Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (United Kingdom)

In British parliamentary practice, the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (usually known simply as the shadow cabinet) consists of senior members of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition who scrutinise their corresponding government ministers, develop alternative policies, and hold the government to account for its actions and responses. Since May 2010, the Labour Party has been Her Majesty's Loyal 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.

Members

Key
Sits in the House of Commons
Sits in the House of Lords
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
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow First Secretary of State
  Angela Rayner[a] Ashton-under-Lyne Apr 2020–present
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office
Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work
May 2021–present
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer   Rachel Reeves Leeds West May 2021–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[a] Torfaen 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[a] 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   Lucy Powell Manchester Central May 2021–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
Shadow Secretary of State for Mental Health[b]   Rosena Allin-Khan Tooting Apr 2020–present[b]
Shadow Secretary of State for Young People and Democracy[b]   Cat Smith Lancaster and Fleetwood Jun 2016–present[b]
Shadow Secretary of State for Child Poverty   Wes Streeting Ilford North May 2021–present
Also attending shadow cabinet meetings
Chair of the Labour Party   Anneliese Dodds Oxford East May 2021–present
Labour Party National Campaign Coordinator   Shabana Mahmood Birmingham Ladywood May 2021–present
Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales   Charlie Falconer[a] Not applicable Apr 2020–present
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons   Thangam Debbonaire Bristol West May 2021–present
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Commons   Alan Campbell[a] Tynemouth May 2021–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
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l This member is also a Privy Counsellor
  2. ^ a b c d Portfolio was Shadow Minister rank (attending Shadow Cabinet) until May 2021 reshuffle, when promoted to Shadow Secretary of State

See also

References

  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.

External links