Almost half of the new Cabinet studied at Oxford or Cambridge

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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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