Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson MP, has today announced her first Shadow Cabinet, declaring that she has built a team that will provide “the real alternative our country needs”.

The Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet is 50/50 gender balanced and has a membership of 15% BAME and she includes Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine as Deputy Chief Whip and Shadow Minister in the areas of Home Department, Justice and Women and Equalities.

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Ms Swinson said: “I am proud to announce my new Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet to stop Brexit.

“Given the threats from nationalism and populism, more than ever before, people are crying out for a new vision for our country.

“This new team will take the fight to this right wing Conservative Government and provide, where Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party have been absent, the real alternative our country needs.

“This is also a team ready to offer the solutions to the big issues people face, to lead the Liberal Democrats as the strongest remain party into a General Election, and to win a People’s Vote.”

 Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet
Jo SwinsonLeader
Ed DaveyChancellor of the Exchequer
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Chuka UmunnaForeign and Commonwealth Affairs
International Development
International Trade
Christine JardineHome Department
Women and Equalities
Deputy Chief Whip
Tom BrakeExiting the European Union
Duchy of Lancaster
Jamie StoneDefence
Vince CableHealth and Social Care
Layla MoranEducation
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Wera HobhouseClimate Change and Environment 
Tim FarronHousing, Communities and Local Government
Work and Pensions
North of England (Northern Powerhouse)
Alistair CarmichaelChief Whip
Northern Ireland
Jane DoddsWales
Food & Rural Affairs
Catherine BearderEurope
Siobhan BenitaLondon
Willie RennieScotland
Kirsty WilliamsWales
Dick NewbyLeader of the House of Lords
Sal BrintonPresident of the Liberal Democrats