Official Opposition frontbench


The frontbench of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in the Parliament of the United Kingdom consists of the Shadow Cabinet and other official shadow ministers of the political party currently serving as the Official Opposition. Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition is currently the Labour Party, and the Leader of the Opposition is Keir Starmer.[1]

The latest Labour frontbench was announced on 9 April 2020.[2]

The Opposition frontbench provide Parliamentary opposition to the British Government frontbench.

Key


Sits in the House of Commons
Sits in the House of Lords
Privy Counsellor
Shadow Cabinet full members in bold
Shadow Cabinet attendees in bold italics

Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Cabinet Office


Office of the Leader of the Opposition
Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition
Leader of the Labour Party
Keir Starmer April 2020 – present
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow First Secretary of State
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Angela Rayner
Shadow Chancellor to the Duchy of Lancaster Angela Rayner April 2020 - May 2021
National Campaign Coordinator Shabana Mahmood May 2021 - present
Cabinet Office
Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Rachel Reeves April 2020 - May 2021
Angela Rayner May 2021 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Young People and Democracy Cat Smith June 2016 – present
Shadow Minister for Brexit and EU Negotiations Paul Blomfield (joint with International Trade) April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Helen Hayes April 2020 - December 2020
Fleur Anderson January 2021 - present
Shadow Paymaster General Jack Dromey
Shadow Spokesperson The Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town April 2020 – present
Shadow Spokesperson for Constitutional Affairs and Devolved Issues Baroness Smith of Basildon

Foreign relations


Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Lisa Nandy[3] April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Europe and Americas Catherine West
Shadow Minister for Africa Stephen Doughty (joint with International Development)
Shadow Minister for Middle East and North Africa Wayne David
Shadow Minister for Asia and Pacific Stephen Kinnock
Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament Fabian Hamilton
Shadow Spokesperson The Lord Collins of Highbury (also with DFID, also a whip) September 2015 – present
Defence
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence John Healey April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Armed Forces Stephen Morgan
Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement Khalid Mahmood April 2020 - April 2021
Chris Evans May 2020 - Present
Shadow Minister for Veterans Sharon Hodgson April 2020 - May 2021
Stephanie Peacock May 2021 - Present
Shadow Spokesperson The Lord Tunnicliffe (also whips, transport and treasury) October 2016 – present
Shadow Spokesperson Lord Touhig April 2020 – present
International Development
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Preet Kaur Gill April 2020 – present
Shadow Ministers Stephen Doughty (joint with Foreign Office)
Yasmin Qureshi
Anna McMorrin April 2020 - May 2021
Shadow Spokesperson The Lord Collins of Highbury (also with Foreign Office and Women and Equalities, also a whip)
Department for International Trade
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade Emily Thornberry April 2020 – present
Shadow Ministers Bill Esterson October 2016 – present
Gareth Thomas April 2020 - present
Paul Blomfield (joint with Cabinet Office) April 2020 – January 2021
Shadow Spokesperson Lord Stevenson of Balmacara (also a whip)

Home affairs


Home Office
Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department Nick Thomas-Symonds April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Sarah Jones
Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding Jess Phillips
Shadow Security Minister Conor McGinn
Shadow Immigration Minister Holly Lynch April 2020 - May 2021
Bambos Charalambous May 2021 - present
Shadow Minister for Crime reduction and Courts Bambos Charalambous April 2020 - May 2021
Holly Lynch May 2021 - present
Shadow Spokespersons The Lord Rosser (also with Transport) October 2010 – present
The Lord Kennedy of Southwark (also CLG, housing and whips)
Ministry of Justice
Shadow Lord Chancellor
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
David Lammy April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Prisons and Probation Lyn Brown
Shadow Minister for Legal Aid Karl Turner
Shadow Minister for Courts and Sentencing Alex Cunningham
Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice Peter Kyle April 2020 - May 2021
Anna McMorrin May 2021 - present
Shadow Spokesperson The Lord Falconer of Thoroton April 2020 – present
Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede
Attorney General's Office
Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales
Shadow Advocate General for Northern Ireland
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton April 2020 – present
Shadow Solicitor General Ellie Reeves
Shadow Advocate General for Scotland The Lord Davidson of Glen Clova QC October 2010 – present

Economy


Treasury
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Anneliese Dodds April 2020 - May 2021
Rachel Reeves May 2021 - present
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Bridget Phillipson April 2020 - present
Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury Dan Carden April 2020 - October 2020
James Murray October 2020 - present
Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury Pat McFadden April 2020 - present
Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Wes Streeting April 2020 - October 2020
Abena Oppong-Asare October 2020 - present
Shadow Spokespersons The Lord Tunnicliffe September 2015 – present
Lord Davidson of Glen Clova October 2010 – present
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Ed Miliband April 2020 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights and Protections Andy McDonald
Shadow Minister for Employment Rights Imran Hussain
Shadow Minister for Green New Deal and Energy Alan Whitehead October 2016 – present
Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Digital Chi Onwurah (joint with DCMS) April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Climate Change Matthew Pennycook
Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers Lucy Powell April 2020 - May 2021
Seema Malhotra May 2021 - present
Shadow Spokespersons Baron Bassam of Brighton April 2020 - present
The Lord Grantchester September 2015 – present
The Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town September 2019 – present

Social services


Education
Shadow Secretary of State for Education Rebecca Long-Bailey April 2020 – June 2020
Kate Green June 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Apprenticeships & life-long learning Toby Perkins April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for FE & Universities Emma Hardy January 2020 - March 2021
Matt Western March 2021 – present
Shadow Minister for Schools Margaret Greenwood April 2020 - October 2020
Wes Streeting October 2020 - May 2021
Peter Kyle May 2021 - present
Shadow Minister for Children & Early Years Tulip Siddiq January 2020 – present
Shadow Spokespersons The Lord Watson of Invergowrie (Education) September 2015 – present
Lord Bassam of Brighton (Further and Higher Education, also with business, energy and industrial strategy) March 2019 – present
Health and Social Care
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jon Ashworth October 2016 – present
Shadow Minister for Mental Health Rosena Allin-Khan April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Social Care Liz Kendall
Shadow Minister for Secondary Care, Workforce and Patient Health Justin Madders
Shadow Minister for Public Health and Patient Safety Alex Norris
Shadow Spokespersons The Baroness Thornton November 2017 – present
The Baroness Wheeler (also deputy chief whip) June 2018 – present
Work and Pensions
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Jonathan Reynolds April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Pensions Jack Dromey January 2018 – January 2021
Matt Rodda January 2021 – present
Shadow Minister for Child Poverty Strategy Wes Streeting May 2021 - present
Shadow Minister for Disability Vicky Foxcroft April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Employment Seema Malhotra April 2020 - May 2021
Andy McDonald May 2021 - present
Shadow Spokesperson The Baroness Sherlock October 2013 – present

Environment


Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Luke Pollard April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Food, Farming and Fisheries Daniel Zeichner
Shadow Minister for Water and Flooding Stephanie Peacock April 2020 - May 2021
Olivia Blake May 2021 - present
Shadow Minister for Natural Environment and Air Quality Lloyd Russell-Moyle April 2020 – July 2020
Ruth Jones August 2020 - present
Shadow Minister The Baroness Jones of Whitchurch September 2015 – present
The Lord Grantchester (also with business, energy and industrial strategy) July 2014 – present
The Baroness Hayman of Ullock October 2020 - present

Communities and Local Government


Communities and Local Government
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Steve Reed April 2020 – present
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing Thangam Debbonaire April 2020 - May 2021
Lucy Powell May 2021 - present
Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning Mike Amesbury April 2020 - present
Shadow Minister for Faiths, Women and Equalities Janet Daby April 2020 - December 2020
Shadow Minister for Local Government Kate Hollern April 2020 – May 2021
Jeff Smith May 2021 - present
Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion Naz Shah April 2020 - present
Shadow Spokesperson The Lord Kennedy of Southwark September 2015 – present

Northern Ireland


Northern Ireland Office
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Louise Haigh April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister Karin Smyth April 2020 - February 2021
Alex Davies-Jones February 2021 - present
Shadow Spokesperson The Baroness Smith of Basildon (also Shadow Leader of the House of Lords) January 2018 – present

Scotland


Scotland Office
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Ian Murray April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister Chris Elmore (joint with Whips Office)
Shadow Spokesperson The Lord Davidson of Glen Clova June 2018 – present

Wales


Wales Office
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Nia Griffith April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister Gerald Jones
Shadow Spokesperson Lord Griffiths of Burry Port (also a whip and DCMS) September 2017 – May 2020
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town April 2020 – present

Culture


Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Jo Stevens April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries Tracy Brabin April 2020 - December 2020
Shadow Minister for Voluntary Sector & Charities Rachael Maskell April 2020 - present
Shadow Minister for Tourism and Heritage Alex Sobel
Shadow Minister for Digital Chi Onwurah (joint with BEIS)
Shadow Minister for Sport Alison McGovern
Shadow Minister for Media Chris Matheson
Shadow Spokesperson Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town (also various other positions)
Lord Griffiths of Burry Port (also spokesperson for Wales and a whip) September 2017 - May 2020

Women and Equalities


Equalities Office
Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Marsha De Cordova April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister Gill Furniss April 2020 – July 2020
Janet Daby (joint with communities and local government) July 2020 – December 2020
Charlotte Nichols November 2020 - present
Shadow Spokesperson Ray Collins, Lord Collins of Highbury April 2020 – present

Transport


Transport
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Jim McMahon April 2020 – present
Shadow Minister for Green Transport Kerry McCarthy
Shadow Minister for Railways Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi
Shadow Minister for Aviation & Maritime Mike Kane
Shadow Minister for Buses & Local Transport Matt Rodda April 2020 - January 2021
Sam Tarry January 2021 - present
Shadow Minister The Lord Tunnicliffe
(joint with whips, defence and treasury)
February 2018 – present
Shadow Spokesperson The Lord Rosser (also with Home Office) October 2011 – present

Parliament


House Leaders
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Thangam Debbonaire May 2021
Shadow Deputy Leader of the Commons Afzal Khan April 2020 – present
Shadow Leader of the House of Lords The Baroness Smith of Basildon (joint with constitutional affairs and Northern Ireland) May 2015 – present
Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords Dianne Hayter, Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town

(joint with constitutional affairs and business, energy and industrial strategy, appointed spokesperson for digital, culture, media, Wales and sport and women and equalities)

June 2017 – present
House of Commons Whips
Opposition Chief Whip Sir Alan Campbell May 2021 – present
Opposition Deputy Chief Whip Lillian Greenwood May 2021 – present
Opposition Pairing Whip Mark Tami October 2010 - present
Shadow Vice Chamberlain of HM Household Jessica Morden April 2020 – present
Shadow Lord Commissioner of HM Household Chris Elmore (joint with Scotland Office) October 2016 – present
Colleen Fletcher June 2017 – present
Jeff Smith September 2015 – May 2021
Liz Twist February 2020 – present
Matt Western
Opposition Whip Bambos Charalambous (joint with Home Office) February 2020 - May 2021
Florence Eshalomi April 2020 – December 2020
Rosie Duffield April 2020 – May 2020
Mary Glindon April 2020 – present
James Murray
Marie Rimmer
Gill Furniss July 2020 – present
Feryal Clark May 2021 - present
Sarah Owen
House of Lords Whips
Opposition Chief Whip in the Lords The Lord McAvoy January 2018 - present
Opposition Deputy Chief Whip in House of Lords The Lord Tunnicliffe (joint with transport, treasury and defence) October 2010 - present
Baroness Wheeler January 2018 - present
Opposition Senior Whips in the Lords April 2014 - present
The Baroness Sherlock May 2015 - present
Opposition Whips in the Lords Chris Lennie, Lord Lennie
Ray Collins, Lord Collins of Highbury
Wilf Stevenson, Lord Stevenson of Balmacara
Roy Kennedy, Lord Kennedy of Southwark
Iain McNicol, Lord McNicol of West Kilbride
Leslie Griffiths, Lord Griffiths of Burry Port June 2017 - May 2020

Iain McNicol, Lord McNicol of West Kilbride, former General Secretary of the Labour Party, was originally appointed as an Opposition Whip in the Lords, but stood down pending the results of the independent investigation commissioned by Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner due to allegations that in various WhatsApp message group transcripts set out in a leaked report from the Labour Party that he was engaged in conduct seeking to undermine the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader .[4][5]

Parliamentary private secretaries


Parliamentary Private Secretaries are attached to Shadow Secretaries of State to assist them with secretarial work.[6] These are usually MPs with less experience, with the most recently appointed PPSs overwhelmingly first elected in the 2019 general election.[7]

Parliamentary Private Secretaries
PPS to the Leader of the Opposition Carolyn Harris April 2020 - May 2021
Sharon Hodgson May 2021 - Present
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Fleur Anderson April 2020 - Present
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Tonia Antoniazzi April 2020 - December 2020
PPS to Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Olivia Blake April 2020 - September 2020
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
PPS to Shadow Housing Secretary Feryal Clark April 2020 - Present
PPS to Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for Transport Alex Davies-Jones
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for Defence Chris Evans
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights and Protections Mary Kelly Foy April 2020 - October 2020
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Rachel Hopkins
PPS to Shadow First Secretary of State Kim Johnson
Navendu Mishra
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Ruth Jones April 2020 - Present
PPS to Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary April 2020 - August 2020
Charlotte Nichols August 2020 - Present
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade April 2020 - Present
PPS to Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Abena Oppong-Asare
PPS to the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
PPS to Shadow Home Secretary Taiwo Owatemi
PPS to Shadow Foreign Secretary Sarah Owen April 2020 - October 2020
PPS to Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary Sam Tarry April 2020 - Present
PPS to Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Nadia Whittome April 2020 - September 2020
PPS to Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Beth Winter

See also


References


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