Liberal Party Frontbench Team, 1956–67

Members of the British Liberal Party's Frontbench Team from 1956 to 1967 (leaderships listed chronologically):

Party Spokesmen under Jo Grimond's First Two Parliaments November 1956October 1964


  • 1958: Mark Bonham Carter becomes Foreign Affairs Spokesman upon election to parliament in March 1958. (Ballot Box to Jury Box: The Life and Times of an English Crown Court Judge). However he lost his seat at the October '59 general election.
  • 1961: Christopher Layton appointed as Economic Spokesman (ref. The Liberal Party and the Economy, 1929-1964)
  • May 1962: Arthur Holt replaces Donald Wade as Chief Whip
  • 1962: Donald Wade appointed as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party
  • 1963: Eric Lubbock replaces Arthur Holt as Chief Whip

Party Spokesmen under Jo Grimond's First Two Parliaments October 1964June1966


  • March 1965: Upon election to the House, David Steel becomes Chief Spokesman for Work.
  • 1965: Eric Lubbock is noted as being 'Liberal Aviation Spokesman' in documentation from this time.

Party Spokesmen under Jo Grimond's Final Parliament March 1966January 1967

  • Jo Grimond: Party Leader
  • Eric Lubbock: Chief Whip
  • Richard Wainwright: Chief Treasury Spokesman
  • James Davidson: Chief Foreign Affairs and Defence Spokesman
  • Alasdair Mackenzie: Chief Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Posts and Telecommunications Spokesman
  • David Steel: Chief Work Spokesman
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