Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn

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Jeremy Corbyn assumed the position of Leader of the Opposition after being elected as Leader of the Labour Party on 12 September 2015; the election was triggered by Ed Miliband's resignation following the Labour Party's electoral defeat at the 2015 general election when David Cameron formed a majority Conservative government.

Corbyn appointed his first Shadow Cabinet in September 2015. A small reshuffle occurred on 5 January 2016, with one further resignation on 11 January 2016. Dozens of further resignations occurred on 26 and 27 June 2016.[1] The cabinet was most recently reshuffled following the 2017 general election.

Shadow Cabinet members since September 2015[edit]

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 The Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP 2017–present
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer The Rt Hon John McDonnell MP 2015–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs The Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department The Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Nia Griffith MP 2016–present
Shadow Lord Chancellor
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
The Rt Hon Richard Burgon MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union The Rt Hon Keir Starmer KCB QC MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade Barry Gardiner MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Health Jon Ashworth MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey MP 2017–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Margaret Greenwood MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Andy McDonald MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Co-National Campaign Coordinator (Serving with Ian Lavery)
Andrew Gwynne MP 2017–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing The Rt Hon John Healey MP 2016–present
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Valerie Vaz MP 2016–present
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords The Rt Hon Angela Smith 2015–present
Shadow Lord President of the Council Jon Trickett MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Lesley Laird MP 2017–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Christina Rees MP 2017–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd MP 2017–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sue Hayman MP 2017–present
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Kate Osamor MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Tom Watson MP 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler MP 2017–present
Also attending Shadow Cabinet meetings
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd MP 2017–present
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Jon Trickett MP 2017–present
Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti CBE 2016–present
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Commons The Rt Hon Nick Brown MP 2016–present
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords The Rt Hon Steve Bassam 2015–present
Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care Barbara Keeley MP 2016–present
Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities Dawn Butler MP 2017–present
Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs Cat Smith MP 2016–present
Co-National Campaign Coordinator (Serving with Andrew Gwynne) Ian Lavery MP 2017-present

Current Shadow Cabinet[edit]

Member of the House of Commons
Member of the House of Lords
Privy Counsellor
Member of the European Parliament
Portfolio Shadow Minister Term
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn 2015–
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2016–
Shadow First Secretary of State Emily Thornberry 2017–
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 2016–
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell 2015–
Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department Diane Abbott 2016–
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Nia Griffith 2016–
Shadow Lord Chancellor
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Richard Burgon 2016–
Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Keir Starmer KCB QC 2016–
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade Barry Gardiner 2016–
Shadow Secretary of State for Health Jon Ashworth 2016–
Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner 2016–
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey 2017–
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Margaret Greenwood 2018–
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Andy McDonald 2016–
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Co-National Campaigns Coordinator
Andrew Gwynne 2017–
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing John Healey 2016–
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Valerie Vaz 2016–
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords Angela Smith 2015–
Shadow Lord President of the Council Jon Trickett 2016–
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Jo Platt 2018–
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Lesley Laird 2017–
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Christina Rees 2017–
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Tony Lloyd 2018–
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sue Hayman 2017–
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Kate Osamor 2016–
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler 2017–
Also attending Shadow Cabinet meetings
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Peter Dowd 2017–
Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti 2016–
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Commons Nick Brown 2016–
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords Steve Bassam 2015–
Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care Barbara Keeley 2016–
Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities Dawn Butler 2017–
Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs Cat Smith 2016–
Shadow Minister without Portfolio
Labour Party Chair
Co-National Campaign Coordinator
Ian Lavery 2017–
Leader of the EPLP Richard Corbett 2017–

Creation[edit]

Corbyn named his first Shadow Cabinet appointments on 13 September and announced its full composition on 14 September. One of Labour's largest reshuffles, the announcement was further delayed by a large number of previous Shadow Cabinet members publicly announcing they would not participate under Corbyn, even if called to do so. The following members declined to serve:

The remaining changes are as follows:

Composition[edit]

  • In his inaugural Shadow Cabinet, 17 out of 31 members were women, making it the first frontbench team in British parliamentary history to comprise a female majority. Corbyn was criticised for giving what are traditionally seen as the top jobs (Chancellor, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary) to men, although he insisted that positions such as Education and Health Secretary were just as important.[6]
  • All members of Corbyn's first Shadow Cabinet previously voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.[7]

January 2016 reshuffle[edit]

On 6 January 2016, Corbyn replaced Shadow Culture Secretary Michael Dugher with Shadow Defence Secretary Maria Eagle (who was in turn replaced by Shadow Employment Minister Emily Thornberry).[8] He also replaced Shadow Europe Minister (not attending Shadow Cabinet) Pat McFadden with Pat Glass.[8] The reshuffle prompted three junior shadow ministers to resign in solidarity with McFadden: Shadow Rail Minister Jonathan Reynolds, Shadow Defence Minister Kevan Jones and Shadow Foreign Minister Stephen Doughty.[8][citation needed][9] On 7 January, Reynolds was replaced by Andy McDonald, Doughty by Fabian Hamilton, Jones by Kate Hollern and Thornberry by Angela Rayner; as well as appointing Jenny Chapman to the education team and Jo Stevens to the justice team.[10]

On 11 January 2016, Shadow Attorney General Catherine McKinnell resigned, citing party infighting, family reasons and a wish to speak in Parliament away from front-bench responsibilities. She was replaced by Karl Turner.[11]

June 2016 reshuffle[edit]

Resignations[edit]

On Sunday 26 June and Monday 27 June 2016, a number of members of the shadow cabinet either resigned or were sacked. This process began with Jeremy Corbyn sacking Hilary Benn as Shadow Foreign Secretary in the early hours of Sunday morning after Corbyn informed Benn that he knew Benn had been constructing a coup against the Leadership during the run up to the vote to leave the European Union. Subsequently, the following resigned (in chronological order):

  • Heidi Alexander – Shadow Health Secretary[12][13][14]
  • Gloria De Piero – Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration[13][14]
  • Ian Murray – Shadow Scottish Secretary[13][14]
  • Lilian Greenwood – Shadow Transport Secretary[13][14]
  • Lucy Powell – Shadow Education Secretary[13][14]
  • Kerry McCarthy – Shadow Environment Secretary[13][14]
  • Seema Malhotra – Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury[13][14]
  • Vernon Coaker – Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary[13][14]
  • Charles Falconer – Shadow Justice Secretary[13][14]
  • Karl Turner – Shadow Attorney General[13][14]
  • Chris Bryant – Shadow Leader of the House of Commons[13][14]
  • Diana Johnson – Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Minister[14]

On 27 June:

  • Lisa Nandy – Shadow Energy Secretary[13][14]
  • Owen Smith – Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary[13][14]
  • Angela Eagle – Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Business Secretary[13][14]
  • John Healey – Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning[13][14]
  • Nia Griffith – Shadow Welsh Secretary[13][14]
  • Maria Eagle – Shadow Culture Secretary[13][14]
  • Kate Green – Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities[13][14]
  • Luciana Berger – Shadow Minister for Mental Health[13][14]

On 29 June:

  • Pat Glass – new Shadow Education Secretary[14]

All cited concerns over the EU vote and Corbyn's leadership.[12][citation needed]

New appointments[edit]

Following the resignations, Corbyn appointed several new MPs to shadow cabinet positions:[15]

  • Emily Thornberry – Shadow Foreign Secretary
  • Diane Abbott – Shadow Health Secretary
  • Pat Glass – Shadow Education Secretary (resigned on 29 June 2016)
  • Andy McDonald – Shadow Transport Secretary
  • Clive Lewis – Shadow Defence Secretary
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey – Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Kate Osamor – Shadow International Development Secretary
  • Rachael Maskell – Shadow Environment Secretary
  • Cat Smith – Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs
  • Dave Anderson – Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary
  • Dave Anderson – Shadow Scottish Secretary
  • Richard Burgon – Shadow Justice Secretary
  • Debbie Abrahams – Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary
  • Grahame Morris – Shadow Communities Secretary
  • Barry Gardiner – Shadow Energy Secretary
  • Jon Trickett – Shadow Lord President of the Council
  • Jon Trickett – Shadow Business Secretary
  • Angela Rayner – Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities (later appointed Shadow Education Secretary)
  • Angela Rayner – Shadow Education Secretary
  • Paul Flynn – Shadow Secretary of State for Wales[16]
  • Paul Flynn – Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
  • Kelvin Hopkins – Shadow Culture Secretary
  • Emily Thornberry – Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
  • Barry Gardiner – Shadow International Trade Secretary

October 2016 reshuffle[edit]

Following his victory in the 2016 Labour Party leadership election, Jeremy Corbyn began a reshuffle of his cabinet on 7 October:[17]

Summary of changes[edit]

Owen Smith, who lost to Corbyn in the preceding leadership election, declined to continue in Shadow Cabinet, if offered. Angela Smith and Steve Bassam formally returned to Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Leader of the House of Lords and Shadow Chief Whip of the House of Lords after boycotting following the June reshuffle.

February 2017 reshuffle[edit]

Resignations[edit]

On Thursday 19 January, Jeremy Corbyn was reported to be preparing to order Labour MPs to vote to support triggering Article 50 in the vote on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill 2017, in line with a three-line whip.[18] This triggered the following resignations from the frontbench (in chronological order):

On Thursday 26 January:

On Friday 27 January:

On Wednesday 1 February:

On Wednesday 8 February:

  • Clive Lewis – Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy[22]

Replacements[edit]

June 2017 reshuffles[edit]

Following the 2017 General Election, Corbyn began a reshuffle of his shadow cabinet:[23]

On 14 June 2017:

Later that month, Corbyn sacked three Shadow Cabinet members (Ruth Cadbury, Catherine West and Andy Slaughter) and a fourth (Daniel Zeichner) resigned.[24] This was after they had rebelled against party orders to abstain in the vote on a motion that was proposed by Labour MP Chuka Umunna and was aimed at keeping the UK in the EU single market.[24]

August 2017[edit]

October 2017[edit]

March 2018[edit]

Economic Advisory Committee[edit]

On 27 September 2015, the formation of an Economic Advisory Committee was announced, with John McDonnell saying: "I am delighted to convene this Economic Advisory Committee that will assist in developing a radical but pragmatic and deliverable economic policy for our country."[25]

Danny Blanchflower quit the panel and said he would also wind up his review of the role of the Bank of England on 28 June 2016 following the mass resignations of the Shadow Cabinet, joining them in calling for Corbyn to step down.[26] Piketty revealed that he had also left the panel in June, citing work commitments, whilst other members of the panel issued a statement saying the panel had agreed to delay further meetings but would be "honoured" to serve the Labour Party in future after the leadership situation was resolved.[26] Simon Wren-Lewis later joined with Blanchflower endorsing Owen Smith over Corbyn for the leadership on 31 July 2016.[27]

The current status of the committee after Corbyn's re-election as leader and subsequent reshuffle in October 2016 is unknown.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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