Tim Farron unveils Lib Dem campaigning priorities
Mr Farron, who became Lib Dem leader last month, has identified rural affairs, the EU referendum, mental health, immigration, civil liberties, the green economy, and housing as the main concerns of the parliamentary party.
“These are the core issues I want the Liberal Democrats to stand out on and take a lead on,” he said.
“Sensible, liberal and evidence-based views are already being woefully ignored by the Tory government - so it’s up to Liberal Democrats to make this case.
“Whether it’s helping young people in rural areas find work, or ensuring those with mental health difficulties have effective support, our liberal voice is needed now more than ever.
“Whether it’s investing in green energy, building the homes we need; understanding the plight of refugees, or ensuring the state can’t snoop on our emails, my party will offer that liberal alternative.
“And with David Cameron’s hokey-cokey diplomacy on Europe, the Liberal Democrats will stand up for our country and make the passionate case for Britain to lead, not leave the EU.
Overseen by campaigns chair Greg Mulholland, Mr Farron has also appointed spokespeople to lead on each of the seven areas.
Norman Lamb, the only other contender for the leadership, will lead on mental health, while Mr Farron himself will be in charge of housing campaigns.
Mark Williams, the only one of the party’s eight MPs not to have been handed a spokesperson portfolio on Mr Farron’s frontbench, will lead on rural affairs and be vice chair of the campaigns team.
Full campaign team line-up:
Rural Communities and Vice Chair - Mark Williams MP
EU referendum - Catherine Bearder MEP and Lord Jim Wallace (Deputy)
Mental Health - Norman Lamb MP
Immigration - Shas Sheehan
Civil Liberties - Alistair Carmichael MP
Green Economy - Baroness Susan Kramer
Housing - Tim Farron MP