Shadow Cabinet of William Hague

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The Shadow Cabinet appointed by Conservative Party leader William Hague was the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet from 1997 to 2001. Following his initial appointments in June 1997, Hague reshuffled the Shadow Cabinet five times before his resignation as leader following defeat in the 2001 general election.

Initial Shadow Cabinet[edit]

June 1998 reshuffle[edit]

Hague first reshuffled the Shadow Cabinet on 1 June 1998.

Junior Shadow Ministers
Changes from June 1997

December 1998[edit]

A minor Shadow Cabinet reshuffle was required on 2 December 1998, due to the sacking of Viscount Cranborne over the House of Lords Act 1999. Cranborne had been engaged in secret negotiations with the Labour Government over the issue of hereditary peers, without informing William Hague. This amendment (proposed by Bernard Weatherill for issues of formality, known as the Weatherill Amendment) allowed 92 hereditary peers to remain. The sacking of Cranborne led to a leadership crisis, with some Conservative peers resigning the party whip.

Shadow Cabinet[edit]


1999 reshuffle[edit]

Hague again reshuffled the Shadow Cabinet on 15 June 1999.

Junior Shadow Ministers
Changes from 2 December 1998

February 2000 reshuffle[edit]

On 2 February 2000, Hague again reshuffled the Shadow Cabinet.

Junior Shadow Ministers
Changes from 15 June 1999

September 2000 reshuffle[edit]

Hague's final Shadow Cabinet reshuffle occurred on 26 September 2000.

Junior Shadow Ministers
Changes from 2 February 2000

See also[edit]

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