Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

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The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer in the British Parliamentary system is the member of the Shadow Cabinet who is responsible for shadowing the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The title is in the gift of the Leader of the Opposition but is informal. The Shadow Chancellor has no constitutional role.

The name for the position has a mixed history. It is used to designate the lead economic spokesman for the Opposition, although some Shadow Cabinets have not used the term (the Thatcher Shadow Cabinet in the Conservative Party Campaign of 1979).

This confusion was a source of humour for one time Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, who in 2005 played the two off against one another in Parliament, saying, "I, too, have a great deal of time for the shadow Chancellor who resides in Twickenham [Vince Cable], rather than the shadow Chancellor for the Conservative Party."[1]

The current Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer is Ed Balls.

List of Shadow Chancellors[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Harold Wilson Harold Wilson Number 10 official.jpg 14 December 1955 2 November 1961 Labour
James Callaghan James Callaghan.JPG 2 November 1961 15 October 1964 Labour
Reginald Maudling 15 October 1964 27 July 1965 Conservative
Edward Heath Heathdod.JPG 27 July 1965 11 November 1965 Conservative
Iain Macleod Iain Macleod crop.jpg 11 November 1965 20 June 1970 Conservative
Roy Jenkins Roy Jenkins, Chancellor of Oxford.jpg 20 June 1970 19 April 1972 Labour
Denis Healey Denis Healey Davos.jpg 19 April 1972 4 March 1974 Labour
Robert Carr Robert Carr2.jpg 4 March 1974 11 February 1975 Conservative
Geoffrey Howe Geoffrey Howe.jpg 11 February 1975 4 May 1979 Conservative
Denis Healey Denis Healey Davos.jpg 4 May 1979 8 December 1980 Labour
Peter Shore Fond blanc.svg 8 December 1980 31 October 1983 Labour
Roy Hattersley Roy Hattersley 2012 cropped 2.jpg 31 October 1983 13 July 1987 Labour
John Smith 13 July 1987 24 July 1992 Labour
Gordon Brown Gordon Brown 24 July 1992 2 May 1997 Labour
Kenneth Clarke Kenneth-clarke-hi-res.jpg 2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative
Peter Lilley Fond blanc.svg 11 June 1997 2 June 1998 Conservative
Francis Maude Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office.jpg 2 June 1998 1 February 2000 Conservative
Michael Portillo Michael Portillo by Regents College cropped.jpg 1 February 2000 18 September 2001 Conservative
Michael Howard Michael Howard 1099 cropped.jpg 18 September 2001 6 November 2003 Conservative
Oliver Letwin Oliver Letwin Official.jpg 6 November 2003 10 May 2005 Conservative
George Osborne George osborne hi.jpg 10 May 2005 11 May 2010 Conservative
Alistair Darling AlistairDarlingABr cropped.jpg 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour
Alan Johnson Alan Johnson -9Oct2007-2.jpg 8 October 2010 20 January 2011 Labour
Ed Balls Ed Balls 2.jpg 20 January 2011 Incumbent Labour

References[edit]

  1. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (2005-12-05). "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 5 Dec 2005 (pt 8)". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-06.