Shadow First Secretary of State

The Shadow First Secretary of State is a position in the United Kingdom's Shadow Cabinet that was created on 11 May 2015 by the Leader of the Opposition, Harriet Harman for her interim shadow cabinet. From 2005 to 2010, the office was known as Senior Member of the Shadow Cabinet, and from 2010 to 2015, the office was known as Shadow Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Shadow First Secretary of State
Official portrait of Angela Rayner MP.jpg
Incumbent
Angela Rayner
since 9 April 2020
Shadow Cabinet
AppointerLeader of the Opposition
Formation11 May 2015
First holderJack Straw
(Acting Shadow Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
Hilary Benn
(Acting)
WebsiteShadow Cabinet

Even though the role has no specific responsibilities attached to it, the holder of the position shadows the First Secretary of State and deputises for the Leader of the Opposition in Prime Minister's Questions when the First Secretary is deputising for the Prime Minister.[1] The current office-holder is Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner, who succeeded Emily Thornberry in April 2020. After Dominic Raab was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in September 2021, Rayner does not have an official counterpart in HM Government to shadow, though she continues to shadow Raab in his role as Deputy Prime Minister.

List of Shadow Ministers and SecretariesEdit

Senior Member of the Shadow CabinetEdit

Senior Member Term of Office Political Party Leader of the Opposition
William Hague   6 December 2005 11 May 2010 Conservative David Cameron

Shadow Deputy Prime Minister of the United KingdomEdit

Shadow Deputy Prime Minister Term of Office Political Party Leader of the Opposition
Jack Straw
Acting
  11 May 2010 25 September 2010 Labour Harriet Harman
Harriet Harman   7 October 2010 8 May 2015 Labour Ed Miliband

Shadow First Secretary of StateEdit

Shadow First Secretary Term of Office Political Party Leader of the Opposition
Hilary Benn
Acting
  11 May 2015 13 September 2015 Labour Harriet Harman
Angela Eagle   13 September 2015 27 June 2016 Labour Jeremy Corbyn
Office not in use from June 2016 to June 2017.
Emily Thornberry   14 June 2017 5 April 2020 Labour Jeremy Corbyn
Angela Rayner   9 April 2020 Present Labour Keir Starmer

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brexit: Green and Thornberry Prime Minister's Questions clash". BBC News Online. Retrieved 12 July 2017.