Menzies makes a return to Lib Dems’ top team
Liberal Democrat former leader and ex-fife MP Menzies Campbell has been brought back into the party’s top team as part of a reshuffle announced by Sir Vince Cable.
After a decade-long absence from the front benches, Lord Campbell of Pittenweem becomes defence spokesman.
With just 12 Lib Dems holding seats in the House of Commons, peers feature heavily in the list.
Former journalist Christine Jardine takes over the Scotland brief from Jamie Stone, who will now speak on the armed forces. Tim Farron, who quit as leader after the general election, has been tasked with drawing up plans to regenerate the North of England under the shake-up.
Sir Vince will take on the economic and business roles, a move that reflects his expertise and experience in predicting the causes of the financial crisis and five years as business secretary, the Lib Dems said.
It comes after Norman Lamb announced last month that he was stepping down as health spokesman. He has been replaced by Baroness Jolly.
Former Fife MP Lord Campbell is defence spokesman.