Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Howard Names `Dynamic Dozen'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Howard Names `Dynamic Dozen'

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Byline: By Paul Linford

Michael Howard announced a dramatic streamlining of his frontbench team yesterday as he named a "dynamic dozen" to take the fight to Labour.

In a ruthless reshuffle, the newly-crowned Tory leader halved the size of the shadow cabinet in a bid to make the opposition a more efficient fighting force.

As expected, he promoted rising star Oliver Letwin to the key role of Shadow Chancellor, with former leadership rival David Davis taking the home affairs brief.

He also handed former Journal reporter David Curry the job of leading the fight against Labour's plans for elected regional assemblies. Mr Curry, who quit William Hague's team over Europe, is made Shadow Secretary of State for local and devolved affairs.

Last night he made clear he would keep up the fight against the home rule plans saying: "Regional assemblies would mean more politicians, more bureaucracy and more cost."

Other key changes saw Tim Yeo handed a new super-portfolio in charge of both education and health, while Teresa May takes on environment and transport. …

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