Cabinet of the United Kingdom

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The Cabinet of the United Kingdom is a body consisting of the most senior ministers in the government of the United Kingdom, headed by the Prime Minister. Formally a committee of the Privy Council, it is the main executive body of the British Government. Traditionally, the Cabinet meets weekly on a Thursday morning. All members of the Cabinet are drawn from either the House of Commons or the House of Lords.

In recent years, some ex-ministers (notably Clare Short) have alleged that under the government of current prime minister Tony Blair, Cabinet meetings have lost their decision-making role; according to a former senior civil servant, Lord Butler, the Blair cabinet "took one decision in eight months", with other decisions being made by the Prime Minister and his close advisers.[1]

Current members of the Cabinet (as of December 2007)

This is the current composition of the Cabinet following the selection of Gordon Brown as the Prime Minister of Great Britan on December 7, 2007:[2]

The Shadow Cabinet

The Shadow Cabinet is the group of senior politicians in the official opposition party (currently the Conservative Party) who mirror the roles of Cabinet members. If the opposition party secures a majority in the House of Commons and is invited to form a government, the members of the Shadow Cabinet typically form the new Cabinet.


  1. Blair cabinet 'took one decision in eight months', Guardian Unlimited, 29 May 2007
  2. Her Majesty's Government at the 10 Downing Street official website

See also