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The Cabinet
 

Intro
Prime Minister
Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Home Secretary
Home Secretary
Foreign Secretary
Foreign Secretary
Lord Chancellor
Lord Chancellor
Education Secretary
Education Secretary
Minister without Portfolio
Minister without Portfolio
Leader of the Commons
Leader of the Commons
Chief Whip
Chief Whip
Culture Secretary
Culture Secretary
Transport, Local Government and the Regions Secretary
Transport, Local Government and the Regions Secretary
International Development Secretary
International Development Secretary
Work and Pensions Secretary
Work and Pensions Secretary
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
Leader of the Lords
Leader of the Lords
Trade Secretary
Trade Secretary
Health Secretary
Health Secretary
Scottish Secretary
Scottish Secretary
Welsh Secretary
Welsh Secretary
Northern Ireland Secretary
Northern Ireland Secretary
Defence Secretary
Defence Secretary
Treasury Chief Secretary
Treasury Chief Secretary
 
JACK STRAW
Foreign Secretary

Jack Straw is regarded in Westminster as a competent and reliable minister and one of the better Commons performers in the Cabinet.

In the immediate aftermath of the 11 September attacks on the US his role was overshadowed by the prime minister's shuttle diplomacy, but he has since grown into the job of foreign secretary during the continuing war against terrorism, the Kashmir crisis and more recently Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

Mr Straw spent Labour's first term as the tough talking home secretary who found himself accused by some in the party of being more rightwing than his Conservative predecessors.

Over four years he tackled some of Labour's trickiest problems - the Pinochet affair, asylum seekers and the party's determination to be considered "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime".

But he maintained the support of the prime minister - especially when his own son was caught up in an elaborate newspaper sting.

 

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