Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has made the following changes to his ministerial team, following the decisions of Norman Baker MP; Mark Hunter MP and Jenny Willott MP to stand down as Minister of State at the Home Office and Assistant Government Whips respectively:
• Lynne Featherstone MP has been appointed Minister of State for Crime Prevention at the Home Office.
• Baroness Northover has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development at DfID.
• Lorely Burt MP has been appointed as an Assistant Government Whip.
• Tom Brake MP has been appointed as an Assistant Government Whip, in addition to his current role as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.
• Baroness Garden has been appointed as a Government Whip; Baroness in Waiting; and Government Spokesperson in the House of Lords.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg said:
“I completely understand and respect the decisions that Norman, Mark and Jenny have taken to stand down from their ministerial positions to concentrate on their roles as constituency MPs. They have all been outstanding ministers and made an enormous contribution to the success of the Coalition Government.
“The Liberal Democrats are extremely fortunate to have a large number of talented people on our benches ready to step into their shoes.
“Lynne Featherstone has been an exceptional minister over the last four and a half years and returns to the Home Office, where her tough but liberal approach will be invaluable.
“Baroness Northover will bring her considerable knowledge in continuing Lynne’s fine work at the Department for International Development.
“Lorely Burt has been a steadfast and loyal supporter of the Coalition Government and will be an effective and diligent whip, whilst remaining the Women in Enterprise champion for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
“Tom Brake’s success in his role as Deputy Leader of the House leaves me in no doubt that he will combine that role with being a government whip with ease.
“Baroness Garden deservedly returns to the front bench of the House of Lords to bring her considerable expertise and experience to the Coalition Government.
“I am privileged to lead a first rate ministerial team who will continue to work every day in government to create opportunity for everyone by building a stronger economy and a fairer society.”
Lynne Featherstone said:
“I am very happy to be returning to the Home Office. I am very proud of what I was able to achieve in my previous role there, not least introducing equal marriage, ending the fingerprinting of children and banning wheel clamping on private land.
“I am also looking forward to continuing my work tackling violence against women and girls and on ending FGM at home and abroad. I have always had a very constructive relationship with Theresa May and I look forward to working with her again.”
Lindsay Northover said:
“I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed to Parliamentary Under-Secretary Secretary of State in DfID. This is a wonderful department making a huge difference to the poorest around the World, especially women and girls who are so often the most vulnerable.
“Lynne has been an absolutely outstanding Minister and I am pleased to follow her.”
Sue Garden said:
“I am very pleased to have been offered a return to the position of Government Whip. I look forward to working within the Coalition Government to champion Lib Dem causes and work towards a stronger economy and fairer society for all.”
Lorely Burt said:
"I am delighted with my new role, but – as ever - will carry on fighting as hard as I can to deliver for my constituents in Solihull , including campaigning for more hospital beds for mental health patients.
“As Assistant Government Whip I will also continue the Liberal Democrat work of creating opportunity for everyone by building the stronger economy and a fairer society that Britain needs.”