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No job for Welsh MP in Lib Dem team

The Welsh Liberal Democrats' only MP has been left out of the team of 22 party spokespersons appointed by the new Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron. With only eight MPs at Westminster, Mr Farron has given jobs to all his colleagues in the Commons apart Ceredigion MP Mark Williams and former party leader Nick Clegg.

The Lib Dems' spokesperson on Wales will be the party's Welsh leader, Kirsty Williams AM. She's one of several appointments from outside the Houses of Parliament but one Welsh Lib Dem peer has been given a job. The former Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson will speak on transport.


'She's not doing it for the money' - Clegg explains why new Wales Office minister is unpaid

The first-ever Lib Dem Wales Office minister will provide a 'distinctive, Welsh Liberal Democrat voice' at the heart of government, according to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. And he's defended the decision not to pay Baroness Randerson, who was appointed in this week's reshuffle.

Mr Clegg also refused to say whether or not the Wales Office should drop its proposals for changing the way the Assembly is elected, despite his opposition to boundary changes planned for Westminster elections. 'These things will play themselves out,' he said.

Second junior minister for Wales Office

The Liberal Democrat Baroness Jenny Randerson is to be a junior minister at the Wales Office, serving under David Jones and alongside Stephen Crabb.

I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary. It is a tremendous honour and privilege to be a Welsh Liberal Democrat representative in the Coalition Government. As a former Assembly Member, Welsh Government Minister and a committed devolutionist, I am particularly looking forward to developing the working relationship between the Welsh Government and the Wales Office to ensure that we all work together to enhance the lives of the people of Wales.

– Wales Office Minister Baroness Randerson