Outgoing Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has given all of his MPs a job in his frontbench team.

The party increased its number of parliamentary seats from nine to 12 in the General Election, with some of its more well known figures, such as Sir Vince Cable and Jo Swinson, returning.

Both are expected to fight for the party’s top job after Mr Farron made the surprise announcement on Wednesday that he was standing down because he had been unable to reconcile his Christian faith with the demands of leading a “progressive, liberal” party.

In Mr Farron’s top team Ms Swinson becomes the foreign affairs spokeswoman while Sir Vince takes on the treasury brief.

Tom Brake will speak on Brexit and international, Ed Davey on home affairs, Norman Lamb on health and Alistair Carmichael on Northern Ireland as well as his duties as chief whip.

Jo Swinson (Yui Mok/PA)
Jo Swinson is the Lib Dems’ new foreign affairs spokeswoman (Yui Mok/PA)

New MPs Layla Moran, Wera Hobhouse, Christine Jardine and Jamie Stone will speak on education, communities, culture and Scotland respectively.

Stephen Lloyd, who returns after losing his seat in 2015, becomes the party’s work and pensions spokesman.

Tim Farron was 'delighted' to announce the new team (Victoria Jones/PA)
Tim Farron was ‘delighted’ to announce the new team (Victoria Jones/PA)

Mr Farron said: “I am delighted to announce our new shadow cabinet team, which brings together a wealth of experience. The party has people with a range of skills from within government, business and the charity sector.

“Together we will provide the strong opposition Britain needs to stand up to this Conservative government.”