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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
 
JOHN REID
Leader of the House of Commons

John Reid is seen by his government colleagues as a trusted hard man of New Labour. Whenever the government is on the ropes, it is usually Mr Reid that is sent out to tour the television studios and give insolent journalists at least as good as he gets. Though he had a two-year spell in the Communist Party, most of his career has been spent working for Labour in various roles, including a stint as an adviser to Neil Kinnock at the time the Labour leader was turning round his party's policies on nuclear disarmament and withdrawing from the European Union.

It was the perfect background for the job of defence spokesman, which he held for years in opposition after he entered the Commons in 1987, and in government after 1997.

In 1998 he was moved to transport. He then moved into the cabinet as Scottish Secretary, before moving to Northern Ireland. A short but successful spell as Labour chairman came next, followed by his latest change of job.

 

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