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Children, schools and families - David Laws

After gaining a double first in maths at Cambridge, David Laws had a high-flying career in banking before entering Parliament in 2001 as MP for Yeovil, the seat of former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown.

He is seen as being on the economically liberal right of the party and was one of the MPs behind The Orange Book - setting out a more free market approach to Lib Dem policy.

But he rebuffed an attempt by the Conservatives to poach him in March 2007, reportedly telling George Osborne he was "not a Tory".

He impressed Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell with his mastery of the unglamorous work and pensions brief and was rewarded in the July 2007 reshuffle with the newly-created post of children, schools and families spokesman.

David Laws

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