Lib Dems fill key financial services posts


New Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has named two members of the House of Lords as his shadows for the Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Baroness Susan Kramer and Baroness Zahida Manzoor will serve as the Lib Dem spokespeople for economics and work and pensions, respectively.

Kramer has experience of financial services having worked at both Continental Illinois Bank, which was at the time the world’s largest lender, and Citicorp.

Manzoor entered the House of Lords in 2015 having previously held a range of public sector roles, including spending eight years as the chief executive and the legal services ombudsman for England and Wales.

The pair are joined on the Lib Dem front benches by former care minister Norman Lamb, who retains responsibility for health, including elderly care.