Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (United Kingdom)

opposition cabinet of the United Kingdom

In British parliamentary practice, the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (usually known simply as the shadow cabinet) is made up of senior members of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition who criticize the current government ministers and create alternative policies.

Since 11 May 2010, the Labour Party has been Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, and its leadership therefore forms the current shadow cabinet.

Current Shadow CabinetEdit

Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet of the United Kingdom[1][2][3] [edit]
Portfolio Shadow Minister Constituency Term
Shadow cabinet ministers
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Labour Party
  Keir Starmer[a] Holborn and St Pancras Apr 2020–present
Shadow First Secretary of State
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Chair of the Labour Party
  Angela Rayner Ashton-under-Lyne Apr 2020–present
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer   Anneliese Dodds Oxford East Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs   Lisa Nandy Wigan Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department   Nick Thomas-Symonds Torfaen Apr 2020–present
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
  Rachel Reeves Leeds West Apr 2020–present
Shadow Lord Chancellor
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
  David Lammy[a] Tottenham Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence   John Healey[a] Wentworth and Dearne Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy   Ed Miliband[a] Doncaster North Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade   Emily Thornberry[a] Islington South and Finsbury Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions   Jonathan Reynolds Stalybridge and Hyde Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care   Jonathan Ashworth Leicester South Oct 2016–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Education   Kate Green Stretford and Urmston Jun 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport   Jo Stevens Cardiff Central Apr 2020–present
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury   Bridget Phillipson Houghton and Sunderland South Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs   Luke Pollard Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government   Steve Reed Croydon North Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing   Thangam Debbonaire Bristol West Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport   Jim McMahon Oldham West and Royton Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development   Preet Gill Birmingham Edgbaston Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland   Louise Haigh Sheffield Heeley Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland   Ian Murray Edinburgh South Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales   Nia Griffith Llanelli Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities   Marsha de Cordova Battersea Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights and Protections   Andy McDonald Middlesbrough Apr 2020–present
Also attending shadow cabinet meetings
Shadow Minister for Mental Health   Rosena Allin-Khan Tooting Apr 2020–present
Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement   Cat Smith Lancaster and Fleetwood Jun 2016–present
Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales   Charlie Falconer[a] Not applicable Apr 2020–present
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons   Valerie Vaz[a] Walsall South Oct 2016–present
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Commons   Nick Brown[a] Newcastle upon Tyne East Oct 2016–present
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords   Angela Smith[a] Not applicable May 2015–present
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords   Tommy McAvoy[a] Not applicable Jan 2018–present
Key
Sits in the House of Commons
Sits in the House of Lords

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 This member is also a Privy Counsellor

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Keir Starmer appoints Shadow Cabinet". The Labour Party. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  2. "Keir Starmer appoints Labour frontbench". The Labour Party. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  3. "Our Shadow Cabinet". The Labour Party. Retrieved 6 April 2020.