List of United Kingdom Liberal Democrat MPs (2017–2019)

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Twelve Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament (MPs) were elected to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom at the 2017 general election. Stephen Lloyd resigned the whip in December 2018 to vote for May's withdrawal agreement,[1] while former Labour and Change UK MP Chuka Umunna joined the party in June 2019 after quitting Change UK.[2] Jane Dodds was elected on 1 August 2019 in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election. Former Conservative and Change UK MP Sarah Wollaston joined the party on 14 August 2019.[3] Phillip Lee crossed the floor from the Conservative Party on 3 September 2019 due to disagreements over the Conservatives' handling of Brexit,[4] followed by former Labour and Change UK independent Luciana Berger two days later.[5] Two days after Berger's defection Angela Smith, another former Labour and Change UK independent, also joined the Lib Dems.[6] On 14 September, at the start of the Liberal Democrats conference in Bournemouth, Sam Gyimah defected to the party from the Conservatives.[7] On 7 October, former Change UK leader (and, before that, Conservative MP) Heidi Allen joined the Liberal Democrats, becoming their 19th MP.[8] Stephen Lloyd was elected as a Liberal Democrat but resigned the Liberal Democrat whip in order to support the proposed European Union withdrawal agreement. He sat as an independent from 6 December 2018, though remained a party member, until he re-joined the whip on 29 October 2019. On 31 October 2019 expelled Conservative MP Antoinette Sandbach became the 21st Liberal Democrat MP.[9]

MPs[edit]

Name Parliamentary roles Age Time in
Parliament
Constituency Majority &
2017 affiliation
State party
[Note 1]
Regional party
Jo Swinson Leader 39 2005–2015
2017–present
East Dunbartonshire 5,339 Scotland
Ed Davey Deputy Leader 53 1997–2015
2017–present
Kingston and Surbiton 4,124 England London
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chuka Umunna Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 41 2010–present[Note 2] Streatham 26,285 England London
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
Christine Jardine Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department 59 2017–present Edinburgh West 2,988 Scotland
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
Deputy Chief Whip
Tom Brake Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union 57 1997–present Carshalton and Wallington 1,369 England London
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Jamie Stone Shadow Secretary of State for Defence 65 2017–present Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross 2,044 Scotland
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Vince Cable Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office 76 1997–2015
2017–present
Twickenham 9,762 England London
Layla Moran Shadow Secretary of State for Education 37 2017–present Oxford West and Abingdon 816 England South Central
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Wera Hobhouse Spokesperson for Environment and Food 59 2017–present Bath 5,694 England Western Counties
Spokesperson for Climate Emergency
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Tim Farron Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government 49 2005–present Westmorland and Lonsdale 777 England North West
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
North of England (Northern Powerhouse) spokesperson
Alistair Carmichael Chief Whip 54 2001–present Orkney and Shetland 4,563 Scotland
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Jane Dodds Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats 56 2019–present Brecon and Radnorshire 1,425 Wales
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
Spokeswomen for Rural Affairs
Norman Lamb Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee[10] 62 2001–present North Norfolk 3,512 England East of England
Sarah Wollaston Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee 57 2010–present[Note 3] Totnes 13,477 England Devon and Cornwall
Chair of the Liaison Committee
Phillip Lee Shadow Secretary of State for Justice 49 2010–present[Note 4] Bracknell 16,016 England South Central
Luciana Berger Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care 38 2010–present[Note 5] Liverpool Wavertree 29,466 England North West
Angela Smith Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 58 2005–present[Note 6] Penistone and Stockbridge[Note 7] 1,322 England Yorkshire and the Humber
Sam Gyimah Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 43 2010–present[Note 8] East Surrey 23,914 England South East
Heidi Allen none 44 2015–present[Note 9] South Cambridgeshire 15,952 England East of England
Stephen Lloyd none 62 2010–2015
2017–present
Eastbourne 1,609 England South East
Antoinette Sandbach none 50 2015–present[Note 10] Eddisbury 11,942 England North West

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See article 2.1 of The Federal Constitution of the Liberal Democrats
  2. ^ Elected as a Labour MP; resigned from the Labour Party on 18 February 2019 to jointly found The Independent Group (later styled Change UK); resigned from Change UK on 4 June 2019; joined the Liberal Democrats on 13 June 2019.
  3. ^ Elected as a Conservative MP; defected to The Independent Group on 20 February 2019; resigned from Change UK on 4 June 2019; joined the Liberal Democrats on 14 August 2019.
  4. ^ Elected as a Conservative MP; defected to the Liberal Democrats on 3 September 2019.
  5. ^ Elected as a Labour and Co-operative MP; resigned from the Labour Party on 18 February 2019 to jointly found The Independent Group; resigned from Change UK on 4 June 2019; jointly founded The Independents (a technical group) on 10 June 2019; defected to the Liberal Democrats on 5 September 2019.
  6. ^ Elected as a Labour MP; resigned from the Labour Party on 18 February 2019 to jointly found The Independent Group; resigned from Change UK on 4 June 2019; jointly founded The Independents on 10 June 2019; defected to the Liberal Democrats on 7 September 2019.
  7. ^ Represented Sheffield Hillsborough from 2005–2010 (constituency abolished and partially incorporated into Penistone and Stockbridge in 2010).
  8. ^ Elected as a Conservative MP; had the Conservative whip removed on 3 September 2019; joined the Liberal Democrats on 14 September 2019.
  9. ^ Elected as a Conservative MP; resigned from the Conservative party on 20 February 2019, joining and later serving as leader of Change UK; resigned from Change UK on 4 June 2019; joined the Liberal Democrats on 7 October 2019.
  10. ^ Elected as a Conservative MP; had the Conservative whip removed on 3 September 2019; joined the Liberal Democrats on 31 October 2019.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd resigns the Lib Dem Party Whip". Eastbourne Herald. 6 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Chuka Umunna joins the Lib Dems after quitting Change UK". BBC News. BBC. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  3. ^ Walker, Peter (14 August 2019). "Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston joins the Liberal Democrats". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  4. ^ Proctor, Kate; Walker, Peter (3 September 2019). "Phillip Lee quits Tories, leaving government without a majority". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  5. ^ "BREAKING Ex-Labour MP Luciana Berger joins Liberal Democrats". Daily Mirror. 5 September 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  6. ^ @thesundaytimes (7 September 2019). "Sunday Times exclusive: Angela Smith MP has defected to the Liberal Democrats" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 September 2019 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Savage, Michael (14 September 2019). "Sam Gyimah slams 'populist Johnson' as he joins Lib Dems". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  8. ^ Democrats, Liberal (7 October 2019). "Heidi Allen joins the Liberal Democrats". @LibDems. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  9. ^ Ex-Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach joins Liberal Democrats, BBC News, 31 October 2019
  10. ^ "MPs vote for Select Committee Chairs - News from Parliament". UK Parliament.

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