Who is in Keir Starmer's cabinet? Meet the new Labour frontbench

Sir Keir Starmer has held the first meeting of his new cabinet.

Britain's Prime Minister Keir Starmer (C) is applauded as he chairs the first meeting of his cabinet at 10 Downing Street in London on July 6, 2024. (Photo by Chris Eades / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS EADES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prime minister Sir Keir Starmer, centre, is applauded by his new cabinet at their first meeting. (AFP via Getty Images)

Sir Keir Starmer has chaired the first meeting of his new cabinet and vowed to "get on with our work".

The new prime minister and Labour leader addressed his top team on Saturday morning after his party's landslide victory in the general election.

Starmer opened his first cabinet meeting flanked by his deputy prime minister Angela Rayner and cabinet secretary Simon Case.

He told the cabinet: “Look, colleagues, it is absolutely fantastic to welcome you to the cabinet, our first meeting.

“And it was the honour and privilege of my life to be invited by the King, His Majesty the King, yesterday to form a government and to form the Labour government of 2024.

“And now we hold our first cabinet meeting. So I welcome you to it.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 6:  British Prime Minister Keir Starmer chairs the first meeting of his cabinet in 10 Downing Street on July 6, 2024 in London, England. The Labour Party won a landslide victory in the 2024 general election, ending 14 years of Conservative government. (Photo by Chris Eades-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prime minister Sir Keir Starmer addresses his cabinet. (Getty Images)

“We have a huge amount of work to do, so now we get on with our work.”

His opening remarks were met with sustained applause by cabinet ministers who were appointed on Friday and largely mirror his shadow team before the election.

Rachel Reeves is the UK’s first female chancellor, David Lammy was named foreign secretary, Yvette Cooper is home secretary, John Healey is defence secretary and Wes Streeting is health secretary.

Other ministerial appointments are expected to be announced over the weekend.

Here is the list of the Labour cabinet put together by the new prime minister.


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