Remember the almighty wailing and gnashing of teeth on here a week ago when it appeared that Nick Clegg had given our treasured equalities work to the Tories?
Tonight I’ve been hosting a reception to celebrate the Coalition’s commitment to equal marriage, an issue I’m very proud that Liberal Democrats are delivering on in Government.
I was delighted to be joined at the reception by Jo Swinson MP – who I’m pleased to announce is our new Equalities Minister, in addition to her role as Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs.
Jo is one of the new Liberal Democrat team in Government; I am also delighted to welcome back David Laws and to bring Jenny Randerson, Don Foster and Tom Brake into Government roles. Their ability, enthusiasm and wisdom will be crucial as the Coalition puts Liberal Democrat policies and values into action.
I would also like to pay tribute to Sarah Teather, Paul Burstow, Andrew Stunell and Nick Harvey. They have all played a big part in making our country more liberal and have a number of significant achievements to their names. I know they will all continue to have a huge role in our party.
You can see the new Liberal Democrat Ministerial team here and the full Government here.
Equal marriage is just one of the many Liberal Democrat achievements in Government that our new Ministerial team are committed to delivering. We’ll also be fighting to make tax fairer, promote jobs and growth, improve education and protect the environment.
That is what Liberal Democrats are in politics for – and what Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government will deliver.
I had heard rumours that there would be a Liberal Democrat Equalities Minister and I have to make a big apology to my source(s) who, I’d decided, had got the wrong end of the stick. I should have known better. Sorry.
And I will forgive Nick Clegg for the week of trauma and rage he’s put me through. I’m sure he wouldn’t have done it in this weird way if there hadn’t been a bloody good reason. There’s a story here that smells of wrangling with the Tories and eventually winning through.
Now I can just be reassured that we have a Liberal Democrat minister who gets equalities and who will keep on with the body confidence stuff that the Tories really don’t understand. I can now feel confident that equal marriage will happen.
Phew! And WTF?!