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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
 
ANDREW SMITH
Work and Pensions Secretary

Andrew Smith is generally seen as a safe pair of hands and was promoted in 2002 from chief secretary to the Treasury, the cabinet's most lowly post, to become work and pensions secretary.

He arrived in the job just as pensions in particular was becoming a hot political topic as increasing numbers of companies scrapped their final salary pension schemes.

Mr Smith is now working on a consultation paper on the way forward for pensions policy and has hinted that people might be given the option to choose whether they want to work beyond their 65th birthdays.

Before the reshuffle, Mr Smith kept a pretty low profile and was best known for his his prediction in opposition that Britain's skies would not be for sale under Labour - something which proved inaccurate when air traffic control was part-privatised.

 

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