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The Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (usually known simply as the Shadow Cabinet) is, in British parliamentary practice, 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 draw remuneration 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

A Shadow Cabinet was announced by the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, following a small reshuffle in January 2016. Following the 2016 referendum in which Britain voted to leave the European Union, a large number of Shadow Cabinet ministers resigned. In the early hours of Sunday 26 June, Corbyn sacked Hilary Benn (the shadow foreign secretary) for apparently leading a coup against him. This was quickly followed by a string of Labour MPs resigning their Shadow Cabinet positions.[1] By mid-afternoon on 27 June 2016, 23 of the Labour Party's 31 Shadow Cabinet members had resigned, as did seven parliamentary private secretaries. Corbyn soon filled some of the vacancies and endeavoured to fill the others.[2]

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 of State for Women and Equalities Naz Shah MP 2018–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

See also

References

  1. ^ Asthana A; Syal, R. (June 26, 2016). "Labour in crisis: Tom Watson criticises Hilary Benn sacking". The Guardian. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  2. ^ "Jeremy Corbyn's new-look shadow cabinet". The Telegraph. London, UK. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.

External links

  • Government & opposition – official UK Parliament webpage
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