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The Cabinet

If you're a serious quizzer, and you're not all that interested in politics (oh - is that just me?) this section is a potential millstone around your neck. You feel you need to know it, and there's a lot of it to learn; and a lot of the names are just names. It's also subject to periodic "reshuffles", although the reshuffles are (fortunately) fairly infrequent.

You're unlikely to get asked about the first couple of rows - unless it's by a member of the medical profession who's concerned about your mental well-being. Otherwise, the higher up the page these posts appear, the more likely they are to come up.

So actually, I suppose, the problem for the serious quizzer who isn't all that interested in politics is how much of this to learn!

Position Incumbent Shadow
Prime Minister Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
First Lord of the Treasury  
Minister for the Civil Service  
First Secretary of State Click to show or hide the answer
Chancellor of the Exchequer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Second Lord of the Treasury  

There is currently no Deputy Prime Minister. The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party is Tom Watson.

The following posts are all Secretaries of State – except where one person holds two posts and only one of them is a Secretary of State, when the post that isn't a Secretary of State is in brackets.

Position Incumbent Shadow
Home Department Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Defence Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Justice Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
(Lord Chancellor)
Education Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Minister for Women and Equalities Click to show or hide the answer
Exiting the European Union Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
International Trade Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
(President of the Board of Trade)  
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Health Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Work and Pensions Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Transport Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Communities and Local Government Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Scotland Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Wales Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Northern Ireland Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
International Development Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Culture, Media and Sport Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

The following are full members of the Cabinet, but don't have the title of Secretary of State:

Position Incumbent Shadow
Leader of the House of Commons Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Lord President of the Council Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of the House of Lords Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Lord Privy Seal  

In the following table, the Government incumbents are not full members of the Cabinet but they do attend Cabinet meetings. The same applies on the Opposition side, except that John Healey is a full member of the Shadow Cabinet.

Position Incumbent Shadow
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Minister for the Cabinet Office Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Paymaster General  
Attorney General Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Chief Whip in the House of Commons Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury  
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Click to show or hide the answer  
Chairman of the Conservative Party (unpaid)
Chief Whip in the House of Lords   Click to show or hide the answer
Minister for Housing and Planning   Click to show or hide the answer
Minister for Mental Health   Click to show or hide the answer
Minister for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities   Click to show or hide the answer
Minister Without Portfolio   Click to show or hide the answer

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