Tom Brake’s New Foreign Affairs role

Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, has been appointed the party’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson by the new Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron.

In addition, Tom - the longest-serving and most experienced Liberal Democrat MP remaining in the House of Commons - has been appointed Chief Whip and Leader of the House. 

Having previously held positions as Shadow Home Affairs Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Tom Brake will bring a wealth of experience to the Foreign Affairs role.

He 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.

Tom Brake’s positions as Chief Whip and Leader of the House can be seen as following on naturally from his previous work as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and Assistant Government Whip, while serving in the Coalition Government. 

Among Tim Farron’s other significant appointments are the health brief for former Care Minister and leadership candidate Norman Lamb, and the position of Economic Spokesman for Baroness Susan Kramer.

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 demonstrates the strength that still remains within the Liberal Democrats.”

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