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New Jewish ministers and the Miliband rivalry

Grant Shapps and Oliver Letwin have ministerial posts, and the Milibands may battle for Labour leadership.

    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.

    WHO ARE THE JEWISH MPS?

    CONSERVATIVE
    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

    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
    Lynne Featherstone
    Julian Huppert

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

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