UK Shadow Cabinet 1997-2001


UK Shadow Cabinet 1997-2001

The UK Shadow Cabinet (see also Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet (UK)) was appointed by Conservative Party leader William Hague. Following his initial appointments in June 1997 Hague managed five reshuffles before his resignation as leader following defeat in the 2001 General Election.

hadow Cabinet (11 June 1997 - 2 June 1998)

*Rt. Hon. William Hague MP — Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and Leader of the British Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Peter Lilley MP — Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
*Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*Rt. Hon. Sir Brian Mawhinney MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
*Rt. Hon. Lord Parkinson PC — Chairman of the Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Stephen Dorrell MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*Rt. Hon. Gillian Shephard MP — Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
*Rt. Hon. Viscount Cranborne PC — Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
*Rt. Hon. Sir George Young Bt MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
* Rt. Hon. John Redwood MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and President of the Board of Trade
*Rt. Hon. Sir Norman Fowler MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*Rt. Hon. Michael Ancram QC MP — Constitutional Affairs Spokesman, including Scotland and Wales
*Rt. Hon. David Curry MP — Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
*Rt. Hon. Alastair Goodlad MP — Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
*Rt. Hon. David Heathcoat-Amory MP — Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
*Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
*Rt. Hon. Andrew Mackay MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*John Maples MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Health
*Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security
*Rt. Hon. James Arbuthnot MP — Opposition Chief Whip
*Rt. Hon. Lord Strathclyde PC — Lords Opposition Chief Whip

Hague Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle, 2 June 1998

*Rt. Hon. William Hague MP — Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and Leader of the British Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Peter Lilley MP — Deputy Leader of the British Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP — Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
*Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*Rt. Hon. Sir Norman Fowler MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
*Rt. Hon. Lord Parkinson PC — Chairman of the Conservative Party
*David Willetts MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*Rt. Hon. Sir George Young Bt MP — Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
*Rt. Hon. Viscount Cranborne PC — Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
*John Maples MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
*Rt. Hon. John Redwood MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
*Rt. Hon. Gillian Shephard MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*Dr Liam Fox MP — Constitutional Affairs spokesman
*Tim Yeo MP — Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
*Gary Streeter MP — Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
*Rt. Hon. David Heathcoat-Amory MP — Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
*Peter Ainsworth MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
*Rt. Hon. Andrew Mackay MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Health
*Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security
*Rt. Hon. James Arbuthnot MP — Opposition Chief Whip
*Rt. Hon. Lord Strathclyde PC — Lords Opposition Chief Whip

Junior Shadow Ministers

*Rt. Hon. Sir Nicholas Lyell MP — Shadow Attorney General
*Lord Kingsland QC — Shadow Lord Chancellor

Changes from June 1997

*Peter Lilley moves from Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer to Deputy Leader of the British Conservative Party
*Francis Maude moves from Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
*Sir Brian Mawhinney leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*Sir Norman Fowler moves from Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions to Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
*Gillian Shephard moves from Shadow Leader of the House of Commons to Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*Sir George Young moves from Shadow Secretary of State for Defence to Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
*John Maples moves from Shadow Secretary of State for Health to Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
*Ann Widdecombe enters the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Health
*Alastair Goodlad leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*Peter Ainsworth enters the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
*Liam Fox enters the Shadow Cabinet as Constitutional Affairs spokesman
*Gary Streeter enters the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
*David Curry leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*Tim Yeo enters the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
*Michael Ancram becomes Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party

hadow Cabinet Reshuffle, 2 December 1998

Explanation

A minor Shadow Cabinet reshuffle was required due to the sacking of Viscount Cranborne over the House of Lords Act 1999. Cranborne had been engaged in secret negotiations with the Labour Government over the issue of hereditary peers, without informing William Hague. This amendment (proposed by Bernard Weatherill for issues of formality, known as the Weatherill Amendment) allowed 92 hereditary peers to remain. The sacking of Cranborne led to a leadership crisis, with some Conservative peers resigning the party whip.

hadow Cabinet

*Rt. Hon. William Hague MP — Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and Leader of the British Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Peter Lilley MP — Deputy Leader of the British Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP — Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
*Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*Rt. Hon. Sir Norman Fowler MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
*Rt. Hon. Lord Parkinson PC — Chairman of the Conservative Party
*David Willetts MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*Rt. Hon. Sir George Young Bt MP — Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
*Rt. Hon. Lord Strathclyde PC — Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
*John Maples MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
*Rt. Hon. John Redwood MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
*Rt. Hon. Gillian Shephard MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*Dr Liam Fox MP — Constitutional Affairs spokesman
*Tim Yeo MP — Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
*Gary Streeter MP — Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
*Rt. Hon. David Heathcoat-Amory MP — Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
*Peter Ainsworth MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
*Rt. Hon. Andrew Mackay MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Health
*Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security
*Rt. Hon. James Arbuthnot MP — Opposition Chief Whip
*Lord Henley — Lords Opposition Chief Whip

Changes

*Rt. Hon. Viscount Cranborne PC is sacked from the Shadow Cabinet
*Rt. Hon. Lord Strathclyde PC moves from Lords Opposition Chief Whip to Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
*Lord Henley enters the Shadow Cabinet as Lords Opposition Chief Whip

hadow Cabinet Reshuffle, 15 June 1999

*Rt. Hon. William Hague MP — Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and Leader of the British Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP — Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
*Rt. Hon. John Maples MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
*Rt. Hon. Michael Ancram QC MP — Chairman of the Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*Rt. Hon. Sir George Young Bt MP — Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Constitutional Affairs spokesman
*Rt. Hon. Lord Strathclyde PC — Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
*Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
*Angela Browning MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
*Rt. Hon. John Redwood MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*Tim Yeo MP — Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
*Gary Streeter MP — Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
*Rt. Hon. David Heathcoat-Amory MP — Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
*Peter Ainsworth MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
*Rt. Hon. Andrew Mackay MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*Dr Liam Fox MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Health
*David Willetts MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security
*Rt. Hon. James Arbuthnot MP — Opposition Chief Whip
*Lord Henley — Lords Opposition Chief Whip

Junior Shadow Ministers

*Edward Garnier QC MP — Shadow Attorney General
*Lord Kingsland QC — Shadow Lord Chancellor
*Bernard Jenkin MP — Shadow Minister for Transport
*Andrew Lansley MP — Shadow Cabinet Office Minister

Changes from 2 December 1998

*Peter Lilley leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*Lord Parkinson leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*Michael Howard leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*Gillian Shephard leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*Sir Norman Fowler leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*Sir Nicholas Lyell leaves the Shadow Ministerial Team
*Theresa May enters the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*Angela Browning enters the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
*Edward Garnier enters the Shadow Ministerial Team as Shadow Attorney General
*Bernard Jenkin enters the Shadow Ministerial Team as Shadow Transport Minister
*Andrew Lansley enters the Shadow Ministerial Team as Shadow Cabinet Office Minister
*Ann Widdecombe moves from Shadow Secretary of State for Health to Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
*John Maples moves from Shadow Secretary of State for Defence to Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*John Redwood moves from Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions
*Michael Ancram moves from Vice-Chairman of the Party to Chairman of the Conservative Party
*Liam Fox moves from Constitutional Affairs spokesman to Shadow Secretary of State for Health
*Iain Duncan Smith moves from Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security to Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
*David Willetts moves from Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment to Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security

hadow Cabinet Reshuffle, 2 February 2000

*Rt. Hon. William Hague MP — Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and Leader of the British Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo MP — Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
*Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
*Rt. Hon. Michael Ancram QC MP — Chairman of the Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*Rt. Hon. Sir George Young Bt MP — Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Constitutional Affairs spokesman
*Rt. Hon. Lord Strathclyde PC — Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
*Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
*Angela Browning MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
*Archie Norman MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*Tim Yeo MP — Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
*Gary Streeter MP — Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
*Rt. Hon. David Heathcoat-Amory MP — Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
*Peter Ainsworth MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
*Rt. Hon. Andrew Mackay MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*Dr Liam Fox MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Health
*David Willetts MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security
*Rt. Hon. James Arbuthnot MP — Opposition Chief Whip
*Lord Henley — Lords Opposition Chief Whip

Junior Shadow Ministers

*Edward Garnier QC MP — Shadow Attorney General
*Lord Kingsland QC — Shadow Lord Chancellor
*Bernard Jenkin MP — Shadow Minister for Transport
*Andrew Lansley CBE MP — Shadow Cabinet Office Minister

Changes from 15 June 1999

*John Redwood leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*John Maples leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*Michael Portillo enters the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
*Archie Norman enters the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*Francis Maude moves from Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer to Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

hadow Cabinet Reshuffle, 26 September 2000

*Rt. Hon. William Hague MP — Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and Leader of the British Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo MP — Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
*Rt. Hon. Francis Maude MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
*Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
*Rt. Hon. Michael Ancram QC MP — Chairman of the Conservative Party
*Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
*Angela Browning MP — Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Constitutional Affairs spokesman
*Rt. Hon. Lord Strathclyde PC — Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
*Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
*Rt. Hon. David Heathcoat-Amory MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
*Archie Norman MP — Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
*Tim Yeo MP — Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
*Gary Streeter MP — Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
*Rt. Hon. Oliver Letwin MP — Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
*Peter Ainsworth MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
*Rt. Hon. Andrew Mackay MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
*Dr Liam Fox MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Health
*David Willetts MP — Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security
*Rt. Hon. James Arbuthnot MP — Opposition Chief Whip
*Lord Henley — Lords Opposition Chief Whip

Junior Shadow Ministers

*Edward Garnier QC MP — Shadow Attorney General
*Lord Kingsland QC — Shadow Lord Chancellor
*Bernard Jenkin MP — Shadow Minister for Transport
*Andrew Lansley CBE MP — Shadow Cabinet Office Minister

Changes from 2 February 2000

*Sir George Young leaves the Shadow Cabinet
*Oliver Letwin enters the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
*Angela Browning moves from Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Constitutional Affairs Spokesman
*David Heathcoat-Amory moves from Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury to Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry


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