All major cities are to be "adopted" by Shadow Ministers so that they have a connection to the highest levels of the Conservative Party. The Yorkshire Post revealed the Yorkshire appointments a month ago. There are some more English cities to be confirmed shortly but here are the appointments so far:

Minister for Birmingham
Andrew Mitchell

Minister for Bristol
Liam Fox

Minister for Coventry

Caroline Spelman

Minister for Edinburgh
Lord Strathclyde

Minister for Glasgow
David Mundell

Ministers for Leeds and Bradford
William Hague and Eric Pickles

Minister for Liverpool

Chris Grayling

Minister for Manchester
George Osborne

Minister for Newcastle
Alan Duncan

Minister for Wolverhampton
Francis Maude

Some of these cities don’t have any Conservative councillors or MPs, on the whole these appointments seem sensible choices and will hopefully help to ensure urban issues are considered carefully within the party’s strategy.

Deputy Editor