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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.

During the leadership race, he said he could cut taxes by 38bn by the election after next by ensuring public spending increased more slowly than overall economic growth.

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