Party denies internal conflict led to switch; TORIES APPOINT MAY AS FIRST WOMAN CHAIRMAN.
Conservative officials stressed Mr Davis was ``absolutely guaranteed a place at the top table'' of the party.
They said he had simply been switched to a role shadowing Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in the Commons as part of an exercise in ``putting round pegs in round holes''.
Most observers at Westminster believed Mr Davis had been axed as part of in-fighting at Conservative Central Office.
Mrs May, 45, said: ``I believe that the Conservative Party is changing and my appointment symbolises that change.''
NEW ROLE: Theresa May has taken over from David Davis as chairman of the Conservative Party