New Foreign Affairs role for Tom Brake MP
Earlier this week, new Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron unveiled his new team of Party spokespeople following his recent success in the Party’s leadership contest.
Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, was appointed to the position of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, along with roles as Chief Whip and Leader of the House. The appointment of Mr Brake to a number of important roles, confirms his position as the longest-serving and most experienced Liberal Democrat MP remaining in the House of Commons.
Having previously held positions as Shadow Home Affairs Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Mr Brake will bring a wealth of experience to the Foreign Affairs role.
In this new role, Tom will work to promote and protect UK interests internationally as well as holding the Government to account on important issues such as trade, climate change, security and economic development.
Mr Brake’s positions as Chief Whip and Leader of the House, can be seen as a natural follow on from his previous work as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Assistant Government Whip, while serving in the Coalition Government.
Among the other significant appointments made by Mr Farron, former Care Minister and leadership candidate Norman Lamb has taken the health brief, while Baroness Susan Kramer has been appointed as Economics Spokesperson.
Commenting, Tom Brake said:
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve as Foreign Affairs spokesperson and believe that the appointments that Tim has made proves the strength that still remains within the Liberal Democrats.”