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Howard reshuffles his Tory team
The Tories say they have begun the long march back to power
Michael Howard is to reshape his Tory team, creating separate roles of shadow health and education secretaries.

Health spokesman Andrew Lansley and education spokesman Tim Collins are promoted to the shadow cabinet.

Tim Yeo, who had looked after both those roles, moves to become shadow environment and transport secretary.

He replaces Theresa May who becomes shadow family secretary. David Cameron becomes head of policy co-ordinations for Mr Howard.

Mr Cameron used to be an adviser to the Tory leader when he was home secretary in the Major administration.

Change of heart?

David Willetts, who had responsibility for policy co-ordination as well as shadowing the work and pensions secretary, will now concentrate on the latter.

Shadow cabinet
Leader Michael Howard
Foreign affairs and deputy leader Michael Ancram
Shadow chancellor Oliver Letwin
Education Tim Collins
Home affairs David Davis
Co-chairmen Liam Fox and Maurice Saatchi
Health Andrew Lansley
Chief Whip David Maclean
Shadow secretary for families Theresa May
Local government Caroline Spelman
Shadow leader in the Lords, Lord Strathclyde
Work and pensions David Willetts
Environment and transport Tim Yeo
Mrs May will also have a new campaigning role highlighting any Tory local authority successes in "delivering better services at lower cost".

The decision to create separate posts shadowing education and health follows a brief period in which the two were combined after Mr Howard became party leader.

At the time he was criticised by Labour and the Lib Dems who said the decision showed the Tories were less interested in public services - a charge rejected at the time by Mr Yeo.

The BBC's Guto Harri
"This is a sign... that they really want to focus on the domestic agenda"

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