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|
|Appointer||Leader of the Opposition|
|Formation||11 May 2015|
|First holder||Jack Straw|
(Acting Shadow Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
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. 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|
|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|
|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|
- "Brexit: Green and Thornberry Prime Minister's Questions clash". BBC News Online. Retrieved 12 July 2017.