Conservatives re-organise their shadow health team

The Conservative Party has announced a complete overhaul of the rank-and-file shadow health team, but there is no change at the top.

The new team includes two fresh faces with Hemel Hempstead (Hertfordshire) MP Mike Penning and Guildford (Surrey) MP Anne Milton- both elected for the first time in 2005- called up to the front bench. Key areas for the pair will be out-of hours, emergency care and training, maternity and youth care respectively.

Former shadow minister for international development, Boston and Skegness (Lincolnshire) MP Mark Simmonds will concentrate on relations with NICE, commissioning health services and primary care.

Eddisbury (South West Cheshire) MP Stephen O’Brien, Earl Howe and Lord McColl of Dulwich have kept their posts, while East Worthing and Shoreham MP (West Sussex) Tim Loughton and Westbury (Wiltshire) MP Andrew Murrison have both been replaced. Billericay (Essex) MP John Baron, a health minister since 2004, has left to become the opposition whip.

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