Lobbying Target - Julia Goldsworthy, local government spokeswoman, Lib Dems

Goldsworthy, once the youngest MP in the Commons, was this week named the 24th most influential Liberal Democrat by the respected blogger Iain Dale.

- Ten-second biography

Entered Parliament as MP for Falmouth and Camborne at her first attempt in 2005 and since then has enjoyed a meteoric rise. In 2006, Goldsworthy was appointed number two to Treasury spokesman Vince Cable and was promoted to her current position when Nick Clegg took over the leadership.

- What's her background?

Born and brought up in Camborne, Cornwall, where her mother was a teacher. She won a scholarship to Truro School, and went on to study history at Cambridge University. She then worked for Truro MP Matthew Taylor and for Carrick District Council's regeneration team.

- Where does she sit politically?

Pragmatic and at home with Clegg's attempts to move the party to the right, Goldsworthy has spoken out against the idea of a windfall tax on energy firms but recently told The Independent she was concerned about Sarah Palin being an 'anti-abortion creationist'.

- Why she is one to watch

Likely to land a top role when Clegg next reshuffles his team. Goldsworthy is highly rated by colleagues and is seen by some - including ex-leader Ming Campbell - as a possible future leader.

- Something you might not know

She is the chairwoman of the all-party rowing group.

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