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At-a-glance: New shadow cabinet
New Conservative leader David Cameron is appointing his shadow cabinet. Here is an at-a-glance guide to the appointments made so far.

Leader of the Opposition - David Cameron

The 39-year-old Old Etonian only entered Parliament in 2001. Before becoming leader he was Tory campaign co-ordinator in the 2005 general election and shadow education secretary. He was special adviser to Home Secretary Michael Howard and Chancellor Norman Lamont in the 1990s.

Shadow chancellor - George Osborne

Managed Cameron's leadership election campaign. The 34-year-old entered the shadow cabinet as chief secretary of the Treasury and has kept the shadow chancellor job given to him by Michael Howard in May. Before becoming an MP in 2001, he was an adviser to William Hague.

Shadow foreign secretary - William Hague

Mr Hague was the youngest leader since William Pitt when he took over the party in 1997 at the tender age of 36. But the Tories gained only one seat overall at the 2001 election and Mr Hague promptly resigned. Since then, he has enjoyed a lucrative business career and built up credit with his back bench speeches.

Shadow home secretary - David Davis

Defeated in the leadership run-off by a margin of more than two-to-one, Mr Davis has nonetheless kept one of the top shadow cabinet jobs. The former soldier in the Territorial Army's SAS was a Europe minister in John Major's government. In opposition, he has also served as Tory chairman and shadow to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

Conservative Party chairman - Francis Maude

The arch moderniser keeps the post he has held since May. He will take charge of efforts to change the party, including recruiting more women candidates. Mr Maude was Michael Portillo's campaign manager in the 2001 leadership race. He was a Foreign Office, Treasury and trade minister in the 1990s.

Shadow defence secretary - Liam Fox

The former GP came third in the leadership race, presenting himself as a candidate of the Right who wanted to mend Britain's "broken society". He was Tory co-chairman during the general election but moved to shadow foreign secretary in May. Under both William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith, he served as shadow health secretary.

Chief whip - Patrick McLoughlin

The former miner has been MP for West Derbyshire since 1986. When the Conservatives were in power, he was a minister at the departments of transport, employment, trade and industry and the whips' office. In opposition, he became deputy chief whip in 1998.

Policy director - Oliver Letwin

In opposition, Mr Letwin has held two of the highest profile posts - shadow home secretary and shadow chancellor. After this year's election he decided to take the environment, food and rural affairs brief but now will be reviewing policy across the board.

Shadow education secretary - David Willetts

Nicknamed "two brains", Mr Willetts has played a core role in shaping previous Tory manifestos. In past shadow cabinets he has served as policy coordinator, shadow work and pensions secretary and most recently as shadow trade and industry secretary. He is seen as a moderniser, but backed David Davis in the leadership race.

Shadow Commons leader - Theresa May

Mrs May was the first woman to become party chairman, under the leadership of Iain Duncan Smith. More recently she has taken up the culture and family portfolios and in her new role will plan Commons strategy against the government. She is a keen advocate of positive action to recruit more women Tory candidates, although is not demanding all-women short lists

Shadow international development secretary - Andrew Mitchell

Mr Mitchell ran David Davis' leadership campaign and keeps his shadow cabinet job under the new regime. A former social security minister and whip, Mr Mitchell has also served as shadow minister for police.

Shadow transport secretary - Chris Grayling

Since becoming an MP in 2001, the former BBC journalist has served as a whip, education and then health spokesman. He became shadow leader of the House of Commons in 2005 and now takes the transport brief. He was at the forefront of Tory attacks on David Blunkett before his Cabinet resignation.

Shadow constitutional affairs secretary - Oliver Heald

Mr Heald, who backed Liam Fox's leadership campaign, keeps the role he has held since September 2004. In the 1990s, he was parliamentary aide to agriculture minister William Waldegrave before becoming a junior social security minister. In opposition, he was a health and home affairs spokesman and in 2002 took the work and pensions brief.

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary - David Lidington

Mr Lidington, who backed Sir Malcolm Rifkind before the early rounds of the leadership election, keeps the Northern Ireland brief. He was parliamentary aide to Cabinet minister Michael Howard and, in opposition, to leader William Hague. Later, he was promoted to shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary. He took the Northern Ireland post in November 2003.

Shadow trade and industry Secretary - Alan Duncan

The former oil broker moves from transport to trade in the reshuffle. Mr Duncan briefly entered the leadership election, but did not have enough support among MPs to continue. A keen moderniser, he warned that Tory "moralising" could consign the party to oblivion. The first openly gay Tory MP, he has also previously held the international development and constitutional affairs posts.

Shadow health secretary - Andrew Lansley

Mr Lansley keeps the high-profile health job. The ex-civil servant had spell as private secretary to Norman Tebbit in the 1980s before becoming head of the Conservative Research Department. He helped devise the Tories' surprise 1992 election victory, but was criticised for the disastrous 2001 poll campaign.

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury - Theresa Villiers

Ms Villiers has only been an MP since May but has already earned a place, albeit junior, at the top table. She is no novice in the world of politics having served as an MEP from 1999 to 2005, including a stint as the party's deputy leader in the European Parliament. A Eurosceptic, she is a former barrister and lecturer at King's College, London.

Shadow Wales secretary - Cheryl Gillan

Ms Gillan moves from being a shadow home affairs minister to a place in the shadow cabinet. When the Tories were in power she was a junior education minister. In opposition, her frontbench jobs have covered trade and industry, the Foreign Office and a period as a party whip.

Shadow work and pensions secretary - Philip Hammond

Mr Hammond moves up a step from his previous role as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury. He entered the Commons in 1997 after a business career and joined the front bench a year later. His briefs have included trade and industry and local government, including helping to shape Tory policy on the council tax.

Shadow Scotland secretary - David Mundell

The only Scottish Tory MP, Mr Mundell quickly lands a shadow cabinet job after entering Parliament in May. But his political experience goes back further. He was elected as a member of the Scottish Parliament for the south of Scotland in 1999, and re-elected in 2003.

Shadow secretary for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister - Caroline Spelman

Ms Spelman has been at the head of Tory attacks on the council tax as the issue shot up the political agenda in recent months. She entered the shadow cabinet in March 2004 as shadow local government secretary. She was previously a shadow minister for the environment and for women, and served a shadow international development secretary when Iain Duncan Smith was leader.

Shadow culture, media and sport secretary - Hugo Swire

A former soldier, Mr Swire has also worked at the National Gallery and as a director of auction house Sotheby's. He became an MP in 2001 and joined the Tory frontbench two years later as an opposition whip. He was promoted in 2004 to be a shadow culture minister and now rises further up the ladder.

Shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary - Peter Ainsworth

Mr Ainsworth returns to the shadow cabinet after a three-year absence - he stood down in 2002 for family reasons. He became an MP in 1992 after a career as a banker and soon became parliamentary aide to ministers Jonathan Aitken and Virginia Bottomley. Later, he was a government whip and in opposition became shadow culture secretary. He now returns to the environment post he held under Iain Duncan Smith.

Appointments outside the shadow cabinet

Shadow environment minister - Greg Barker

Shadow childcare minister - Paul Goodman

Shadow police reform minister - Nick Herbert

Deputy chief whip - Andrew Robathan

Senior parliamentary and political adviser to David Cameron - Andrew Mackay

Leader of the policy group on economic competitiveness - John Redwood

Deputy party chairmen - Angela Browning, Bernard Jenkin

Shadow Europe minister - Graham Brady

Shadow communities and local government minister - Alistair Burt

Lords chief whip - Lord Cope of Berkeley

Shadow attorney general - Dominic Grieve

Shadow minister for women and equality - Eleanor Laing

Parliamentary private secretary to David Cameron - Desmond Swayne





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