As the coalition teams settle into their ministerial offices, former Labour ministers have to grow accustomed to life on the opposition benches. But at least they've got jobs.
Spare a thought for their Special Advisers - or SPADS - who unlike apolitical civil servants, have to lose theirs when their party is removed from office. One such is Mark Davies - special adviser to Jack Straw for the past 5 years, a role which he says consumed his every waking moment.
Over the past fortnight he's had to get used to what he calls "life AJ -after Jack" - the phone not ringing and no longer being a Westminster insider. He came into the studio earlier to give us a flavour of what life is really like for the Special Adviser: