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Victoria Libs ex-leader back into the fold

Two years on from a disastrous election result that all but forced his resignation, former Victorian Liberals leader Matthew Guy has returned to the party’s shadow cabinet.

Mr Guy has kept a low profile after he captained the Liberals to their November 2018 election loss, which saw the re-elected Andrews Labor government pick up eight seats.

After Mr Guy’s solid stint in the political wilderness, current Liberal Leader Michael O’Brien welcomed his predecessor back into the fold on Sunday.

He will take on the role of Shadow Minister for Finance, Jobs and Trade, and Business Precincts.

“With Victoria’s debt exceeding that of even the Cain/Kirner government and our state in a jobs crisis, Matthew will be a strong voice for Victorians left behind by Labor’s economic mismanagement,” Mr O’Brien said in a statement.

As part of a broader shadow cabinet rejig, Deputy Liberal Leader Cindy McLeish and David Hodgett have swapped portfolios.

Ms McLeish will taking on tourism, major events and sport and Hodgett education.

David Morris also moves to a newly created portfolio of Shadow Minister for Public Sector Integrity and Transparency, while Ryan Smith will add manufacturing and innovation to his existing responsibilities for energy, renewables and resources.

Gordon Rich-Phillips will take on a role as Shadow Minister for Government Services, Regulatory Reform and the Digital Economy.

“As we reach the halfway point of this term, these changes will enable my team to better hold the Andrews Labor Government to account for its failings and offer Victorians a strong and positive alternative for the future,” Mr O’Brien said.

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