Boris Johnson is facing criticism over his appointment of the Brexit negotiator David Frost to a full-time ministerial job and a place at the cabinet table, which will put the proportion of female UK cabinet ministers at one of its lowest levels in recent years.
Five women are full members of Johnson’s cabinet, making up just 21.7% of its 23 full members, now to include Lord Frost, appointed to lead on Britain’s relationship with the EU. One of those five, the minister without portfolio Amanda Milling, is unpaid. The attorney general, Suella Braverman, attends cabinet but is not a full member.
In 2015, David Cameron appointed seven women, making up 30% of 22 cabinet posts, according to a UK government briefing paper, and the highest number of concurrent women cabinet ministers was eight (36%), from May 2006 to May 2007 under Tony Blair.