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Definition of Minister without Portfolio in English:
(In the UK and some other countries) a government minister who has cabinet status, but is not in charge of a specific department of state.
- A member of the National Assembly until his death, he was a Minister without Portfolio 1945-6, and Deputy Prime Minister 1946-7, but then the other parties began to shun the Communist Party as a result of the onset of the cold war.
- In 1957 he retired but five years later returned as Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet.
- Russell was to be Foreign Secretary, Palmerston Home Secretary, Gladstone Chancellor, Lansdowne Minister without Portfolio.
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