Greg Mulholland MP (Leeds North West) is the first convenor of the new Liberal Democrat Backbench Group.
On being appointed he said,
The Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party has to work in a completely different environment than before and it is important that the voice of the Lib Dem backbenchers is heard.
We look forward to working constructively with Ministers and the Liberal Democrat leadership to make the government programme as positive as possible in these difficult times, as well as bringing a distinctively Liberal Democrat perspective to some debates.
Given the role of various Conservative backbench MP groupings in exerting pressure from their side of the coalition, this new Liberal Democrat group is both welcome in its own right and for the additional countervailing pressures it will bring to coalition debates.