Does the term 'Minister of the Crown' apply to ministers of the loyal opposition as well as those who are members of Her Majesty's Government?


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No, the members of Her Majesty's loyal opposition are shadow ministers. They don't have a job in government, though they may be members of the Privy council.

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    Generally the only members of the opposition who will be in the Privy Council are the Leader of the Opposition, and anyone who held a ministerial post in a previous government.
    – Joe C
    Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 15:53
  • @JoeC: it seems to be a bit more widespread than that; I count 6 current members of the Shadow Cabinet who have never served in government but are members of the Privy Council. Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 16:37
  • Actually, looking at the list, I am seeing a few more senior shadow cabinet ministers appointed than I was expecting.
    – Joe C
    Commented Sep 19, 2021 at 6:34

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