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 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 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

A Shadow Cabinet was announced by the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, following a small reshuffle in January 2016. Following the 2016 referendum in which Britain voted to leave the European Union, a large number of Shadow Cabinet ministers resigned. In the early hours of Sunday 26 June, Corbyn sacked Hilary Benn (the shadow foreign secretary) for apparently leading a coup against him. This was quickly followed by a string of Labour MPs resigning their Shadow Cabinet positions.[1] By mid-afternoon on 27 June 2016, 23 of the Labour Party's 31 Shadow Cabinet members had resigned, as did seven parliamentary private secretaries. Corbyn soon filled some of the vacancies and endeavoured to fill the others.[2]

Portfolio Shadow Minister Term
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Labour Party
The Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP 2015–present
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Tom Watson MP 2015–present
Shadow First Secretary of State Angela Eagle MP 2015–2016
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell MP 2015–present
Shadow Home Secretary The Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP 2015–2016
Diane Abbott MP 2016–present
Shadow Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP 2015–2016
Emily Thornberry MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Maria Eagle MP 2015–2016
Emily Thornberry MP 2016
Clive Lewis MP 2016
Nia Griffith MP 2016–present
Shadow Lord Chancellor
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
The Rt Hon The Lord Falconer of Thoroton PC QC 2015–2016
Richard Burgon MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Education Lucy Powell MP 2015–2016
Pat Glass MP 2016
Angela Rayner MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Emily Thornberry MP 2016
Sir Keir Starmer KCB QC MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade Barry Gardiner MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (2015–2016)
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (2016–present)
Angela Eagle MP 2015–2016
Jon Trickett MP 2016
Clive Lewis MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Health Heidi Alexander MP 2015–2016
Diane Abbott MP 2016
Jon Ashworth MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Owen Smith MP 2015–2016
Debbie Abrahams MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Lilian Greenwood MP 2015–2016
Andy McDonald MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention
Jon Trickett MP 2015–2016
Grahame Morris MP 2016
Teresa Pearce MP 2016–present
Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning (2015–2016)
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing (2016–present)
The Rt Hon John Healey MP 2015–2016
Vacant 2016
The Rt Hon John Healey MP 2016–present
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Chris Bryant MP 2015–2016
Paul Flynn MP 2016
Valerie Vaz MP 2016–present
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords The Rt Hon The Baroness Smith of Basildon PC 2015–present
Shadow Lord President of the Council
Campaigns and Elections Director
Jon Trickett MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Ian Murray MP 2015–2016
Dave Anderson MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Nia Griffith MP 2015–2016
Paul Flynn MP 2016
Jo Stevens MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Vernon Coaker MP 2015–2016
Dave Anderson MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Kerry McCarthy MP 2015–2016
Rachael Maskell MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Diane Abbott MP 2015–2016
Kate Osamor MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Michael Dugher MP 2015–2016
Maria Eagle MP 2016
Kelvin Hopkins MP 2016
Tom Watson MP 2016–present
Also attending Shadow Cabinet meetings
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Seema Malhotra MP 2015–2016
Rebecca Long-Bailey MP 2016–present
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Tom Watson MP 2015–2016
Ian Lavery MP 2016–present
Shadow Attorney General Catherine McKinnell MP 2015–2016
Karl Turner MP 2016
Vacant 2016
The Rt Hon The Baroness Chakrabarti CBE 2016–present
Shadow Chief Whip of the House of Commons The Rt Hon Dame Rosie Winterton DBE MP 2015–2016
The Rt Hon Nick Brown MP 2016–present
Shadow Chief Whip of the House of Lords The Rt Hon The Lord Bassam of Brighton PC 2015–present
Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Kate Green MP 2015–2016
Angela Rayner MP 2016
Sarah Champion MP 2016–present
Shadow Minister for Mental Health Luciana Berger MP 2015–2016
Vacant 2016
Barbara Keeley MP 2016–present
Shadow Minister for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities Dawn Butler MP 2016–present
Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration (2015–2016)
Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs (2016–present)
Gloria De Piero MP 2015–2016
Cat Smith MP 2016–present
Shadow Minister without Portfolio Jon Ashworth MP 2015–2016
Andrew Gwynne MP 2016–present
Abolished portfolios
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (2015–2016) Lisa Nandy MP 2015–2016
Barry Gardiner MP 2016

See also

References

  1. ^ Asthana A, and Syal, R. (June 26, 2016). "Labour in crisis: Tom Watson criticises Hilary Benn sacking". The Guardian. Retrieved June 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Jeremy Corbyn's new-look shadow cabinet". The Telegraph. London, UK. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 

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