Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has been named as the Liberal Democrats’ new Work and Pensions spokesperson in a party reshuffle announced by leader Sir Vince Cable .
Ms Jardine will speak on behalf of the party on issues relating to welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy, including the WASPI pension scandal, disability benefits and the controversial new Universal Credit system.
As well as her frontbench DWP role, the Lib Dem MP will also continue to cover culture, media and sport topics in the House of Commons.
Following the announcement Ms Jardine commented:
“While Westminster is firmly focused on Brexit, we need to remember that people up and down our country are being affected by a whole host of other challenges.
“Every week I help countless constituents who are experiencing stress and hardship as a direct result of this Tory government’s work and pensions policies.
“Whether it’s cheating of thousands of WASPI women out of the money they deserve, or the total mismanagement of universal credit, it’s blindly clear to me that the DWP is not fit for purpose.
“I’m looking forward to more opportunities to speak up for those people while holding the Conservatives to account, and to bringing my constituency experiences to the national stage”.