Reshuffle: today’s extra news – and an extra minister

Some news from today’s reshuffle involving Liberal Democrat members of the coalition government:

And note the choice of policy area for Nick Clegg to highlight today:

Here’s what I told one newspaper:

Mark Pack, who was the Liberal Democrats’ head of innovations until June 2009 and now co-edits a website for supporters and activists, agreed that there was a risk of coalition instability as a result of a Tory pivot to the right.

But he also pointed to factors pointing the other way: “For example, it makes it easier for the Liberal Democrats to differentiate themselves form the Tories.”

“I also think that David Cameron is clearly committed to making the coalition work, but he has to be able to lead his party to do that. So if the reshuffle ends up strengthening his control over his own party then that does make working with him a bit easier. In many ways, this reshuffle is about each party thinking about their own party.”

Meanwhile in economic news:

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