Second Shadow Cabinet of Bill English

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The second Shadow Cabinet of Bill English formed the official Opposition in the 52nd New Zealand Parliament from 2 November 2017 until 11 March 2018, during Bill English's second term as Leader of the Opposition.

The Shadow Cabinet is a feature of the Westminster system of government. It consists of a senior group of opposition spokespeople who, under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition, form an alternative cabinet to that of the government, and whose members shadow or mirror the positions of each individual member of the Cabinet. It is the Shadow Cabinet's responsibility to scrutinise the policies and actions of the government, as well as to offer an alternative program. The Shadow Cabinet makes up the majority of the Official Opposition frontbench.

Official Opposition (New Zealand)

Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition, or commonly the Official Opposition, in New Zealand is usually the largest political party or coalition which is not a member of the ruling government—it does not provide ministers. This is usually the second-largest party in the House of Representatives, although in certain unusual circumstances it may be the largest party or even a third or fourth party.

52nd New Zealand Parliament

The 52nd New Zealand Parliament is the current meeting of the legislative branch of New Zealand's Parliament. It was elected at the 2017 general election. The 52nd Parliament consists of 120 members, and is serving from its opening on 7 November 2017 until the next general election. Under section 17 of the Constitution Act 1986, Parliament expires three years "from the day fixed for the return of the writs issued for the last preceding general election of members of the House of Representatives, and no longer." With the date for the return of writs for the general election set at 12 October 2017, the 52nd Parliament must be dissolved on or before 12 October 2020.

The Shadow Cabinet was formed after the New Zealand general election, 2017, when a new Government was formed by the New Zealand Labour Party, New Zealand First party and Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. As the largest party not in government, the New Zealand National Party became the official opposition. National Party leader Bill English assigned spokesperson roles to his MPs in order to scrutinise the policies and actions of the government, as well to offer an alternative program. As many National MPs were Ministers in the previous National-led Government, many of them were named Spokespersons for areas in which they had previously had ministerial responsibility. Most other MPs picked up minor portfolios, although new MPs were not assigned any particular responsibilities. [1]

The New Zealand Labour Party, or simply Labour, is a centre-left political party in New Zealand. The party's platform programme describes its founding principle as democratic socialism, while observers describe Labour as social-democratic and pragmatic in practice. It is a participant of the international Progressive Alliance.

New Zealand First, commonly abbreviated to NZ First, is a nationalist and populist political party in New Zealand. It was founded in July 1993, following the resignation on 19 March 1993 of its leader and founder, Winston Peters, from the then-governing National Party. It has formed governments with both major parties in New Zealand: first with the National Party from 1996 to 1998, and then with the Labour Party from 2005 to 2008 and from 2017 to present.

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is a left-wing political party in New Zealand. Like many Green parties around the world it has four organisational pillars: ecology, social responsibility, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence.

In early 2018, English resigned from the leadership and was replaced as National Party leader by Simon Bridges on 27 February 2018. Other than Bridges' succession to the leadership, no changes to portfolio responsibilities were named until 11 March 2018, when Bridges announced his own Shadow Cabinet.

Simon Bridges New Zealand politician

Simon Joseph Bridges is a New Zealand politician and lawyer who has served as the Leader of the New Zealand National Party and Leader of the Opposition since 27 February 2018. He has been the Member of Parliament for Tauranga since the 2008 election. A self-described "compassionate conservative", Bridges has served in several Cabinet portfolios, including those of Minister of Transport (2014–2017) and Minister of Economic Development (2016–2017). He took the role of Leader of the House from May to October 2017.

The Shadow Cabinet of Simon Bridges forms the official Opposition in the 52nd New Zealand Parliament. It comprises all members of the New Zealand National Party, which is the largest party not a member of the Government.

List of spokespersons

The Opposition portfolio spokespersons were as follows: [2]

1Rt Hon Bill English
2Hon Paula Bennett
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition
  • Spokesperson for Children
  • Spokesperson for Women
  • Spokesperson for Social Investment
3Hon Steven Joyce
  • Spokesperson for Finance
  • Spokesperson for Infrastructure
4Hon Gerry Brownlee
  • Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs
  • Spokesperson for Fisheries
  • Spokesperson for Land Information
5Hon Simon Bridges
  • Shadow Leader of the House
  • Spokesperson for Economic and Regional Development
  • Spokesperson for Immigration
6Hon Amy Adams
  • Spokesperson for Justice
  • Spokesperson for Workplace Relations and Safety (including Pike River)
7Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
  • Spokesperson for Health
  • Spokesperson for Sport and Recreation
8Hon Chris Finlayson
  • Shadow Attorney General
  • Spokesperson for Commerce
  • Spokesperson for Government Communications Security Bureau
  • Spokesperson for New Zealand Security and Intelligence Service
9Hon Judith Collins
  • Spokesperson for Transport
  • Spokesperson for Revenue
10Hon Michael Woodhouse
  • Spokesperson for Housing
  • Spokesperson for Social Housing
11Hon Nathan Guy
  • Spokesperson for Primary Industries
12Hon Nikki Kaye
  • Spokesperson for Education
13Hon Todd McClay
  • Spokesperson for Trade
  • Spokesperson for State Services
14Hon Paul Goldsmith
  • Spokesperson for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
  • Spokesperson for Arts, Culture and Heritage
15Hon Louise Upston
  • Spokesperson for Social Development
16Hon Anne Tolley
17Rt Hon David Carter
  • Spokesperson for State Owned Enterprises
18Hon Dr Nick Smith
  • Spokesperson for Forestry
  • Spokesperson for Aquaculture
19Hon Maggie Barry
  • Spokesperson for Conservation
20Hon Alfred Ngaro
  • Spokesperson for Courts
  • Spokesperson for the Community and Voluntary Sector
  • Spokesperson for Pacific Peoples
21Hon Mark Mitchell
  • Spokesperson for Defence
22Hon Nicky Wagner
  • Spokesperson for Disability Issues
23Hon Jacqui Dean
  • Spokesperson for Tourism
  • Spokesperson for Small Business
24Hon David Bennett
  • Spokesperson for Food Safety
  • Spokesperson for Racing
  • Associate Spokesperson for Immigration
25Hon Tim Macindoe
  • Spokesperson for ACC
26Hon Scott Simpson
  • Spokesperson for the Environment
  • Spokesperson for Planning
27 Jami-Lee Ross
  • Senior Whip
  • Spokesperson for Local Government
  • Associate spokesperson for Transport
28 Barbara Kuriger
  • Junior Whip
  • Spokesperson for Biosecurity
  • Spokesperson for Rural Communities
29 Matt Doocey
  • Third Whip
  • Spokesperson for Greater Christchurch Regeneration
  • Spokesperson for Mental Health
30 Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
  • Spokesperson for Internal Affairs
  • Associate spokesperson for Police
31 Melissa Lee
  • Spokesperson for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
  • Spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs
32 Jonathan Young
  • Spokesperson for Energy and Resources
33 Jo Hayes
  • Spokesperson for Whānau Ora
  • Associate spokesperson for Children
34 Ian McKelvie
  • Spokesperson for Seniors
  • Spokesperson for Veterans
35 Simon O'Connor
  • Spokesperson for Corrections
36Dr Jian Yang
  • Spokesperson for Statistics
  • Associate Spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs
37 Andrew Bayly
  • Spokesperson for Building Regulation
  • Associate Spokesperson for Commerce
38 Chris Bishop
  • Spokesperson for Police
  • Spokesperson for Youth
39 Sarah Dowie
  • Spokesperson for Early Childhood Education
40 Brett Hudson
  • Spokesperson for ICT
  • Spokesperson for Government Digital Services
41 Nuk Korako
  • Spokesperson for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations
  • Spokesperson for Māori Development
42 Todd Muller
  • Spokesperson for Climate Change
  • Spokesperson for Crown/Māori Relations
43Dr Parmjeet Parmar
  • Spokesperson for Science and Innovation
44Dr Shane Reti
  • Spokesperson for Data
  • Associate spokesperson for Health
45 Alastair Scott
  • Spokesperson for Customs
  • Associate Spokesperson for Regional Development
46 Stuart Smith
  • Spokesperson for Civil Defence
  • Spokesperson for the Earthquake Commission

The ten MPs who entered Parliament at the 2017 general election (Simeon Brown, Andrew Falloon, Harete Hipango, Matt King, Denise Lee, Chris Penk, Erica Stanford, Tim van de Molen, Hamish Walker, and Lawrence Yule) were not ranked or given portfolio allocations.

Simeon Peter Brown is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.

Andrew Hamilton Falloon is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.

Harete Makere Hipango is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.

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