Conservative Home, said to be the voice of the tory grassroots notes:
If talent and diligence were the key qualifications for promotion you would expect Greg Clark, Paul Goodman and John Hayes to be around the top table but they are not.John seems to be in good company - I can't see mention of any Lincolnshire Tory in the new Shadow Cabinet.
John Hayes - and fellow Lincolnshire Tory Edward Leigh - are leading members of the right-wing Cornerstone Group of Tory MPs.
At least one of their members gets a place around Cameron's top table.
Conservative Home notes that the appointment of Owen Paterson of the Cornerstone Group is a nod to the right.