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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!

This page was last updated on 14 August 2018.

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  
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Click to show or hide the answer

There is currently no Deputy Prime Minister.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Click to show or hide the answer
Minister for the Cabinet Office 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  

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
First Secretary of State
Exiting the European Union 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)
Health (and Social Care) Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Education 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
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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
Housing, Communities and Local Government Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
(Co–Coordinator of the National Campaign)
Housing 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
International Development Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 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
Women and Equalities Click to show or hide the answer

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

Position Incumbent Shadow
Leader of the House of Lords Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Lord Privy Seal  
Chairman of the Conservative Party (unpaid) Click to show or hide the answer
Minister Without Portfolio  

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 (Shadow) side, except that the the first two named (the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and the Shadow Lord President of the Council) are full members of the Shadow Cabinet.

Note also that the same person currently holds the positions of Shadow Lord President of the Council and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office. On the Government side the latter post is held by the same person as that of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (see above).

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
Chief Secretary to the Treasury 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  
Chief Whip in the House of Lords Click to show or hide the answer
Attorney General Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Minister of State for Immigration Click to show or hide the answer
Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth Click to show or hide the answer
Minister for Mental Health and Social Care   Click to show or hide the answer
Minister for Diverse Communities   Click to show or hide the answer
Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs   Click to show or hide the answer
Co–Coordinator of the National Campaign   Click to show or hide the answer

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