Can you name the 12 cabinet ministers that didn’t attend Oxbridge?

The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge are well-known for producing cabinet members and prime ministers, but which twelve cabinet ministers did not attend either institution?

In the current cabinet, out of twenty-three cabinet ministers (excluding extras who also attend cabinet meetings such as the Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom) eleven attended Oxbridge, and twelve did not. But who went where?

The institution that has the most alumni in the cabinet is Oxford. The seven cabinet ministers to have hailed from Oxford are: Theresa May, Damian Green, Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and David Gauke.

The four who attended Cambridge were David Lidington, Chris Grayling, Natalie Evans (Leader of the House of Lords) and Greg Clark (who also attended LSE).

The other twelve attended a wide range of instititions.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd graduated from the University of Edinburgh, the only institution alongside Birmingham University other than Oxford or Cambridge to produce a British prime minister.

Brexit Secretary David Davis went to the University of Warwick, the London Business School, as well as the States’ Harvard University for a brief period. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon represents the English seat of Sevenoaks, yet he was born in Perth and then went to the University of St. Andrews.

The Education Secretary Justine Greening attended the Universities of Southampton and London before becoming an and accountant and eventually entering parliament. Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, was born in Scotland, and became a qualified doctor at the University of Glasgow.

  • Sajid Javid attended South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, as well as the University of Exeter.
  • David Mundell went to the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde.
  • Alun Cairns, the Secretary of State for Wales, went to the University of Wales.
  • James Brokenshire, the Northern Ireland Secretary, went to the University of Exeter and the London Guildhall University.
  • International Development Secretary attended Keele University and the University of Exeter.
  • Karen Bradley went to Imperial College London, and Patrick McLoughlin went to South Staffordshire College.

A full list of cabinet ministers can be accessed here.

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