjournment debate on allergies, has been Scottish Spokes person and then Woman and Equalities both roles she fulfilled admirably has been overlooked. I'm sure Jo will bounce back sooner rather than later though.

But our newest Scottish MP Willie Rennie has found himself in a new post that of Chair of Parliamentary campaigns team.

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