Almost half of new Cabinet studied at Oxford or Cambridge

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 privately educated people is slightly below the Prime Minister’s previous cabinets, data from the Sutton Trust suggests.

The number was 64% in its first cabinet in 2019 and 65% in a reshuffle in 2020, the charity said.

In its analysis of the educational background of the new cabinet, announced on Wednesday, the Trust said the percentage for private education will be 29% of all MPs in the lower house in 2021.

The Sutton Trust said the share of the new cabinet with total education increased slightly from 27% last year to one-third now.

While 46% of the members of the previous cabinet studied in Oxford or Cambridge, the figure compares with 27% of all Conservative MPs, 18% of Labor MPs and 24% of all MPs.

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

The Trust said just over a quarter of cabinet ministers attended both independent schools and Oxbridge.

The Trust said its analysis includes 30 ministers and expects House of Commons Chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg and Attorney General Suella Braverman to attend the cabinet.

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