Midland MPs are to play key roles in new Conservative leader David Cameron's Shadow Cabinet.
Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield) will continue to be Tory spokesman on International Development.
He was offered the role of Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, which many would see as a promotion, but turned it down, according to Westminster insiders.
Mr Cameron, who became Tory leader this week, has pledged to make tackling global poverty one of six key challenges the party will place at the heart of its policies.
Mr Mitchell has increased the profile of the international development role since he was first appointed by previous Conservative leader Michael Howard, and joined campaigners at the official Live 8 demonstrations in Edinburgh.
He was campaign manager for David Davis, the candidate defeated by Mr Cameron in the party's leadership election.
Caroline Spelman (Con Meriden) is also to remain where she is, as Shadow Secretary of State for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, which is responsible for local government.
In this post she will play a senior role in the Tory campaign for the local elections in May, which will be an important test for the new leader.
Mr Mitchell said: "Given the growing importance of international development, I'm delighted to be continuing in this role. There is a new mood of optimism in the Conservative Party."
Mrs Spelman said: "I want to take the Government to task in my role over doubling the number of homeless people, and to address the underlying problem, which is the lack of affordable housing."
David Willetts, who grew up in Birmingham and was educated at King Edward's School, becomes Shadow Education Secretary. The MP, nicknamed "two-brains" for his intellectual abilities, now represents a Hampshire constituency.
Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin (Leominster) lost his job as Shadow Welsh Secretary, to be replaced by Cheryl Gillan.
Alan Duncan, who also launched a short-lived leadership bid, was promoted from Shadow Transport Secretary to replace David Willetts as Shadow Trade Secretary.
Theresa May became Shadow Leader of the Commons, Oliver Heald took over constitutional affairs and Alan Duncan was made Shadow Trade Secretary.
Peter Ainsworth became shadow environment secretary and David Mundell, shadow Scotland secretary.
Hugo Swire was promoted to Shadow Culture Secretary, Chris Grayling was been made Shadow Transport Secretary and David Lidington will remain as Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary.
Former Conservative leader William Hague was named Shadow Foreign Secretary earlier in the week.
Mr Davis remained Shadow Home Secretary and Liam Fox became Shadow Defence Secretary.