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Hague completes his opposition team

Hague Makes Final Appointments

William Hague, the new leader of the Conservative party, has completed his first shadow team. The former Attorney General, Sir Nicholas Lyell, ex Paymaster General David Willetts and former agriculture minister Angela Browning have all been given new posts.

The head of the Asda supermarket chain and new Conservative MP Archie Norman is made a vice-chairman of the party, along with Alan Duncan, Mr Hague's new parliamentary political secretary.

Mr Norman will use his business experience to analyse and advise on party structure, both at Central Office and throughout the country. Sir Nicholas is appointed shadow Attorney General, Mr Willetts becomes employment spokesman and Mrs Browning education spokesperson - both under shadow secretary of state Stephen Dorrell.

The moderate MP Sir Patrick Cormack is made deputy shadow Commons leader and will work alongside Gillian Shephard. As expected, Welsh-born Nigel Evans joins Michael Ancram on the constitutional affairs brief, as do Bernard Jenkin and former minister Dr Liam Fox.

Angela Browning, the new education spokesperson
The new appointees join members of Mr Hague's political "kitchen Cabinet" which were announced over the weekend.

The former minister James Paice, a key member of Mr Hague's campaign team, is made a frontbench spokesman under shadow agriculture minister David Curry. Robert Key, the MP for Salisbury, will use his knowledge of the armed forces in his appointment as defence spokesman under shadow secretary of state Sir George Young.

There is a good sprinkling of the 1992 Tory intake in the new shadow team. John Greenway, a former Metropolitan Police officer who was once shot at, is made a frontbench spokesman on home affairs - along with former minister James Clappison.

David Faber, a member of Mr Dorrell's leadership campaign, is appointed a spokesman on foreign affairs. Edward Garnier, a libel lawyer, becomes the Commons spokesman for the shadow Lord Chancellor Lord Kingsland.

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