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[lower-alpha 1] 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[lower-alpha 1] 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[lower-alpha 1] Torfaen Apr 2020–present
Shadow Lord Chancellor
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
David Lammy[lower-alpha 1] Tottenham Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence John Healey[lower-alpha 1] Wentworth and Dearne Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Ed Miliband[lower-alpha 1] Doncaster North Apr 2020–present
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade Emily Thornberry[lower-alpha 1] 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[lower-alpha 1] 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[lower-alpha 2] Rosena Allin-Khan Tooting Apr 2020–present[lower-alpha 2]
Shadow Secretary of State for Young People and Democracy[lower-alpha 2] Cat Smith Lancaster and Fleetwood Jun 2016–present[lower-alpha 2]
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[lower-alpha 1] 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[lower-alpha 1] Tynemouth May 2021–present
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords Angela Smith[lower-alpha 1] Not applicable May 2015–present
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords Tommy McAvoy[lower-alpha 1] Not applicable Jan 2018–present
  1. This member is also a Privy Counsellor
  2. Portfolio was Shadow Minister rank (attending Shadow Cabinet) until May 2021 reshuffle, when promoted to Shadow Secretary of State

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