Second Shadow Cabinet of Harold Wilson
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Second Shadow Cabinet of Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson of the Labour Party would form his Second Shadow Cabinet, as Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition, after losing the 1970 general election to Conservative Edward Heath. He would retain leadership of the Opposition for the length of the Heath Ministry, from 1970 - 1974. In February 1974, his party would narrowly win an election. Wilson was then forced to form a minority government, which would only last until another election in October of that year. After that election, Wilson would form a majority government, known as the Second Wilson Ministry.

Shadow Cabinet list

June 1970

Portfolio Shadow Minister Term
Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition
Leader of the Labour Party
The Rt Hon. Harold Wilson 1970 - 1974
Deputy Leader of the Opposition The Rt Hon. Roy Jenkins 1970 - 1972
The Rt Hon. Edward Short 1972 - 1974
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer The Rt Hon. Roy Jenkins 1970 - 1972
The Rt Hon. Denis Healey 1972 - 1974
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1970 - 1972
The Rt Hon. James Callaghan 1972 - 1974
Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department 1970 - 1971
Shirley Williams 1971 - 1973
The Rt Hon. Roy Jenkins 1973 - 1974
Shadow Secretary of State for Employment The Rt Hon. Barbara Castle 1970 - 1971
The Rt Hon. James Callaghan 1971 - 1972
The Rt Hon. Reg Prentice 1972 - 1974
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons The Rt Hon. Fred Peart 1970 - 1971
The Rt Hon. Michael Foot 1971 - 1972
The Rt Hon. Edward Short 1972 - 1974
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Science 1970 - 1972
Unknown 1972 - 1973
The Rt Hon. Roy Hattersley 1973 - 1974
Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry The Rt Hon. Tony Benn 1970 - 1972
The Rt Hon. Harold Lever 1972 - 1974
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment The Rt Hon. Anthony Crosland 1970 - 1974
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence The Rt Hon. George Thomson 1970 - 1972
The Rt Hon. Fred Peart 1972 - 1974
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Services Shirley Williams 1970 - 1971
The Rt Hon. Barbara Castle 1971 - 1972
John Silkin 1972 - 1974
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland The Rt Hon. William Ross 1970 - 1974
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland The Rt Hon. Merlyn Rees 1972 - 1974
Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords The Rt Hon.The Lord Shackleton PC 1970 - 1974
Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Commons The Rt Hon. Bob Mellish 1970 - 1974
Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food The Rt Hon. Cledwyn Hughes 1970 - 1971
Shadow Minister of Power Michael Foot 1970 - 1971
Shadow Minister for Europe The Rt Hon. Harold Lever 1970 - 1971
Peter Shore 1971 - 1972
Michael Foot 1972 - 1974

Changes

1971

  • James Callaghan replaces Barbara Castle as Shadow Secretary of State for Employment
  • Barbara Castle replaces Shirley Williams as Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Services
  • Shirley Williams replaces James Callaghan as Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department
  • Michael Foot replaces Fred Peart as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
  • Fred Peart replaces Cledwyn Hughes as Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Peter Shore joins the shadow cabinet as Shadow Minister for Europe

1972

  • Reg Prentice joins the shadow cabinet, replacing James Callaghan as Shadow Employment Secretary
  • James Callaghan replaces Denis Healey as Shadow Foreign Secretary
  • Denis Healey replaces Roy Jenkins as Shadow Chancellor
  • Fred Peart replaces George Thomson as Shadow Defence Secretary
  • Edward Short replaces Roy Jenkins as Deputy Leader of the Opposition and takes Fred Peart's former post, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
  • Roy Jenkins is removed from the shadow cabinet
  • Michael Foot replaces Peter Shore as Shadow Europe Minister
  • Harold Lever replaces Tony Benn as Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary
  • Merlyn Rees joins the shadow cabinet with a newly created post: Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Barbara Castle is removed from the shadow cabinet

1973

  • Roy Jenkins returns to the shadow cabinet, replacing Shirley Williams as Shadow Home Secretary
  • Shirley Williams takes the newly created post of Shadow Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection

See also

References

  • Patrick Bell (2004), "Principal Labour Shadow Cabinet ... 1970-74", Labour Party in Opposition 1970-1974, Routledge, p. xvii, ISBN 9780714654560

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