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

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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, Bloomberg.com, "‘Disingenuous’ and ‘Insulted’: Labour’s Brexit Divisions Exposed," 14 June 2018 There was also further consternation when Corbyn appointed Chakrabarti, who had been cast as an independent figure, to the House of Lords and made her a member of his shadow cabinet. James Masters, CNN, "The UK's biggest left wing party is mired in an antisemitism crisis," 28 Mar. 2018 That wasn’t hard to arrange: A veritable shadow Cabinet has done time in Israeli prisons. Gregg Carlstrom, Newsweek, "The Fall of Benjamin Netanyahu and the Future of Israel," 15 Mar. 2018 Seven of the shadow cabinet represent seats in London, three of which border Mr Corbyn’s own seat of Islington North. The Economist, "Britain needs to work harder at making a success of devolution," 22 Feb. 2018 The shadow cabinet is there to remind voters of what the alternative to the government in power is. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Shadow President?," 29 Oct. 2017 After the Brexit referendum, two-thirds of his shadow cabinet quit, and 80 percent of his fellow Labourites in the House of Commons expressed a formal no-confidence vote in his leadership. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Kaepernick’s Message Is Getting Lost — Along With the Facts on Race and Police Violence," 29 Sep. 2017

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1906, in the meaning defined above

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