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Leader in the Lords - Lord Strathclyde

Lord (Tom) Strathclyde has been in the shadow cabinet since 1997 after being promoted to Lords leader following a term as opposition chief whip.

During that time, he has led the Tory charge in an upper house which has often given Tony Blair more problems than the House of Commons.

A former insurance broker, Lord Strathclyde has wide experience from the Tories' time in government.

He was a minister of state at the Department of Trade and Industry during the 1990s and his various junior ministerial jobs covered tourism, Scotland, environment and consumer affairs.

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