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Who is the Leader of the Opposition?

The Leader of the Opposition is usually the leader of the political party with the second highest number of MPs in the House of Commons.

The Opposition is the group of politicians in Parliament who are the alternative to the Government.

One of the responsibilities of the Leader of the Opposition is to hold the Government to account. One of the opportunities to do this is at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), which happens in the House of Commons.

Prime Minister’s Questions takes place every Wednesday at midday and is broadcast live on television. During this time, the Leader of the Opposition is allowed to ask the Prime Minister six questions.

The Leader of the Opposition is supported by a Shadow Cabinet, which is made up of shadow ministers. These are the politicians who would take up roles like Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary if their party was to win a general election and get into government.

The current Leader of the Opposition is Ed Miliband, who is the leader of the Labour Party.

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