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CCHQ has now confirmed all the changes that have been made to the frontbench.

New to the Shadow Cabinet:

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (replacing Alan Duncan)

Mark Francois MP
Shadow Minister for Europe (same job, but now with shadow cabinet status)

New Shadow Cabinet responsibilities:

Alan Duncan MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (replacing Theresa May)

Chris Grayling MP
Shadow Home Secretary (replacing Dominic Grieve)

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice (replacing Nick Herbert)

Nick Herbert MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (replacing Peter Ainsworth, who departs the front bench)

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Minister for Women (replacing Chris Grayling)

Eric Pickles MP
Chairman of the Conservative Party (replacing Caroline Spelman)

Caroline Spelman MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (replacing Eric Pickles)

NB With Mark Francois promoted to shadow cabinet, foreign affairs team member David
Lidington will no longer attend shadow cabinet meetings, but he will
remain in place as an extremely well-regarded member of William Hague’s
team.

Other changes to front bench appointments:

Richard Benyon MP (previously a whip)
Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Crispin Blunt MP (previously a whip)
Shadow Security Minister (within Shadow Home Affairs Team)

David Evennett MP (previously a whip)
Shadow Minister for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Justine Greening MP (previously Shadow Treasury Minister)
Shadow Minister for Communities & Local Government

Greg Hands MP (promoted from the backbenches)
Shadow Treasury Minister

John Penrose MP (promoted from the backbenches)
Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

Bill Wiggin MP (previously Shadow Minister for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)
Whip

Rob Wilson MP (previously Shadow Minister for Innovation, Universities and Skills)
Whip

NB Scouring the full lst of the frontbench just issued by CCHQ, it would seem the only person to be leaving the lower ranks to return to the back benches is Jacqui Lait, who was previously a spokesman on the Communities, and Local Government team. Jacqui resigned of her own volition after ten years on the front bench to create an opportunity a younger colleague (Justine Greening).

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