One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) a member of the government legally representing the Crown as Duke of Lancaster, typically a cabinet minister employed on non-departmental work.
- ‘Holdings undertook with the Commission that the shares would be transferred by it to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Rt Hon Roger Freeman MP.’
- ‘As Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Tories protested, he was earning a cabinet minister's salary and had the services of two special advisers while doing a job that, in its public profile at least, was all about the Labour party.’
- ‘Alan Milburn's formal title may be Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, but his real duty is quite specific.’
- ‘He was dismissed from his post at the Admiralty and he was made Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.’
- ‘Owing to his involvement in this, he was not immediately made a minister when Labour returned to power in 1929, although he became Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1930, and Postmaster-General in 1931.’
- ‘Heneage held the seat against the Conservative, Colonel Campbell-Walker, by a comfortable majority in 1885, and again in February 1886, when he had to seek re-election following his appointment as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.’
- ‘A surprise for the job of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the former health minister steps up to cabinet rank.’
- ‘Former Health Secretary Alan Milburn has been appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster to take a leading role in Labour's General Election campaign, said Downing Street.’
- ‘On the day of his 50th birthday, Mr Hutton was given the remit to chase public service reforms as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle on Friday.’
- ‘In November 2000, Dr Mowlam became Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster responsible for policy across government departments and for driving forward the Prime Minister's key objectives.’
- ‘Arch-Blairite and potential successor Alan Milburn has been appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with responsibility for Labour's manifesto and policies for the the next election.’
- ‘Hazel Blears, a committed Blairite moderniser, is still expected to be moved into the Cabinet as a replacement for Hutton as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster at the Cabinet Office.’
- ‘One other possible destination would be the Cabinet Office, where Milburn's post as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster will almost certainly be vacated after the election.’
- ‘It officially entered the public domain when Jack Cunningham, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, handed a copy to the head of Tesco.’
- ‘Mr Clark, former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, announced he was standing down from the Commons at the last minute.’
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