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Boris Johnson gets frontbench job
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Boris Johnson: MP, journalist and quiz show host
Boris Johnson has been given a job on Michael Howard's frontbench as shadow minister for the arts in a mini-reshuffle.

The Henley MP's appointment follows the resignation of home affairs spokesman Nick Hawkins, whose local Surrey Heath Tory association deselected him.

Mr Johnson was already one of several Tory vice-chairmen. He now gets to make his debut at the Commons despatch box.

The Spectator magazine editor is seen as a colourful character in Parliament.

He is also famed for his appearances on BBC 2's Have I Got News For You, including a slot as guest presenter.

The Tory changes also see Worthing East and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton become shadow minister for the family.

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly takes over Mr Hawkins' brief as legal and constitutional affairs spokesman.

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