Men­zies makes a re­turn to Lib Dems’ top team

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Getty.

For­mer Fife MP Lord Camp­bell is de­fence spokesman.

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