Cabinet of the United Kingdom

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The Cabinet of the United Kingdom is the collective decision-making body of Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom, composed of the Prime Minister and some 24 cabinet ministers, the most senior of the government ministers.

Ministers of the Crown, and especially Cabinet ministers, are selected primarily from the elected members of House of Commons, and from the House of Lords, by the Prime Minister. Cabinet ministers are heads of government departments, mostly with the office of "Secretary of State for [function; e.g., Defence]". The collective co-ordinating function of the Cabinet is reinforced by the statutory position that all the Secretaries of State jointly hold the same office, and can exercise the same powers.

The Cabinet is the ultimate decision-making body of the executive within the Westminster system of government in traditional constitutional theory. This interpretation was originally put across in the work of nineteenth century constitutionalists such as Walter Bagehot, who described the Cabinet as the "efficient secret" of the British political system in his book The English Constitution. The political and decision-making authority of the cabinet has been gradually reduced over the last several decades, with some claiming its role has been usurped by a "prime ministerial" government.

The Cabinet is the executive committee of Her Majesty's Privy Council, a body which has legislative, judicial and executive functions, and whose large membership includes members of the Opposition. Its decisions are generally implemented either under the existing powers of individual government departments, or by Orders in Council.

Current Cabinet

Department Secretary Party Term Started
Prime Minister Leafy_Emerald Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Deputy Prime Minister Friedmanite19 Libertarian Party UK 12 January 2019
First Secretary of State Twistednuke Classical Liberal Party 12 January 2019
Chancellor of the Exchequer ToastinRussian Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Foreign Secretary Twistednuke Classical Liberals 3rd January 2019
Exiting the European Union InfernoPlato Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Home Cthulhuiscool2 Libertarian Party UK 12 January 2019
Defence Friedmanite19 Libertarian Party UK 12 January 2019
Education pjr10th Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Business, Energy and Climate Change eelsemaj99 Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Work and Pensions really-friends Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Health and Social Care Charlotte_Star Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Housing, Communities and Local Government Saunders16 Classical Liberal 12 January 2019
Transport nstano Libertarian Party UK 12 January 2019
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs markthemonkey888 Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Justice Vitiating Classical Liberals 12 January 2019
International Development CountBrandenburg Classical Liberals 12 January 2019
Digital, Culture, Media and Sports sys_33_error Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Wales Tommy1Boys Classical Liberal 12 January 2019
Scotland _paul_rand_ Libertarian Party UK 12 January 2019
Northern Ireland FPSLover1 Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Leader of the House of Commons Viktard Conservative Party 12 January 2019
Leader of the House of Lords The Baron Dunbarton Liberal Democrats
Attorney-General for England and Wales Comped Conservative Party 12 January 2019