Peter Hoskin

Sir George Young to replace Alan Duncan

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After Alan Duncan's demotion, it's emerged that Sir George Young is to fill the position of shadow leader of the Commons.  It's a canny move by David Cameron: Young is the chairman of the Commons' Standards and Privileges Committee, and was a popular choice among Tories to replace Michael Martin as Speaker.  As Paul Waugh says, Young did get the Telegraph Treatment, but you imagine he'll be seen as a much cleaner pair of hands than Duncan, especially in the wake of the infamous "rations" video.  Now, how long before someone points out that Young is another Old Etonian...