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60% of Johnson's new Cabinet attended private school, charity reports

ALMOST half of Boris Johnson’s new Cabinet went to Oxford or Cambridge universities and 60 per cent attended a private school, a charity reported yesterday.

Data from the Sutton Trust shows the percentage of privately educated ministers is down slightly on the Prime Minister’s previous cabinets.

The figure was 64 per cent in his first Cabinet in 2019, and 65 per cent after his 2020 reshuffle, the charity said.

In its analysis of the educational background of the new Cabinet, announced on Wednesday, the trust said the 2021 percentage for private education compares to 29 per cent when it comes to all MPs in the House of Commons.

The Sutton Trust said there has been a slight increase in the proportion of the new Cabinet educated at comprehensives, from 27 per cent last year to one third now.

While 46 per cent of those in the latest Cabinet studied at Oxford or Cambridge, this figure compares with 24 per cent of all MPs.

The trust said just over a quarter of Cabinet ministers attended both independent schools and Oxbridge.


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