Sunday, 27 October 2019

Experience of government

With all this talk of elections, it is worth researching which of the opposition parties has most experience of government. It turns out that there is practically none in the Labour shadow cabinet, though Barry Gardiner was once a bag-carrier at Trade and Industry under Gordon Brown. Here are the salient comparisons with the Lib Dems:

Liberal Democrat
Name (Previous highest post)
Name (Previous highest post)
Prime Minister
Jo Swinson [Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs]
Jeremy Corbyn [Member, Haringey Council]
Chancellor of the Exchequer

Ed Davey [Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change]
John McDonnell [chief executive of the Association of London Government]

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sam Gyimah [Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation]
Rebecca Long-Bailey
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
International Trade
Chuka Umunna
Emily Thornberry
Barry Gardiner [Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry]
Home Department
Women and Equalities
Christine Jardine
Diane Abbott
Dawn Butler
Phillip Lee [Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice]
Richard Burgon
Exiting the European Union
Duchy of Lancaster
Tom Brake [Deputy Leader of the House of Commons]
Keir Starmer [Director of Public Prosecutions]
Jamie Stone [Member, Highland Council]
Nia Griffith
Cabinet Office
Sir Vince Cable [Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills]
Jo Platt

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