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The Cabinet of the United Kingdom was a group of senior ministers, including the Prime Minister, in charge of the British government. From at least 1796, the Cabinet was in session in the Cabinet Room in 10 Downing Street. (TV: World War Three)
The Douglas-Home Cabinet only lasted a year but suffered a quick turnover of Defence Secretaries and Deputy Prime Ministers, after Defence Secretary Stephen Mulryne and the Deputy PM were assassinated in November 1963. Their replacements, Sir Francis White and Sir Robert Devere, were part of a conspiracy and themselves died. (AUDIO: 1963: The Assassination Games)
In 1999, the Cabinet included Prime Minister Terry Brooks, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Cotton, and Defence Secretary Jennifer Hamilton. Part of the Cabinet, including Brooks, collaborated with the Voracians to get out of a budget issue. (PROSE: Millennium Shock)
While he disguised himself as Acting Prime Minister Joseph Green, in 2006, Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen told General Asquith that he had "cancelled" the airlifting in of the "rest of the Cabinet", as "[t]hey'd only get in the way." (TV: Aliens of London)
Following his election as Prime Minister in 2008, the Master, under the identity of "Harold Saxon", attended a ultimately brief session of his Cabinet in which he, after cracking a joke and thanking them, accused them of being traitors who abandoned their political parties to jump on his bandwagon. He rigged the deskphone speakers on the Cabinet Room table to release a lethal gas that killed the Cabinet ministers, while using a gas mask to protect himself and mock his victims. (TV: The Sound of Drums)
In 2010, the Cabinet included Prime Minister Brian Green, Deputy PM and Foreign Secretary Rick Yates, Home Secretary Denise Riley, and a black male Defence Secretary. During a COBRA meeting, the Cabinet agreed to try and hand over children to the 456, haggling over the exact amount, rather than go to war and lose. Sixty two failed asylum seekers were considered expendable and offered up, only for the 456 to demand 325,000 instead. A grim discussion was had and in order to ensure extended family couldn't be part of the 'lottery', Riley proposed they hand over the bottom 10% of the school league tables as those children were expendable. The Cabinet agreed and a cover story was established. Torchwood attempted to blackmail the Cabinet into ceasing the plan but failed: Torchwood's attempt to intimidate the 456 only confirmed its power and hardened the Cabinet's stance. Control over the operation was taken by America's General Austin Pierce, as Britain was seen as having caused the issue; this allowed the Cabinet to say the events of the day "were in American hands" and not there's. Denise Riley blackmailed her way into control of the Prime Minister's office. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Four, Children of Earth: Day Five)
When the world was overrun by trees around the 2010s, the Cabinet went into emergency meeting and announced that they'd use controlled burns to get vital services through. (TV: In the Forest of the Night)
Behind the scenes Edit
- In real life, Shirley Williams was not Prime Minister and Tony Benn was not Home Secretary. Both of them were in 1970s Labour Cabinets in different roles.