Pickles becomes Tory Party chairman

ESSEX MP Eric Pickles is to be the new chairman of the Conservative Party.In a reshuffle of his top team, David Cameron has moved Caroline Spelman and she and Mr Pickles swap jobs.

Graham Dines

ESSEX MP Eric Pickles is to be the new chairman of the Conservative Party.

In a reshuffle of his top team, David Cameron has moved Caroline Spelman and she and Mr Pickles swap jobs.

This is the full membership of the shadow cabinet announced by the Conservative Party today:


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Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition & Leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron.

Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition in the House of Lords, Lord Strathclyde.

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Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague MP.

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and General Election Campaign Coordinator, George Osborne.

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Clark.

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Kenneth Clarke.

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Alan Duncan.

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam Fox .

Shadow Minister for Europe, Mark Francois (MP for Rayleigh).

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan.

Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Michael Gove.

Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling.

Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Grieve.

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Philip Hammond.

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Nick Herbert.

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt.

Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley.

Chairman of the Policy Review & Chairman of the Conservative Research Department, Oliver Letwin.

Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Francis Maude MP.

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Minister for Women, Theresa May.

Opposition Chief Whip, Patrick McLoughlin.

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell.

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell.

Shadow Security Minister & National Security Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, Baroness Neville-Jones of Hutton Roof.

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Owen Paterson.

Chairman of the Conservative Party, Eric Pickles (MP for Brentwood).

Shadow Minister for Housing, Grant Shapps.

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Caroline Spelman.

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Theresa Villiers.

Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion & Social Action, Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury.

Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, David Willetts

Chief Whip in the House of Lords, The Baroness Anelay of St Johns (attending Shadow Cabinet).

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