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 His Majesty's Loyal Opposition who scrutinise their corresponding government ministers, develop alternative policies, hold the government to account for its actions and responses, and act as spokesperson for the opposition party in their own specific policy areas. Since May 2010, the Labour Party has been the Official 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.
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- This member is also a Privy Counsellor
- His Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (United Kingdom)
- Official Opposition frontbench
- List of British shadow cabinets
- List of shadow holders of the Great Offices of State
- 2010 Labour Party (UK) Shadow Cabinet election
- May 2021 British shadow cabinet reshuffle
- November 2021 British shadow cabinet reshuffle
- Liberal Democrat frontbench team
- Cabinet of the United Kingdom
- British Government frontbench
- "Shadow cabinet". Institute for Government. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
The shadow cabinet is made up of senior members of the main opposition party in Westminster who act as spokespeople for the opposition in specific policy areas. Shadow ministers are appointed by the leader of the opposition and generally take roles that mirror the current government. Their job is to scrutinise those they ‘shadow’ in government, and develop policies for their party.
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- "Keir Starmer appoints Labour frontbench". The Labour Party. Archived from the original on 5 September 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
- "Our Shadow Cabinet". The Labour Party. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
- His Majesty's Official Opposition – official UK Parliament webpage