Issued by: Hannah Gardiner, London Press Office
Embargo: 6pm, 14th January 2000

Liberal Democrats appoint new Shadow Minister for London

Kennedy appoints Davey as London Spokesman

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Affairs Spokesman has announced that he is to hand over responsibility as London Spokesman to Edward Davey MP, who has been appointed by Liberal Democrat Leader Charles Kennedy MP, with effect from tomorrow.

Simon Hughes MP said:

“I have decided, as we begin the second half of this Parliament, and after eleven and a half years in the job, that it is time to ask another Parliamentary colleague to lead Liberal Democrat campaigning for London in Parliament.

“After taking on Home Affairs responsibilities across the country and being responsible for at least twelve Home Affairs Bills in this Parliamentary Session alone, it would be impossible to do justice both to that job and to our campaign in London. Now is a good time to hand on the baton.

“We have buoyant membership, a record number of councillors, a record number of councils under our control and a record number of London MPs and Peers in Parliament, as well as our first MEP. Compared to when the new party began and I took on the job in July 1988, Liberal Democrats are increasingly transforming the London political scene.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we are poised to hold the balance of power on the new GLA this year. Our twelve years of success so far, owe most to our thousands of members who do the work on the ground and make daily contact with the people of our great city. London has a great future, Liberal Democrats in London have great future. My successor, Edward Davey, has the full confidence of the whole party as he takes on this important job at this most exciting time.”

Edward Davey MP said:

“This is an exciting time to lead the Liberal Democrats in London. Electing Susan Kramer to be London’s Mayor is my first priority. As the only united party of the main three in the capital, with the others in total disarray, I believe Liberal Democrats are set to cause an upset in the race for London’s Mayor.

“Susan Kramer and I will campaign together on the issues that have won London Liberal Democrats huge success in recent years - the need to invest in the NHS, increase police numbers and revive local communities.

“Above all, Susan and I will show that only the Liberal Democrats have a workable solution to London’s transport nightmare.

“Simon Hughes is a hard act to follow. For many years he has been the public face of London Liberal Democrats. He has led the party to major parliamentary and council triumphs - with our defeat of Labour in Islington only the latest of many. His commitment, energy and courage are legendary. Like many others, I am personally grateful for the support and help he has given me over the years. I know I’ll always have his advice and guidance.”

ENDS.

Note to editors:
Edward Davey MP will announce the portfolio responsibilities of the London MPs at a later date.

Issued by: Keith Reed
Embargo: Immediate, 17/01/00

Charles Kennedy appoints Edward Davey as Shadow Minister for London

Liberal Democrat Leader Charles Kennedy MP on Friday announced the appointment of Kingston & Surbiton’s MP, Edward Davey, as the party’s new shadow minister for London. He will be taking over from the Liberal Democrats well known and highly respected Shadow Home Affairs Spokesman, Simon Hughes MP. This hand over ofresponsibility is due to take effect from Monday 17 January 2000.

Commenting on the change, Simon Hughes MP said:

"After taking on Home Affairs responsibilities across the country, it would be impossible to do justice both to that job and to our campaign in London. It is time for me to hand over the job to a younger man.

"My successor, Edward Davey, has the full confidence of the whole party as he takes on this important job at this most exciting time. We all know he has the talent and drive to get the job done"


Edward Davey MP added:

"Electing Susan Kramer to be London’s Mayor is my first priority. As the only united party of the main three in the capital, with the others in total disarray, I believe Liberal Democrats are set to cause an upset in the race for London’s Mayor.

"Susan Kramer and I will campaign together on the issues that have won London Liberal Democrats huge success in recent years - the need to invest in the NHS, increase police numbers and revive local communities.

"Above all, Susan and I will show that only the Liberal Democrats have a workable solution to London’s transport nightmare.

"Simon Hughes is a hard act to follow. For many years he has been the public face of London Liberal Democrats. His commitment, energy and courage are legendary. Like many others, I am personally grateful for the support and help he has given me over the years. I know I’ll always have his advice and guidance."

ENDS.

Note to editors:
1. Edward Davey MP will announce the portfolio responsibilities of the London MPs at a later date.

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