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Wednesday, 12 February, 2003, 21:56 GMT
Lib Dems elect deputy leader
Menzies Campbell
Menzies Campbell is also foreign affairs spokesman
Menzies Campbell has been elected deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats after a vote by his party colleagues.

The MP for North East Fife beat the Lib Dem environment spokesman Malcolm Bruce by 31 votes to 22.

Mr Campbell will continue his role as the party's Foreign Affairs spokesman.

Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy said both men had been strong candidates for the deputy leadership and he looked forward to working with Mr Campbell.

Charles Kennedy
Charles Kennedy: "I look forward to working with him."

Mr Kennedy added: "With our commitment to public services, the environment and human rights and with the Tory party in chaos, the Liberal Democrats are overtaking the Conservatives to become the only effective, distinctive and responsible opposition.

"Every so often there is a sea change in British politics. I believe we are on the brink of another profound sea change.

"The Liberal Democrats are the party of the future and I look forward to working with Menzies as we move forward and grow as a party, and a political force in Britain."

Mr Campbell, 61, replaces Alan Beith who had to resign as deputy leader after becoming chairman of the select committee on the Lord Chancellor's Department last week.

Mr Campbell was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma last November, for which he has received chemotherapy.

However he has continued his role as foreign affairs spokesman, loudly voicing objections to the government's stance on Iraq.

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