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Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (United Kingdom)

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In British parliamentary practice, the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (usually known simply as the shadow cabinet) consists of senior members of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition who scrutinise their corresponding government ministers, 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 twenty).

The leader of the opposition, the opposition chief whip and opposition deputy chief whip are the only members of the Official Opposition to be paid 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

Key
Sits in the House of Commons
Sits in the House of Lords
Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet of the United Kingdom[1][2][3] [edit]
Portfolio Shadow Minister Constituency Term
Shadow cabinet ministers
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Labour Party
Official portrait of Keir Starmer crop 2.jpg Keir Starmer[a] Holborn and St Pancras Apr 2020–present
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow First Secretary of State
Official portrait of Angela Rayner MP crop 2.jpg Angela Rayner[a] Ashton-under-Lyne Apr 2020–present
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work
May 2021–present
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Official portrait of Rachel Reeves crop 2.jpg Rachel Reeves Leeds West May 2021–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Official portrait of Lisa Nandy MP crop 2.jpg Lisa Nandy Wigan Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department Official portrait of Nick Thomas-Symonds crop 2.jpg Nick Thomas-Symonds[a] Torfaen Apr 2020–present
Shadow Lord Chancellor
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Official portrait of Rt Hon David Lammy MP crop 2.jpg David Lammy[a] Tottenham Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Official portrait of Rt Hon John Healey MP crop 2.jpg John Healey[a] Wentworth and Dearne Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Official portrait of Rt Hon Edward Miliband MP crop 2.jpg Ed Miliband[a] Doncaster North Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade Official portrait of Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP crop 2.jpg Emily Thornberry[a] Islington South and Finsbury Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Official portrait of Jonathan Reynolds MP crop 2.jpg Jonathan Reynolds Stalybridge and Hyde Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Official portrait of Jonathan Ashworth MP crop 2.jpg Jonathan Ashworth[a] Leicester South Oct 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Education Official portrait of Kate Green crop 2.jpg Kate Green Stretford and Urmston Jun 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Official portrait of Jo Stevens MP crop 2.jpg Jo Stevens Cardiff Central Apr 2020–present
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Official portrait of Bridget Phillipson MP crop 2.jpg Bridget Phillipson Houghton and Sunderland South Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Official portrait of Luke Pollard MP crop 2.jpg Luke Pollard Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Official portrait of Mr Steve Reed crop 2.jpg Steve Reed Croydon North Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing Official portrait of Lucy Powell MP crop 2.jpg Lucy Powell Manchester Central May 2021–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Official portrait of Jim McMahon crop 2.jpg Jim McMahon Oldham West and Royton Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Official portrait of Preet Kaur Gill MP crop 2.jpg Preet Gill Birmingham Edgbaston Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Official portrait of Louise Haigh MP crop 2.jpg Louise Haigh Sheffield Heeley Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Official portrait of Ian Murray crop 2.jpg Ian Murray Edinburgh South Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Official portrait of Nia Griffith MP crop 2.jpg Nia Griffith Llanelli Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Marsha de Cordova Official Parliamentary Photo.jpg Marsha de Cordova Battersea Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights and Protections Official portrait of Andy McDonald MP crop 2.jpg Andy McDonald Middlesbrough Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Mental Health[b] Official portrait of Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP crop 2.jpg Rosena Allin-Khan Tooting Apr 2020–present[b]
Shadow Secretary of State for Young People and Democracy[b] Official portrait of Cat Smith MP crop 2.jpg Cat Smith Lancaster and Fleetwood Jun 2016–present[b]
Shadow Secretary of State for Child Poverty Official portrait of Wes Streeting MP crop 2.jpg Wes Streeting Ilford North May 2021–present
Also attending shadow cabinet meetings
Chair of the Labour Party Official portrait of Anneliese Dodds MP crop 2.jpg Anneliese Dodds Oxford East May 2021–present
Labour Party National Campaign Coordinator Official portrait of Shabana Mahmood MP crop 2.jpg Shabana Mahmood Birmingham Ladywood May 2021–present
Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales Portrait of Lord Falconer.jpg Charlie Falconer[a] Not applicable Apr 2020–present
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Official portrait of Thangam Debbonaire MP crop 2.jpg Thangam Debbonaire Bristol West May 2021–present
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Commons Official portrait of Rt Hon Sir Alan Campbell MP crop 2.jpg Alan Campbell[a] Tynemouth May 2021–present
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords Official portrait of Baroness Smith of Basildon crop 2, 2019.jpg Angela Smith[a] Not applicable May 2015–present
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords Official portrait of Lord McAvoy crop 2, 2019.jpg Tommy McAvoy[a] Not applicable Jan 2018–present
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l This member is also a Privy Counsellor
  2. ^ a b c d Portfolio was Shadow Minister rank (attending Shadow Cabinet) until May 2021 reshuffle, when promoted to Shadow Secretary of State

See also

References

  1. ^ "Keir Starmer appoints Shadow Cabinet". The Labour Party. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Keir Starmer appoints Labour frontbench". The Labour Party. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Our Shadow Cabinet". The Labour Party. Retrieved 6 April 2020.

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