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Regional Cabinet meetings

Published Monday, January 30, 2017

This note lists Cabinet meetings held away from Downing Street. Regional Cabinet meetings were introduced by Gordon Brown in 2008 and continued under the Coalition Government. Theresa May held her first regional Cabinet meeting in the north-west in January 2017. Prior to 2008, Cabinet meetings outside London were extremely rare.

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Cabinet guidance 

The following is taken from the Cabinet Manual, a guide to laws, conventions and rules on the operation of government:

4.7 The Prime Minister determines and regulates the procedures of Cabinet, including when and where meetings take place. Cabinet currently meets in the Cabinet Room in 10 Downing Street every Tuesday morning while Parliament is sitting. Regional Cabinets can also take place, where the weekly Cabinet meeting is held in a location outside London. The agenda for Cabinet usually includes Parliamentary business, domestic and foreign affairs, and topical issues. The proceedings of Cabinet and Cabinet committees are recorded by the Cabinet Secretariat. The minutes produced are the official record of discussion and the decisions made. For more information, see paragraphs 4.34 and 4.35 on Cabinet minutes and paragraphs 4.51 and 4.52 on the Cabinet Secretariat.

More information on the Cabinet and the workings of Government can be found on the Cabinet Office website: How Government works.

Town/city

Venue

Date

Prime Minister

Daresbury, Cheshire

Daresbury Science Park

23 Jan 2017

Theresa May

Aberdeen

Shell headquarters

24 Feb 2014

David Cameron  

Leeds

Leeds Museum

28 Jan 2013

David Cameron  

Bristol

John Cabot Academy, Kingswood

12 Nov 2012

David Cameron  

London

Olympic Park

9 Jan 2012

David Cameron  

Ipswich

BT Adastral Park, Martlesham

5 Dec 2011

David Cameron  

Cardiff

Royal Mint

12 Jul 2011

David Cameron  

Derby

Rolls Royce Learning & Development Centre

7 Mar 2011

David Cameron  

Bradford

Grattan Rugby Stadium

29 Jun 2010

David Cameron  

Durham

Durham Johnston School

18 Feb 2010

Gordon Brown

Exeter

Exeter Racecourse

5 Feb 2010

Gordon Brown

London

Olympic Park

3 Sep 2009

Gordon Brown

Cardiff

Swalec Cricket Stadium

23 Jul 2009

Gordon Brown

Glasgow

Scottish Exhibition & Conf. Centre

16 Apr 2009

Gordon Brown

Southampton

City Cruise Terminal

23 Feb 2009

Gordon Brown

Liverpool

BT Convention Centre

8 Jan 2009

Gordon Brown

Leeds

Royal Armouries Museum

28 Nov 2008

Gordon Brown

Birmingham

International Conference Centre

8 Sep 2008

Gordon Brown

Brighton

Grand Hotel

4 Oct 1966

Harold Wilson

Inverness

Town House

7 Sep 1921

D. Lloyd George

Sources

  • 10 Downing Street press briefings/online news sources
  • For details of Brighton (1966) see: Letter to The Times from Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, 9 September 1998

 

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