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10 January 2018updated 06 Aug 2021 2:47pm

How diverse is the new government after Theresa May’s reshuffle?

Following the reshuffle, we look closer at the new cabinet and frontbench.

By Anoosh Chakelian

Theresa May claims her reshuffle makes the government look “more like the country it serves”. Is this true?

Gender

Cabinet

Men: 19 (no change). Out of 19, 17 are full cabinet members.

Women: Ten (up from eight). But out of the ten, only four are full cabinet members (ie. Secretaries of State rather than just ministers who have a seat at the cabinet table).

All frontbench positions

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Men: 82 (down from 89).

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Women: 38 (up from 29).

Key point: The full cabinet is still 74 per cent male.

Ethnicity

Cabinet

96 per cent white (full cabinet members).

All frontbench positions

93.4 per cent (Using this list of 121 government members)

Key point: Overwhelming white representation; all ethnic minority promotions to more junior jobs. Sajid Javid is still the only BAME cabinet member.

Age

Cabinet

Average age: 51 (down from 52). Excluding the Prime Minister.

Key point: Not much change in the top tier, but 11 2015-intake MPs were promoted to the lower ranks, which brings in some younger faces.

Education

Cabinet

Privately-educated: 34 per cent (up from 30 per cent in 2016).

Oxbridge-educated: 48 per cent (up from 44 per cent in 2016).

According to Sutton Trust research.

Key point: Even more privilege and a narrower educational background in the top tier than before.

Sexuality

Cabinet

Openly gay ministers: One (down from two).

Key point: An even straighter top team than before.