Lord Cameron and Richard Holden resign as Tories reshuffle top team | Politics News

The Conservative Party has announced a reshuffle, as former ministers and returning MPs make the transition into becoming the shadow cabinet.

Lord Cameron has resigned from the frontbench, having been foreign secretary before Labour’s victory in Thursday’s election, and has been replaced in the shadow role by his deputy Andrew Mitchell.

And, despite clinging on to a seat in last week’s vote, Richard Holden has quit as Tory party chairman, with Richard Fuller taking his place in the interim.

In a statement Mr Fuller said the party had had “a difficult election”, but said it was now “important that we regroup and reflect on these results”.

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Other changes at the top include Kemi Badenoch becoming shadow levelling up secretary, putting her across the dispatch box from Labour’s Angela Rayner, James Cartlidge becoming shadow defence secretary to replace Grant Shapps, and Ed Argar becoming shadow justice secretary to replace Alex Chalk.

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A total of 11 cabinet ministers lost their seats due to Labour’s landslide, leaving Rishi Sunak with a number of gaps to fill on his frontbench.

But with the former prime minister confirming he would stand down as leader when the process to elect a successor is in place, it is unclear how long this shadow cabinet shall remain.

Other replacements for exiting ministers include Andrew Griffith taking on the science, innovation and technology brief from the now former MP Michelle Donelan, Chris Philp becoming shadow leader of the House instead of Penny Mordaunt, and Damian Hinds becoming shadow education secretary instead of Gillian Keegan.

Julia Lopez will become shadow culture secretary after Lucy Frazer lost her seat, Helen Whately will handle transport after the loss of Mark Harper, and Andrew Bowie will take over as shadow veterans minister from Johnny Mercer.


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