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Lib Dem front bench - Home 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 home affairs issues.

Home affairs - Chris Huhne

Chris Huhne

One of a batch of ambitious MPs elected in 2005, Chris Huhne's profile soared when he challenged for the party leadership, coming second to both Sir Menzies Campbell and, more recently, Nick Clegg.

His campaign was widely acclaimed, and Mr Clegg, who pipped him by just over 500 votes, appointed him home affairs spokesman in his first front bench team.

In March 2008 the role of justice spokesman was transferred to his portfolio when David Heath resigned his frontbench role after defying the party whip in a parliamentary vote on the controversial EU referendum.

A former economics journalist and businessman, Mr Huhne was the Lib Dems' deputy economics spokesman before moving to environment.

He was an MEP from 1999 to 2005, before becoming MP for Eastleigh.

Educated at Westminster School, the Sorbonne and Magdalen College, Oxford, he has written four books.

Attorney general - Lord Thomas

Lord Thomas

The former barrister and judge ran for Parliament eight times without success between 1964 and 1987, before becoming a life peer in 1996.

He has been a party spokesman on Welsh and home affairs.

Lord Thomas of Gresford is also qualified rugby coach and a member of the parliamentary choir.

Solicitor general - David Howarth

David Howarth

The former Cambridge University law lecturer became MP for the city in 2005, having been leader of the city council.

Before he was given the job of shadowing the solicitor general, he was a party spokesman on energy policy and community affairs.



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