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New Cabinet a third female

13 May, 2015

Following the General Election on 7 May, the Prime Minister has appointed a new Cabinet, and has achieved his aim of a third of members being women. (Download Factsheet)

There are 22 full members of Cabinet, of whom 7 (32%) are women. There are in addition 8 ministers who attend Cabinet but are not members. Of these, 3 are women, bringing the total number who are either members of or attend Cabinet to 10 – 33%.

In addition, the ministerial teams for each department have also been announced. Excluding Cabinet members and attenders (as well as both Lords and Commons Whips teams), a total of 66 junior ministers have been announced. 12 of them (18%) are women.

There are 2 departments with no women in their ministerial teams (the Cabinet Office and the Department for Communities & Local Government) and 1 with no men (the Department of Energy & Climate Change).

The Acting Leader of the Labour Party, Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, has carried out a minor reshuffle of the Labour Shadow Cabinet. There are 27 members, of whom 14 (52%) are women. It should be noted, however, that the currently available list of shadow ministers does not differentiate between full members and those just attending.

Full details of women Cabinet members, ministers and Shadow Cabinet members can be downloded in our new Factsheet.

Nan Sloane, Director of the Centre for Women & Democracy, said: 'The increase in the number of women in Cabinet is very welcome, and meets the Prime Minister's earlier pledge of achieving female membership of a third. However, there are still some issues in terms of single-sex ministerial teams, and there is still a problem with the relatively low number of women in the more junior ministerial posts. The increase in the number of Conservative women MPs at the last election will give the Prime Minister a wider pool of talent from which to draw in the future, and we hope that he will use it.'