In British parliamentary practice, the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (usually known simply as the shadow cabinet) consists of senior members of His Majesty's Loyal Opposition who scrutinise their corresponding government ministers, develop alternative policies, hold the government to account for its actions and responses, and act as spokesperson for the opposition party in their own specific policy areas.[1] Since May 2010, the Labour Party has been the Official 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

Main article: Shadow Cabinet of Keir Starmer

Key
Sits in the House of Commons
Sits in the House of Lords
Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet of the United Kingdom[2][3][4] [edit]
Portfolio Shadow Minister Constituency Term
Shadow cabinet ministers
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Labour Party
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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
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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
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Rachel Reeves Leeds West May 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Official portrait of Rt Hon David Lammy MP crop 2.jpg
David Lammy[a] Tottenham Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
Official portrait of Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP crop 2.jpg
Yvette Cooper[a] Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Lord Chancellor
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
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Steve Reed Croydon North Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Official portrait of Rt Hon John Healey MP crop 2.jpg
John Healey[a] Wentworth and Dearne Apr 2020 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero
Official portrait of Rt Hon Edward Miliband MP crop 2.jpg
Ed Miliband[a] Doncaster North Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Industrial Strategy
Official portrait of Jonathan Reynolds MP crop 2.jpg
Jonathan Reynolds Stalybridge and Hyde Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
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Nick Thomas-Symonds[a] Torfaen Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Official portrait of Jonathan Ashworth MP crop 2.jpg
Jonathan Ashworth[a] Leicester South Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Official portrait of Wes Streeting MP crop 2.jpg
Wes Streeting Ilford North Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Education
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Bridget Phillipson Houghton and Sunderland South Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Official portrait of Lucy Powell MP crop 2.jpg
Lucy Powell Manchester Central Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Jim McMahon Oldham West and Royton Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Official portrait of Lisa Nandy MP crop 2.jpg
Lisa Nandy Wigan Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
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Louise Haigh Sheffield Heeley Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
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Peter Kyle Hove Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
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Ian Murray Edinburgh South Apr 2020 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
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Jo Stevens[5] Cardiff Central Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
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Anneliese Dodds Oxford East Sept 2021 – present
Chair of the Labour Party May 2021 – present
Shadow Minister of State at the Cabinet Office
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The Baroness Chapman of Darlington Member of the House of Lords Jun 2021 – present
Also attending shadow cabinet meetings
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
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Pat McFadden[a] Wolverhampton South East Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Cabinet Minister for International Development
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Preet Gill Birmingham Edgbaston Apr 2020 – present
Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health
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Rosena Allin-Khan Tooting Apr 2020 – present
Labour Party National Campaign Coordinator
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Shabana Mahmood Birmingham Ladywood May 2021 – present
Shadow Minister without Portfolio[6][7]
Labour Party Deputy National Campaign Coordinator
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Conor McGinn St Helens North December 2021 – present
Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales
Official portrait of Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP crop 2.jpg
Emily Thornberry[a] Islington South and Finsbury Nov 2021 – present
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
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Thangam Debbonaire Bristol West May 2021 – present
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Commons
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Alan Campbell[a] Tynemouth May 2021 – present
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
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The Baroness Smith of Basildon[a] Member of the House of Lords May 2015 – present
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords
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The Lord Kennedy of Southwark Member of the House of Lords Jun 2021 – present
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l This member is also a Privy Counsellor

See also

References

  1. ^ "Shadow cabinet". Institute for Government. Retrieved 18 April 2022. The shadow cabinet is made up of senior members of the main opposition party in Westminster who act as spokespeople for the opposition in specific policy areas. Shadow ministers are appointed by the leader of the opposition and generally take roles that mirror the current government. Their job is to scrutinise those they ‘shadow’ in government, and develop policies for their party.
  2. ^ "Keir Starmer appoints Shadow Cabinet". The Labour Party. Archived from the original on 6 April 2020. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Keir Starmer appoints Labour frontbench". The Labour Party. Archived from the original on 5 September 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Our Shadow Cabinet". The Labour Party. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/JoStevensLabour
  6. ^ https://members.parliament.uk/member/4458/career
  7. ^ https://members.parliament.uk/Opposition/Cabinet