shadow cabinet


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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "UK Labour leader sacks former left-wing rival for sharing article with ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy theories’," 25 June 2020 Starmer was elected Labour leader on Saturday and named his top team of shadow cabinet ministers on Sunday. Stuart Biggs,, "Starmer Names Top Team and Warns Against U.K. Austerity Re-Run," 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, "Healing the Rift With Britain’s Jews," 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, "Jeremy Corbyn’s legacy will loom large over British politics," 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, "The party that wants to rule Britain seems intent on ripping itself apart," 25 Sep. 2019 The latter three practically form a shadow cabinet, offering regular private advice to the president on immigration, foreign policy and the economy. Paul Farhi, Washington Post, "Trump’s love-hate relationship with Fox News just turned to hate again. What’s that about?," 8 July 2019 While campaigning at a by-election in a poor part of Kent, Emily Thornberry, a London MP and shadow cabinet minister, tweeted a picture of a modest terraced house with a white van and three St George flags in front of it. The Economist, "English or British? Football highlights an enduring identity crisis," 12 July 2018 Highlighting the depth of the divide, frontbencher Laura Smith and five parliamentary aides resigned from the shadow cabinet before the vote. Thomas Penny,, "‘Disingenuous’ and ‘Insulted’: Labour’s Brexit Divisions Exposed," 14 June 2018

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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“Shadow cabinet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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