Tuesday, 8 January 2008

They seek him here, they seek him there

With the recent announcement of Shadow Ministerial portfolios all Scottish Lib Dem MPs have got a berth except John Thurso, MP for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross. I wonder what the mustachioed one has done to incur the "wrath of Clegg"?

The full list of responsibilities and portfolio's are:

Jo Swinson - number 2 at Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Willie Rennie - number 2 at Defence & Chair of Parliamentary Campaigns Team
Mike Moore - Shadow Secretary of State for international Development
Danny Alexander - Shadow Secretary of State for Work & Pensions (Also Leader's Chief of Staff)
John Barrett - number 2 at DWP
Bob Smith - Shadow Deputy Leader of the House
Alistair Carmichael - Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland & Northern Ireland
Alan Reid - number 2 at Scotland & NI Office
Malcolm Bruce - Chair of the International Development Select Committee
Ming Campbell - Joins Foreign Affairs Select Committee and conducting a review into Britain's
future military capability
Charles Kennedy - President of the European Movement in the UK. Will also speak from the
Front Bench on European matters

I suspect that the John Thurso omission will be down to his views on nuclear power (against party policy) and he may well have requested that he was not given a portfolio. I couldn't quite resist tweaking his tail - or mustache!

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