List of Deputy Leaders of the Liberal Democrats

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Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Official portrait of Jo Swinson.jpg
Incumbent
Jo Swinson

since 20 June 2017
Inaugural holderRussell Johnston
Formation3 March 1988

This is a list of deputy leaders of the Liberal Democrats, a political party in the United Kingdom. The position of deputy leader has never formally existed in the party constitution, however since the party's foundation, the Liberal Democrat parliamentary group in the House of Commons have usually elected a deputy leader. Although often referred to as the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, this post is actually only deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat parliamentary group in the House of Commons and not deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats as a whole.

Following the 2015 General Election, the Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament did not elect a deputy leader. Alistair Carmichael served on the Liberal Democrat frontbench team as Shadow First Secretary of State from 28 October 2016 until Swinson's election. Tom Brake served as Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons during is period. After the 2017 General Election, MP Jo Swinson stood for the deputy leadership and was elected unopposed.

List of Deputy Leaders of the Liberal Democrats[edit]

# Name Portrait Constituency Term began Term ended Concurrent Office(s) Leader(s)
1 Russell Johnston
(1932–2008)
RussellJohnston2 cropped.jpg Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber 16 July 1988 13 April 1992 President of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Ashdown
2 Sir Alan Beith
(1943–)
Official portrait of Lord Beith crop 2.jpg Berwick-upon-Tweed 13 April 1992 12 February 2003 Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman
Shadow Leader of the Commons
Kennedy
3 Sir Menzies Campbell
(1941–)
Sir Ming Campbell MP 2008 cropped.jpg North East Fife 12 February 2003 2 March 2006 Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs
Campbell1
4 Sir Vince Cable
(1943–)
Official portrait of Sir Vince Cable crop 2.jpg Twickenham 2 March 2006 26 May 2010 Spokesperson for the Treasury
Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
President of the Board of Trade
Cable2
Clegg
5 Sir Simon Hughes
(1951–)
Simon Hughes MP Liverpool cropped.jpg Bermondsey and Old Southwark 9 June 2010 28 January 2014 Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties
6 Sir Malcolm Bruce
(1944–)
Official portrait of Lord Bruce of Bennachie crop 2.jpg Gordon 28 January 2014 8 May 2015 Chair of the International Development Committee
Office not in use 8 May 2015 – 20 June 2017
Alistair Carmichael served as Shadow First Secretary of State from 28 October 2016
Tom Brake served as Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons from 29 July 2015 to 16 June 2017
Farron
7 Jo Swinson
(1980–)
Official portrait of Jo Swinson crop 2.jpg East Dunbartonshire 20 June 2017 Incumbent Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs
Cable

Notes:

  • 1 Campbell served as acting leader between the resignation of Charles Kennedy on 7 January 2006 and his own election as leader on 2 March 2006.
  • 2 Cable served as acting leader between the resignation of Menzies Campbell on 15 October 2007 and the election of Nick Clegg on 18 December 2007.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Federal Constitution of the Liberal Democrats

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