David Davis, a Europe minister in the last Tory government, was one of the first appointments made by Duncan Smith after his leadership election victory was announced last night.
Davis, who has chaired parliament’s financial watchdog committee since 1997, stood in the first rounds of the Tory leadership election, but was knocked out after the second ballot.
At the time, Davis said he would prefer to remain at the PAC.
His appointment will be seen as a boost to Duncan Smith’s leadership as he is widely regarded as an experienced political operator and policy expert.
Under John Major, Davis was charged with driving through the ratification of the Maastricht treaty against militant opposition, ironically led by his new boss, Duncan Smith.
Davis takes over from Michael Ancram, who has been given the post of shadow foreign secretary.
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