Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (United Kingdom)

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The Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (usually known simply as the 'Shadow Cabinet') is, in British parliamentary practice, senior members of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition who scrutinise their corresponding ministers in the Government, develop alternative policies, and hold the Government to account for its actions and responses. Since May 2010, the Labour Party has been Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, and its leadership therefore forms the current Shadow Cabinet.

Not all Opposition frontbenchers are members of the Shadow Cabinet, which is composed of the most senior Opposition Members (usually around 20).

The Leader of the Opposition, the Opposition Chief Whip and Opposition Deputy Chief Whip are the only Members of the Official Opposition to draw remuneration for their Opposition roles in addition to their salaries as Members of Parliament. The Leader of the Opposition and the Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords also receive a salary.

Members of the Shadow Cabinet

The current Shadow Cabinet was announced by the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, following a small reshuffle in January 2016.

Portfolio Shadow Minister Term
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Labour Party
The Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP 2015–
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Tom Watson MP 2015–
Shadow First Secretary of State
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Angela Eagle MP 2015–
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Shadow Lord Chancellor
The Rt Hon The Lord Falconer of Thoroton PC QC 2015–
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Seema Malhotra MP 2015–
Shadow Home Secretary The Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP 2015–
Shadow Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP 2015–
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Commons The Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Health Heidi Alexander MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Education Lucy Powell MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Owen Smith MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Maria Eagle MP 2015–2016
Emily Thornberry MP 2016–
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention
Jon Trickett MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Lisa Nandy MP 2015–
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Chris Bryant MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Lilian Greenwood MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Vernon Coaker MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Diane Abbott MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Ian Murray MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Nia Griffith MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Kerry McCarthy MP 2015–
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Kate Green MP 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Michael Dugher MP 2015–2016
Maria Eagle MP 2016–
Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration Gloria De Piero MP 2015–
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords The Rt Hon The Baroness Smith of Basildon PC 2015–
Shadow Minister for Mental Health Luciana Berger MP 2015–
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords The Rt Hon The Lord Bassam of Brighton PC 2015–
Also attending Shadow Cabinet meetings
Shadow Attorney General Catherine McKinnell MP 2015–2016
Karl Turner MP 2016–
Shadow Minister without Portfolio Jon Ashworth MP 2015–
Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning The Rt Hon John Healey MP 2015–

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