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Lib Dem front bench - International affairs

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has divided his front bench into teams. Here are details of the MPs who will shadow the government on international affairs.

Foreign affairs - Ed Davey

Ed Davey

An economics expert, Ed Davey is given to making detailed, forensic speeches on tax and finance policies but also managed to get himself thrown out of the Commons during an impassioned outburst after failing to secure a debate on a referendum being held on the UK's membership of the EU.

He was formerly the Lib Dem spokesman for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, has served as a junior Treasury spokesman and was leader of the Lib Dem London Group.

Before being promoted to foreign affairs, he was party trade and industry spokesman, chief of staff and campaign co-ordinator.

Mr Davey, an MP since 1997, is the holder of an award for bravery after saving a woman who had fallen onto the tracks at a London train station.

Nick Harvey - Defence

Nick Harvey

Nick Harvey, an MP since 1992, has held a wide number of briefs within the party.

He has spoken on transport, trade and industry, English regions and health, and shadowed the deputy prime minister before being given the defence brief by Sir Menzies Campbell, a post he retained in Nick Clegg's first shadow cabinet.

Mr Harvey was also chairman of campaigns and communications for the party during the late 1990s.

Before becoming an MP, he worked in communications and marketing.

International development - Mike Moore

Michael Moore

Michael Moore, an MP since 1997, was defence spokesman before being promoted, at the age of 40, to the foreign affairs role in 2006, succeeding Sir Menzies Campbell.

Nick Clegg switched him to international development in his first shadow cabinet.

Mr Moore is also the deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the governor and vice-chairman of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

Before speaking on defence issues, Mr Moore was a junior foreign affairs spokesman.

He chaired the party's 1999 Scottish election campaign and spent two years as transport spokesman leading up to the 2001 election, before becoming the Lib Dem spokesman on Scottish affairs.

On the libertarian wing of the party, Mr Moore was once a parliamentary researcher and is a qualified accountant.

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