Former business secretary Vince Cable has returned to the Lib Dems frontbench team for the first time since losing his seat in parliament.
Cable, who is seeking re-election in Twickenham next month, will take over the Lib Dems’ treasury brief for the election campaign.
He is one of three ex-coalition ministers to return, with the former energy secretary Ed Davey and former minister Jo Swinson also recruited as spokespeople.
Swinson and Davey are also seeking re-election to Westminster in seats in Scotland and South West London, respectively.
In a statement announcing their roles, the Lib Dems branded the trio “big beasts” of the party.
His defeat represented one of the shock moments of the election night, including the Conservatives’ successful bid to unseat Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls.