Southport MP John Pugh given Lib Dems’ education brief

The Liberal Democrats have appointed Southport MP John Pugh as their new education spokesperson.

Former religious studies teacher Mr Pugh, who went to Prescot Grammar School and Maidstone Grammar School before studying philosophy at Durham University, will provide the party’s opposition to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. He was one of just eight Lib Dem MPs, out of 56, to have held their seat in May’s General Election.

John Pugh MP. Pic:
John Pugh MP. Pic:

His appointment today was among 20 others, with the party’s leadership having been won by Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron a fortnight ago.

Mr Farron said: “I am delighted to be able to announce my team of party spokespeople.  The team I am announcing today is the Liberal voice that Britain desperately needs.

“It features some of the best campaigners that the party has, balanced with the experience and economic credibility that our party has developed over the last five years in government.

“It was important to me to be able to call on the advice and experience of people at all levels of our party and I believe we have an excellent team to lead the Lib Dem fight back.

“Together, we will take our ideas, our values and our liberal messages to every corner of Britain. We will make the case for housing, immigration, Europe, environmentalism and human rights.”

The full Lib Dem spokesperson team is:

Leader: Tim Farron MP

Economics: Baroness Susan Kramer

Foreign Affairs/Chief Whip/Leader of the house: Tom Brake MP

Defence: Baroness Judith Jolly

Home Affairs: Alistair Carmichael MP

Health: Norman Lamb MP

Education: John Pugh MP

Work and Pensions: Baroness Zahida Manzoor

Business: Lorely Burt

Energy and Climate Change: Lynne Featherstone

Local Government: Mayor of Watford, Cllr Dorothy Thornhill

Transport: Baroness Jenny Randerson

Environment and Rural Affairs: Baroness Kate Parminter

International Development: Baroness Lindsay Northover

Culture Media and Sport: Baroness Jane Bonham-Carter

Equalities: Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece

Justice/Attorney General: Lord Jonathan Marks

Northern Ireland: Lord John Alderdice

Scotland: Willie Rennie MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats

Wales: Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

Campaigns Chair: Greg Mullholland MP

Grassroots Campaigns: Coun Tim Pickstone, chief executive of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors

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