I guess Northern Ireland has to stay in the Cabinet until Policing and Justice is transferred. Cameron’s changes yesterday mean that David Liddington take up a shadow junior ministerial spokesman on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, whilst we get Owen Paterson. Liddington replaced Quentin Davies (now a Labour MP), and restored the tradition of bipartisanship that Davies substantially broke under the ill fated Ian Duncan Smith. Personable and able, he will surely see this as a move upwards.
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