Siobhan Benita becomes Liberal Democrat spokesperson for London


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Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita is the party's new spokesperson for London. 

New party leader Jo Swinson named Siobhan in her first Shadow Cabinet as well as handing key roles to London's four Lib Dem MPs. 

Siobhan said: "I’m delighted and honoured to be part of Jo Swinson's new shadow cabinet."

The roles taken on by the four Liberal Democrat MPs in London are: 

  • Ed Davey - Chancellor of the Exchequer Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Chuka Umunna - Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; International Development; International Trade
  • Tom Brake - Exiting the European Union; Duchy of Lancaster
  • Vince Cable - Health and Social Care

Ed said: "We're now ready to form a government We have a great team to get the UK back on track, restore confidence, stop Brexit, and tackle its causes."

Chuka said: I'm absolutely delighted and honoured to have been appointed by Jo Swinson as the Lib Dems' new Shadow Foreign Secretary, scrutinising the work of Dominic Raab and the Foreign Office. 

"The biggest UK foreign policy issue is Brexit. I'm looking forward to continuing to work alongside Lib Dem colleagues to stop Brexit, to champion liberal values internationally, promote UK trade and uphold the UK's status as the second largest bilateral aid donor in the world."

Tom said: "Very pleased to be continuing in my role as Lib Dems' (anti-)Brexit spokesman. Also very much looking forward to sparring with Michael 'I emphatically do not want to run the risks that leaving without a deal would involve' Gove!"

Siobhan Benita, right, Chuka Umunna, second left, and MEP Luisa Porritt joined Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, centre, on stage to welcome new MP Sarah Wollaston 10 days ago

Jo, who became party leader in July, 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.”

The Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet in full

  • Jo Swinson - Leader
  • Ed Davey - Chancellor of the Exchequer Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Chuka Umunna - Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; International Development; International Trade
  • Christine Jardine - Home Department; Justice; Women and Equalities; Deputy Chief Whip
  • Tom Brake - Exiting the European Union; Duchy of Lancaster
  • Jamie Stone - Defence; Scotland
  • Vince Cable - Health and Social Care
  • Layla Moran - Education; Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Wera Hobhouse - Climate Change and Environment; Transport
  • Tim Farron - Housing, Communities and Local Government; Work and Pensions; North of England (Northern Powerhouse)
  • Alistair Carmichael - Chief Whip; Northern Ireland
  • Jane Dodds - Wales; Food & Rural Affairs
  • Catherine Bearder - Europe
  • Siobhan Benita - London
  • Willie Rennie - Scotland
  • Kirsty Williams - Wales
  • Dick Newby - Leader of the House of Lords
  • Sal Brinton - President of the Liberal Democrats

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