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.
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The Opposition portfolio spokespersons were as follows:
|1||Rt Hon Bill English|
|2||Hon Paula Bennett|
|3||Hon Steven Joyce|
|4||Hon Gerry Brownlee|
|5||Hon Simon Bridges|
|6||Hon Amy Adams|
|7||Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman|
|8||Hon Chris Finlayson|
|9||Hon Judith Collins|
|10||Hon Michael Woodhouse|
|11||Hon Nathan Guy|
|12||Hon Nikki Kaye|
|13||Hon Todd McClay|
|14||Hon Paul Goldsmith|
|15||Hon Louise Upston|
|16||Hon Anne Tolley|
|17||Rt Hon David Carter|
|18||Hon Dr Nick Smith|
|19||Hon Maggie Barry|
|20||Hon Alfred Ngaro|
|21||Hon Mark Mitchell|
|22||Hon Nicky Wagner|
|23||Hon Jacqui Dean|
|24||Hon David Bennett|
|25||Hon Tim Macindoe|
|26||Hon Scott Simpson|
|30||Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi|
|36||Dr Jian Yang|
|43||Dr Parmjeet Parmar|
|44||Dr Shane Reti|
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