David Cameron has announced his new front bench team today, the biggest news was the return of Ken Clarke to the Shadow Cabinet.
I have a huge amount of time for Ken Clarke, I don't agree with his views on a number of Europe related issues and these have caused some ruffles feathers in the part in the past. But I'm confident that he will stick to his promise and accept the collective responsibility that comes with the new appointment.
The left will go into overdrive in their attempts to drive a wedge between Ken and the party as a whole, they won't succeed. The contrast between Brown/Darling's economic track record and Ken Clarke's couldn't be more stark. Clarke fixed the economy, handed it over to Brown, Brown broke it!
I'm glad to see Chris Grayling (my old next door neighbour) getting the Home Affairs brief and Dominic Grieve is very well suited to the Justice role. I thought that Nick Herbert was doing very well in Justice but I can see that the DEFRA role is a natural fit.
One appointment that will delight the Conservative grass roots is Eric Pickles to Party Chairman. He has a down to earth, get things done attitude which is exactly what we need in the role. Also, he can win elections, as the Crewe& Nantwich by-election proved.
The party is branding this as "The strongest possible Shadow Cabinet", I think that that title is spot on.
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