New Jewish ministers and the Miliband rivalry

By Jessica Elgot, May 14, 2010
Grant Shapps: The Conservative MP has been made Housing Minister

Grant Shapps: The Conservative MP has been made Housing Minister

The one-time BBYO leader, Grant Shapps, has been appointed Housing Minister in David Cameron’s new government.

Mr Shapps, who represents Welwyn and Hatfield, is a former vice-chairman of the Conservative Party. He will be part of the Department for Communities and Local Government, headed by Eric Pickles.

Oliver Letwin, once Shadow Chancellor when Michael Howard led the party, has been made Minister of State for Policy, and will attend cabinet meetings when required.

On the Opposition benches, former Foreign Secretary David Miliband has announced his intention to run for Labour leader in a contest which could become a family affair.

His younger brother, Ed Miliband, former Energy and Climate Change Secretary, may also join him in the leadership race.

The Milibands are the sons of prominent Jewish Marxist historian Ralph Miliband, who was forced to flee his native Poland to Belgium and then London to escape the Nazi invasion.

Ed Miliband has apparently already warned his mother, Marion Kozak, that he may stand against his brother.


John Bercow
Jonathan Djanogly
Michael Ellis
Michael Fabricant
Robert Halfon
Richard Harrington
Oliver Letwin
Julian Lewis
Brooks Newmark
Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Lee Scott
Grant Shapps

Lynne Featherstone
Julian Huppert

David Miliband
Ed Miliband
Luciana Berger
Louise Ellman
Ivan Lewis
Fabian Hamilton
Margaret Hodge
Sir Gerald Kaufman
David Winnick

Last updated: 12:48pm, November 8 2010