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

Main article: Shadow Cabinet of Keir Starmer

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
Shadow First Secretary of State
Chair of the Labour Party
Angela Rayner[a] 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[a] 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[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
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
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m This member is also a Privy Counsellor

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.