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Communities and local government - Eric Pickles

Eric Pickles was first elected to the Commons in 1992, representing an Essex seat far from his Yorkshire roots.

He has extensive local government experience, having led Bradford District Council for three years up to 1991.

He has also served in a variety of shadow ministerial roles, including transport, local government and social security spokesman, earning a reputation for loyalty and good humour.

Eric Pickles

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