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Almost half of the new Cabinet studied at Oxford or Cambridge


Michael Gove, who has been appointed Housing Secretary, is among the Cabinet members to have attended Oxford or Cambridge universities (Stefan Rousseau / PA)

Almost half of Boris Johnson’s new cabinet went to Oxford or Cambridge universities and 60% attended private school, a social mobility charity said.

The percentage of private education is down slightly from previous Prime Minister’s offices, according to data from the Sutton Trust.

The figure was 64% in his first Cabinet in 2019 and 65% in a 2020 reshuffle, the charity said.

In its analysis of the formation of the new cabinet announced on Wednesday, the trust said the 2021 percentage for private education compares to 29% for all members of the House of Commons.

The Sutton Trust said there had been a slight increase in the proportion of the new Cabinet trained in general education, from 27% last year to a third now.

While 46% of members of the last Cabinet studied at Oxford or Cambridge, that figure compares with 27% of all Tory MPs, 18% of Labor MPs and 24% of all MPs.

New Foreign Minister Liz Truss, Housing Secretary Michael Gove and Chancellor Rishi Sunak all attended Oxford University.

The trust said just over a quarter of cabinet ministers attend both independent and Oxbridge schools.

The trust said its analysis includes 30 ministers and assumes House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg and Attorney General Suella Braverman will attend Cabinet.

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