Minister without portfolio (United Kingdom)

In the United Kingdom, the Minister without portfolio is often a cabinet position, and is sometimes used to enable people such as the Chairman of the Conservative Party or the Chair of the Labour Party to attend cabinet meetings (if so, they hold the title of "Party chairman"). The sinecure positions of Lord Privy Seal and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which have few responsibilities and have a higher rank in the Order of Precedence than Minister without Portfolio can also be used for similar effect.

United Kingdom
Minister without Portfolio
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Incumbent
Amanda Milling

since 13 February 2020
Cabinet Office
StyleThe Right Honourable
Reports toThe Prime Minister
NominatorThe Prime Minister
AppointerThe British Monarch
on the advice of the Prime Minister
Term lengthNo fixed term
Inaugural holderWilliam Cavendish
FormationJanuary 1805
WebsiteGOV.UK

List of office holdersEdit

18th centuryEdit

19th centuryEdit

Name Portrait Concurrent office(s) Tenure Political party Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland   January 1805 – February 1806 Whig William Pitt the Younger
William Fitzwilliam, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam   October 1806 – March 1807 William Grenville
(Ministry of All the Talents)
William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland   4 – 30 October 1809 Tory Spencer Perceval
Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby   November 1809 – June 1812 Tory (Pittite)
John Pratt, 2nd Earl Camden (created 1st Marquess Camden, August 1812)   8 April – December 1812 Tory
Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool
Henry Phipps, 1st Earl of Mulgrave   January 1819 – May 1820
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne   April – July 1827 Whig George Canning
William Bentinck, 4th Duke of Portland   July – September 1827 Tory (Canningite)
George Howard, 6th Earl of Carlisle 22 November 1830 – 5 June 1834 Whig Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington   3 September 1841 – July 1846 Conservative Robert Peel
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne   28 December 1852 – 21 February 1858 Whig George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
(until February 1855)
Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
Lord John Russell   February 1853 – June 1854 George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen
Spencer Horatio Walpole   May 1867 – February 1868 Conservative Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby
Michael Hicks Beach   7 March 1887 – 20 February 1888 Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury

Edwardian and wartimeEdit

Name Portrait Concurrent office(s) Tenure Political party Prime Minister
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne   25 May 1915 – December 1916 Liberal Unionist H. H. Asquith
(Coalition)
Arthur Henderson   Member of the War Cabinet 10 December 1916 – 12 August 1917 Labour David Lloyd George
(Coalition)
Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner   10 December 1916 – 18 April 1918 Conservative
Jan Smuts   22 June 1917 – 10 January 1919 South African Party
Edward Carson   17 July 1917 – 21 January 1918 Ulster Unionist Party (Irish Unionist)
George Barnes   Member of the War Cabinet (until October 1919) 13 August 1917 – 27 January 1920 Labour
Austen Chamberlain   Member of the War Cabinet 18 April 1918 – 10 January 1919 Conservative
Eric Campbell Geddes   10 January – 31 October 1919
Laming Worthington-Evans   Member of the War Cabinet (until October 1919) 10 January 1919 – 13 February 1921
Christopher Addison   1 April – 14 July 1921 Liberal
Anthony Eden   Minister for League of Nations affairs 7 June – 22 December 1935 Conservative Stanley Baldwin
(Coalition)
Eustace Percy   7 June 1935 – 31 March 1936
Leslie Burgin   Minister of Supply-designate 21 April – 14 July 1939 National Liberal Party Neville Chamberlain
(Coalition)
Maurice Hankey   Member of the War Cabinet September 1939 – 10 May 1940 no party Neville Chamberlain
(Coalition)
Arthur Greenwood   11 May 1940 – 22 February 1942 Labour Winston Churchill
(Coalition)
William Jowitt   30 December 1942 – 8 October 1944

Post-warEdit

Name Portrait Concurrent office(s) Tenure Political party Prime Minister
A. V. Alexander   4 October – 20 December 1946 Labour Co-operative Clement Attlee
Arthur Greenwood   17 April – 29 September 1947 Labour
Geoffrey FitzClarence, 5th Earl of Munster 18 October 1954 – 1957 Conservative Winston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Stormont Mancroft, 2nd Baron Mancroft 11 June 1957 – 1958 Harold Macmillan
Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, 11th Earl of Dundee   23 October 1958 – 1961 Unionist
Percy Mills, 1st Baron Mills Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 9 October 1961 – 13 July 1962 Conservative
Bill Deedes 13 July 1962 – 16 October 1964
Alec Douglas-Home
Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington   Leader of the House of Lords 20 October 1963 – 16 October 1964
Eric Fletcher 19 October 1964 – 6 April 1966 Labour Harold Wilson
Arthur Champion, Baron Champion Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 21 October 1964 – 7 January 1967
Douglas Houghton 6 April 1966 – 7 January 1967
Edward Shackleton, Baron Shackleton Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 7 January 1967 – 16 January 1968
Patrick Gordon Walker   7 January – 21 August 1967
George Thomson 17 October 1968 – 6 October 1969
Peter Shore 6 October 1969 – 19 June 1970
Niall Macpherson, 1st Baron Drumalbyn 15 October 1970 – 1974 Unionist Edward Heath
Morys Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare 8 January – March 1974 Conservative
David Young, Baron Young of Graffham   advising on unemployment 11 September 1984 – 3 September 1985 Margaret Thatcher
Jeremy Hanley Chairman of the Conservative Party 20 July 1994 – 5 July 1995 John Major
Brian Mawhinney 5 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Peter Mandelson   called the "Dome Secretary" 2 May 1997 – 27 July 1998 Labour Tony Blair

21st centuryEdit

Name Portrait Concurrent office(s) Tenure Political party Prime Minister
Charles Clarke   Labour Party Chair 9 June 2001 – October 2002 Labour Tony Blair
John Reid   24 October 2002 – April 2003
Ian McCartney   4 April 2003 – May 2006
Hazel Blears   5 May 2006 – June 2007
no appointment 28 June 2007 – May 2010 Gordon Brown
Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Warsi   Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party 12 May 2010 – 4 September 2012 Conservative David Cameron
(Coalition)
Grant Shapps   4 September 2012 – May 2015
Kenneth Clarke   Trade envoy 4 September 201215 July 2014
John Hayes   Senior Parliamentary Adviser to the Prime Minister (Cabinet Office) 28 March 2013 – July 2014
Robert Halfon   Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party 11 May 2015 – 17 July 2016 David Cameron
no appointment 17 July 2016 – 8 January 2018 Theresa May
Brandon Lewis   Chairman of the Conservative Party 8 January 2018 – 24 July 2019
James Cleverly   24 July 2019 – 13 February 2020 Boris Johnson
Amanda Milling   13 February 2020 – present

See alsoEdit

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