Grieve replaced as shadow home secretary

By staff

Dominic Grieve, the man brought in to replace David Davies as shadow home secretary, has been made shadow justice secretary.

He will be replaced by Chris Grayling, formerly work and pensions secretary.

Mr Grayling has a mixed record on civil liberties issues, which his predecessor but one, Mr Davies, resigned over in order to fight a by-election on the topic.

He is strongly against ID cards, but his voting on counter-terrorism measures has been nuanced.

His voting record on gay rights is similarly complex. In 1997 he voted for the Equality Act Regulations which made discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation a criminal offence.

But in 2001 he voted against a bill which would have providing civil registration for cohabiting couples.
Mr Grieve will take over the shadow justice brief from Nick Herbert, the shadow justice secretary, who married his long-term boyfriend, Jason Eades, earlier this month.
Mr Herbert, who is considered one of David Cameron’s ‘rising stars’, will become shadow environment secretary.