Health minister. NEW ENTRY

Simon Burns was a surprise choice as health minister, with most expecting shadow team member Mark Simmonds to get the job. But he is no stranger to health as a junior health minister at the end of the last Conservative administration and a shadow health minister from 2001-05.

His brief is wide but his responsibility for “legislation” is the most significant, as he will be the key link between Tory MPs worried about health reforms and Mr Lansley. His main job for 2011 will be to work the Commons tea rooms and keep the troops in line.