Former MP Julia Goldsworthy appointed special adviser

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Julia Goldsworthy lost her seat by 66 votes

Former Liberal Democrat MP Julia Goldsworthy has been appointed special adviser to Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.

Ms Goldsworthy, 31, lost the Camborne and Redruth seat in Cornwall by only 66 votes in the general election.

The post will be unpaid initially because she received more than £30,000 in a resettlement grant after losing her seat.

Special advisers are civil servants who give political advice to ministers.

Ms Goldsworthy, who lost her seat to Conservative George Eustice in May, studied history at Cambridge University and did post-graduate work in economics.

She was shadow chief secretary to the Treasury from 2006 to 2007 when she became shadow secretary of state for communities and local government.

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