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The Minister for Security is a junior ministerial position in the Home Office. The post was created by Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown on 3 June 2009 by splitting the now-defunct post of the Minister for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing between this post (then called Minister for Security and Counter-Terrorism) and the new post of Minister for Crime and Policing. The current postholder is Ben Wallace MP.

Minister for Security
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Ben Wallace

since 17 July 2016 (2016-07-17)
Home Office
AppointerPrime Minister of the United Kingdom
Inaugural holderAdmiral Lord West
Formation12 May 2010

The previous Security Minister, Lady Neville-Jones, resigned in May 2011 to be replaced as Minister of State at the Home Office by Lady Browning, while her brief at the Home Office for Security was taken on by James Brokenshire but only as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.[1]

Following the resignation on 8 February 2014 of the Minister of State for Immigration, Mark Harper, the position was temporarily merged with that of Minister for Security. James Brokenshire assumed the enlarged role of Minister for Security and Immigration. The two posts were divided again on 8 May 2015.


Portrait Term of office Political party P.M. Home Sec.
Beverley Hughes
(Citizenship, Immigration and Counter Terrorism)[2]
  29 May 2002 1 April 2004 Labour Blair Blunkett
Hazel Blears
(Crime Reduction, Policing,
Community Safety and Counter-Terrorism
  13 June 2003 6 May 2005 Labour
Hazel Blears
(Policing, Security and Community Safety)[3]
6 May 2005 5 May 2006 Clarke
Tony McNulty
(Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing)
  5 May 2006 3 October 2008 Labour Reid
Brown Smith
Vernon Coaker
(Policing, Crime and Security)[4]
  3 October 2008 3 June 2009 Labour
David Hanson
(Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing)
  10 June 2009 11 May 2010 Labour Johnson
Admiral Lord West
(Security and Counter-Terrorism)
  28 June 2007 12 May 2010 Labour
Lady Neville-Jones
(Security and Counter-Terrorism)[5][6]
  12 May 2010 9 May 2011 Conservative Cameron May
James Brokenshire[7]
(Crime and Security, Security and Immigration)[1]
  9 May 2011 8 February 2014 Conservative
Office not in use - unknown 8 February 2014 8 May 2015 Conservative
John Hayes
  8 May 2015 15 July 2016 Conservative
Ben Wallace
  17 July 2016 Incumbent Conservative May Rudd Javid


  1. ^ a b Home Office: Our Ministers
  2. ^ "Baroness Hughes of Stretford - Parliamentary Career". Archived from the original on 2010-12-27.
  3. ^ a b "Hazel Blears - Parliamentary Career". Archived from the original on 2011-12-21.
  4. ^ "Vernon Coaker - Parliamentary Career". Archived from the original on 2011-10-11.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Page 40 Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Johnson, Wesley (12 May 2011). "James Brokenshire takes on security role". Independent. Retrieved 12 May 2011.