Vince Cable demoted and replaced by Danny Alexander in Lib Dem election cabinet

Business Secretary Vince Cable has been snubbed in Nick Clegg’s election cabinet.

The coalition cabinet member and Lib Dem stalwart, who is 71, has been overlooked in favour of 42-year-old Danny Alexander.

Alexander is now the party’s economic spokesperson in the Lib Dem election cabinet, Clegg confirmed this morning, after rumours of the move last night.

Alexander currently serves as chief secretary to the Treasury. The Scottish MP is widely thought of as Clegg’s right-hand man and his possible favourite to succeed the party leader, when he eventually steps down.

(Side note: Labour’s Harriet Harman once notoriously referred to Alexander as a “ginger rodent”.)

There weren’t many other surprises in the line-u (below).

That said, not all names in the election cabinet will be familiar to the public.

That’s because some roles were given to MPs not currently in government, due to the small number of Lib Dems in the coalition cabinet.

A spokesman for Mr Clegg told The Telegraph: “This is putting the entire election team on an election footing - this is a general election cabinet making sure we have every portfolio covered going into polling day.”

Here’s the Lib Dem election cabinet in full:

  • Treasury - Danny Alexander
  • Home Affairs - Lynne Featherstone
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs - Tim Farron
  • Business, Innovation and Skills - Vince Cable
  • Energy and Climate Change - Ed Davey
  • Defence - Nick Harvey
  • Transport - Susan Kramer
  • Women, Equalities & Families - Jo Swinson
  • Europe – Mike Moore
  • Education - David Laws
  • Health - Norman Lamb
  • Work and Pensions - Steve Webb
  • Communities and Local Government - Stephen Williams
  • Older people, Ageing and Care – Paul Burstow
  • Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Dan Rogerson
  • International Development - Martin Horwood
  • Culture, Media and Sport - John Leech
  • Scotland - Alistair Carmichael
  • Wales - Jenny Randerson
  • Northern Ireland - Lorely Burt
  • Justice and Attorney General - Simon Hughes
  • Leader of the House of Commons and Minister for London - Tom Brake
  • Constitutional & Political Reform, Leader of the House of Lords - Jim Wallace
  • Chief Whip in the House of Commons - Don Foster
  • Chief Whip in the House of Lords - Dick Newby
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to the DPM - Simon Wright

The Election Campaign Team 2015 comprises of:

  • Local and General Election Coordinator - Paddy Ashdown           
  • Deputy Local and General Election Coordinator - Olly Grender
  • Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Party - Malcolm Bruce                         
  • Party President - Sal Brinton
  • Chair of Diversity Engagement Group - Navnit Dholakia

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Readers' comments (2)

  • There will have to be a lot of double-bagging when the liberals are deservedly left with just seven seats after the election.and with a bit of luck the useless, treacherous and two-faced Clegg will have more time to take his children to school.

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  • What the heck does a "diversity engagement group" do? And if, as I suspect, it is charged with making the Lib Dems' candidate list more multi-cultural, just how do they define "diverse"? Are we talking gender? Skin colour? Racial origin ? (oh no, probably not that - it wouldn't be politically correct to ask about that, would it) Religion? (ditto) Sexual orientation? (ditto) It seems to me that the social engineering that these idiots have championed over the last ten or fifteen years has made a truly diverse society virtually impossible to obtain.

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