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A Lib Dem MP Left Out Of Tim Farron's Top Team Will Get A Role After All

Mark Williams, one of only eight Liberal Democrat MPs, was missed off the party spokesperson list.

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Because the Lib Dems won so few Commons seats in the election, the list is chock-full with peers. And it even includes Lorely Burt and Lynne Featherstone, two former MPs who won't be able to answer questions in parliament.

The party made clear that former leader Nick Clegg had been offered a role but turned it down.


But there was no mention of Mark Williams, the MP for Ceredigion. And it didn't go unnoticed.

Of the 8 Lib Dem MPs the only other one, apart from Nick Clegg, not to become a spokesman, is Mark Williams

What the hell did Mark Williams to to Tim Farron to deserve that?

A Lib Dem source reassured BuzzFeed News that Williams does have a role. It just wasn't on the list.

Williams will be part of a special "campaign team", to be announced later this summer. These teams are expected to focus on certain areas of policy, such as the Human Rights Act.

The source insisted that Farron, who was elected leader earlier this month, had not snubbed Williams. "They are very very close, everything's fine. There's no way that Mark won't have a role."

BuzzFeed News has contacted Williams to see what he makes of the new job.

Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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