Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (United Kingdom)

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The Official Loyal 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.

Members of the Shadow Cabinet[edit]

The current Shadow Cabinet was announced on 11 May 2015 by Leader of the Opposition Harriet Harman, following the 2015 general election.

Portfolio Shadow Minister
Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition
Acting Leader of the Labour Party
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Labour Party Chair
The Rt Hon. Harriet Harman QC MP
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Chris Leslie MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs The Rt Hon. Hilary Benn MP
Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department The Rt Hon. Yvette Cooper MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Shadow Lord Chancellor
The Rt Hon. The Lord Falconer of Thoroton PC QC
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Commons The Rt Hon. Rosie Winterton MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Health The Rt Hon. Andy Burnham MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Chuka Umunna MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Rachel Reeves MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Education The Hon. Tristram Hunt MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Vernon Coaker MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Emma Reynolds MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change The Rt Hon. Caroline Flint MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Angela Eagle MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Michael Dugher MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Ivan Lewis MP
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Mary Creagh MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Ian Murray MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Owen Smith MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Maria Eagle MP
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Lucy Powell MP
Shadow Minister without Portfolio
Deputy Chair of the Labour Party
Jon Trickett MP
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria De Piero MP
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Shabana Mahmood MP
Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords The Rt Hon. The Baroness Smith of Basildon PC
Shadow Chief Whip in the House of Lords The Rt Hon. The Lord Bassam of Brighton PC
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Chris Bryant MP
Also attends Shadow Cabinet meetings
Shadow Minister for Care and Older People Liz Kendall MP
Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales The Rt Hon. The Lord Bach PC
Changes

Sources: Parliament.uk Labour Shadow Cabinet

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