shadow cabinet

noun

Definition of shadow cabinet

: a group of leaders of a parliamentary opposition who constitute the probable membership of the cabinet when their party is returned to power

Examples of shadow cabinet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Members of its shadow cabinet are in hiding inside Myanmar and in exile. Grant Peck, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Sep. 2021 Labour’s Rachel Reeves, the shadow cabinet office minister, said in a statement. Joe Mayes, Bloomberg.com, 21 Oct. 2020 Labour shadow cabinet member David Lammy told the BBC that the government needs to ensure its track and trace testing regime is in order by then to ensure students can travel across the country. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, 27 Sep. 2020 The shadow cabinet is used to refer to the senior group of opposition MPs who take on policy areas that correspond to the government’s cabinet. Fox News, 25 June 2020 Starmer was elected Labour leader on Saturday and named his top team of shadow cabinet ministers on Sunday. Stuart Biggs, Bloomberg.com, 10 May 2020 Where Corbyn had to select a shadow cabinet from a narrow pool of hard-core socialists and party loyalists, Starmer has been able to gather his team from across the party. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 9 Apr. 2020 After Brits narrowly voted to depart the EU, a mass exodus from Corbyn’s shadow cabinet ensued, and Labour lawmakers brought a no-confidence motion against him. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, 3 Apr. 2020 Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, however, many Labour MPs and members of the shadow Cabinet were reluctant to burst the bubble. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of shadow cabinet

1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Shadow cabinet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shadow%20cabinet. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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