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Cabinet Members of the UK (2010 Election)

Updated on September 11, 2015

This hub hopes to outline the members in the UK cabinet for the 2010 election (the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition) outlining their positions, backgrounds, and qualifications.

The Right Honourable David William Donald Cameron, MP of Witney
The Right Honourable David William Donald Cameron, MP of Witney | Source

David Cameron

Positions:

Background:

  • Educated at Heatherdown Prepatory School, Winkfield, Berkshire from the age of 7 and then Eton College, Berkshire when he was 13
  • Father was a stockbroker, Ian Donald Cameron
  • Mother was a Justice of the Peace (magistrate)
  • Brother is Allan Alexander QC (top barrister) (Eton educated)
  • Maternal Grandfather was Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William Malcolm Mount of Wasing Place, 2nd Baronet TD (Eton educated)
  • Paternal Grandfather was Tim Rathbone, (Conservative) MP for Lewes

Qualifications:

  • First in Philosophy, Politics, Economics from Brasenose College, Oxford University

Notable:

  • David Cameron is a lineal descendant of King William IV through an illegitimate line, stemming from King William IV's mistress: Enid Agnes Maud Levita.
  • Cameron was caught taking Cannabis 6 weeks before his O-Level exams and was made to pay a fine as well as facing a ban from leaving school grounds.
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The Right Honourable Nick Clegg, MP of Sheffield Hallam
The Right Honourable Nick Clegg, MP of Sheffield Hallam | Source

Nick Clegg

Positions:

Background:

  • Privately educated at Caldicott School in Farnham Royal, South Buckinhamshire and Westminster school in Central London.
  • Father is Nicholas Peter Clegg, chariman of United Trust Bank who was heavily involved ( a trustee) in the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (devoted to bringing Japan and the Britain).
  • Mother is Dutch: Hermance van den Wall Bake and was interned by the Japanese military in Batavia.

Qualifications:

  • Studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Robinson College.
  • Studied for a year at the University of Minnesota

Notable:

  • Clegg speaks 5 languages fluently: English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish
  • He was arrested for setting fire to as he is quoted to say "the leading collection of cacti in Germany".
  • Worked as an intern for Christopher Hitchens as a fact-checker

The Right Honourable William Hague, MP for Richmond since 1989
The Right Honourable William Hague, MP for Richmond since 1989 | Source

William Hague

Positions:

Background:

  • Mother and father ran a soft drinks manufacturing business
  • Educated at the state grammar school: Wath-upon-Dearne Grammar School

Qualifications:

  • First from Magdalen College, Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Studied a "Master of Business Administration" degree at INSEAD (a business school)
  • Was leader of the conservative party between June 1997 and September 2001

Notable:

  • William Hague, although serving leader of the Conservatives for four years, never became Prime Minister, making him the first person to have done this since the 1920's (Austen Chamberlain).
  • Whilst President of the Oxford University Conservative Association (OUCA) Hague was convicted of electoral malpractice (including ballto box stuffing).

The Right Honourable George Osborne, MP for Tatton since 2001
The Right Honourable George Osborne, MP for Tatton since 2001 | Source

George Osborne

Positions:

Background:

Qualifications:

  • 2:1 in Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford University

The Right Honourable Danny Alexander, MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey
The Right Honourable Danny Alexander, MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey | Source

Danny Alexander

Positions:

Background:

  • Born in Edinburgh
  • Father was a firefighter, potter and deputy pier master
  • Educated at the comprehensive Lochaber High school

Qualifications:

  • Philosophy, Politics, Economics from St Ann'es College, Oxford

The Right Honourable Theresa May, MP for Maidenhead
The Right Honourable Theresa May, MP for Maidenhead | Source

Theresa May

Positions:

Background:

  • Father was a Church of England clergyman
  • Educated at both state and independent schools

Qualifications:

  • BA in Geography from St Hugh's College, Oxford University.

The Right Honourable Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge
The Right Honourable Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge | Source

Philip Hammond

Positions:

Background:

  • Born in Epping, Essex
  • Father was a civil engineer
  • State educated

Qualifications:

  • Philosophy, Politics, Economics from University College, Oxford

The Right Honourable Dr. Vince Cable
The Right Honourable Dr. Vince Cable | Source

Dr. Vince Cable

Positions:

Background:

  • Born in York
  • Grammar school educated

Qualifications:

  • Degree in economics from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

The Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith
The Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith | Source

Iain Duncan Smith

Positions:

Background:

  • Born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Father was a Group Captain in the British Royal Airforce
  • Mother was Pamela Summers, a ballerina
  • Comprehensively educated up until age 14 and then at a merchant navy training school

Qualifications:

  • 1 year at the University for Foreigners Perugia, Italy
  • Attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

The Right Honourable Chris Grayling, MP for Epson and Ewel and the first Lord Chancellor who wasn't a lawyer since 1558
The Right Honourable Chris Grayling, MP for Epson and Ewel and the first Lord Chancellor who wasn't a lawyer since 1558 | Source

Chris Grayling

Positions:

Background:

  • Born in London
  • Grew up in Buckinhamshire
  • Educated at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

Qualifications:

  • BA in History from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Notable:

  • Worked as a producer in the BBC for 2 years 1986-1988 and then again as a business development manager on BBC Select.
  • Worked as an editor for Channel 4's Business Daily programme.
  • Before becoming a Conservative politician, Grayling was a member of the Social Democratic Party.

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