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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
 
PAUL BOATENG
Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Paul Boateng became the first black cabinet minister in 2002 in another stage of the meteoric rise of this high profile figure.

Mr Boateng was already a Treasury minister and had previously served as number two to Jack Straw at the Home Office.

Born in Hackney and of Ghanaian and Scottish descent, Mr Boateng first came to prominence in London in the late 1970s as civil rights lawyer, based in Lambeth and a familiar figure on protests at police activities in the city.

Like many Labour figures who are now models of Blairite respectability, then Mr Boateng was a keen and energetic supporter of radical left-wing causes, something he championed on Ken Livingstone's Greater London Council.

 

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