Former LibDem leader Tim Farron has been given a new role under Vince Cable.
Mr Cable has appointed his first team of principal spokespeople since becoming leader this summer.
Preston-born Mr Farron will take up a new position focused on regenerating the north of England.
This is regarded as a sign of the Lib Dems’ commitment to building a more balanced national economy and making sure the government delivers on the Northern Powerhouse.
He will also lead on rural affairs.
Mr Cable said: “I am fortunate to lead such a great, gender-balanced team, which is comprised of the most talented and promising politicians in the House of Commons and battle-hardened, experienced campaigners.
“The team has a wealth of senior ministerial experience. It also includes the former council leaders of Newcastle and Liverpool, signalling my intention to restore and build on our local government base.”