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In British parliamentary practice, the Official Loyal Opposition Shadow Cabinet (usually known simply as 'The Shadow Cabinet') are a group of members from Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition who scrutinise their corresponding office holders in the government, and develop alternative policies, as well as hold the government to account for its actions and responses.[1] Since 1997, the Conservative Party has been Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, and its leadership therefore forms the current Shadow Cabinet.[2]

Not every Conservative frontbench spokesman is a Member of the Shadow Cabinet, which is composed of the most senior Opposition Members (usually around 20).[3]

The Leader of the Opposition, the Opposition Chief Whip and Opposition Deputy Chief Whip are the only Members of the Official Opposition to draw remuneration for their Opposition roles in addition to their salaries as Members of Parliament.

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Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet Team

Member Shadow Portfolio
The Rt Hon. David Cameron MP Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition
The Rt Hon. William Hague MP Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet
George Osborne MP Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and General Election Campaign Co-ordinator
Chris Grayling MP Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
Eric Pickles MP Chairman of the Conservative Party
Dominic Grieve QC MP Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Andrew Lansley CBE MP Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Caroline Spelman MP Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Michael Gove MP Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
Dr. Liam Fox MP Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Nick Herbert MP Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions & Shadow Minister for Women
Greg Clark MP Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Theresa Villiers MP Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
The Rt Hon. Sir George Young Bt. MP Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
Jeremy Hunt MP Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Cheryl Gillan MP Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
The Rt Hon. Francis Maude MP Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Andrew Mitchell MP Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
The Rt Hon. Kenneth Clarke QC MP Shadow Secretary of State for Business
Philip Hammond MP Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
David Willetts MP Shadow Secretary of State for Universities and Skills
Grant Shapps MP Shadow Minister for Housing
David Mundell MP Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Owen Paterson MP Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Mark Francois MP Shadow Minister of State for Europe
The Rt Hon. Patrick McLoughlin MP Opposition Chief Whip
The Rt Hon. The Lord Strathclyde PC Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition, House of Lords

Also attending the Shadow Cabinet:

Portfolio Shadow Minister
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Lords The Rt Hon. The Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE PC
Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation Adam Afriyie MP
Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social Action The Rt Hon. The Baroness Warsi
Shadow Minister for Security and National Security Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition The Rt Hon. The Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG PC
Chairman of the Conservative Policy Review and Chairman of the Conservative Research Department The Rt Hon. Oliver Letwin MP
Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party Annabel Goldie MSP

See also

References

  1. ^ the Shadow Cabinet, Explore.parliament.uk. Retrieved March 16, 2007.
  2. ^ Monstersandcritics.com (March 16, 2007), Budget shows 'balanced' economy, says Brown. Retrieved March 16, 2007.
  3. ^ Compare Official Shadow Ministers list with the Official Shadow Cabinet, Conservatives.com. Retrieved March 16, 2007.

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