Campbell promotes female high-fliers

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Three high-flying women, including the two youngest frontbenchers in Westminster, have been given jobs at the heart of Sir Menzies Campbell's new Liberal Democrat shadow cabinet.

Jo Swinson, at 26, the youngest MP, was promoted to shadow Scottish Secretary, while Sarah Teather, 31, was given the shadow education role as the new Liberal Democrat leader completed appointments to his new top team. They join 27-year-old Julia Goldsworthy, who was made shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury on Tuesday in a reshuffle designed to highlight the "brightest and best" of Liberal Democrat talent.

Sir Menzies moved Ed Davey, former education spokesman, to trade and industry and gave him a "huge role" reforming party campaigning techniques. Andrew Stunnel, former chief whip, shadows the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.Sir Menzies backs the former health spokesman Paul Burstow as new chief whip, a post elected by MPs.