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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
 
LORD IRVINE OF LAIRG
Lord Chancellor

The lord chancellor heads the legal system in England and Wales, is a member of the cabinet and is responsible for the development and implementation of government policy on the legal system.

He is also head of the judiciary and presides over the House of Lords. It is the combination of all these different roles in one post that has come under scrutiny, with some calling for the post to be divided up between different people.

Lord Irvine of Lairg is a key ally of the prime minister who is also credited with having introduced Tony Blair to his wife.

One of his first jobs of the second Labour term is expected to prepare the courts system for more reform, including the possible creation of a new tier of criminal courts.

 

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