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Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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In British politics, the Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is a position within the opposition's shadow cabinet that deals mainly with issues surrounding the Foreign Office. If elected, the person serving as Shadow Foreign Secretary may be designated to serve as the new Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
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Incumbent
Emily Thornberry

since 27 June 2016
AppointerLeader of the Opposition
Inaugural holderAlfred Robens
Formation14 December 1955
WebsiteThe Shadow Cabinet

List of Shadow Foreign SecretariesEdit

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Alfred Robens   14 December 1955 22 July 1956 Labour Hugh Gaitskell
Aneurin Bevan   22 July 1956 11 October 1959 Labour
Denis Healey   11 October 1959 2 November 1961 Labour
Harold Wilson   2 November 1961 14 February 1963 Labour
Patrick Gordon Walker 14 February 1963 15 October 1964 Labour Harold Wilson
R. A. Butler   15 October 1964 16 February 1965[1] Conservative Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Reginald Maudling   16 February 1965[2] 11 November 1965 Conservative Edward Heath
Christopher Soames   11 November 1965 13 April 1966 Conservative
Alec Douglas-Home   13 April 1966 18 June 1970 Conservative
Denis Healey   20 June 1970 19 April 1972 Labour Harold Wilson
James Callaghan   19 April 1972 28 February 1974 Labour
Geoffrey Rippon   28 February 1974 11 February 1975 Conservative Edward Heath
Reginald Maudling   11 February 1975 11 April 1976 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
John Davies 11 April 1976 6 November 1978 Conservative
Francis Pym[3]   6 November 1978 4 May 1979 Conservative
David Owen   4 May 1979 14 July 1979 Labour James Callaghan
Peter Shore   14 July 1979 8 December 1980 Labour
Denis Healey   8 December 1980 13 June 1987 Labour Michael Foot

Later

Neil Kinnock

Gerald Kaufman   13 June 1987 24 July 1992 Labour Neil Kinnock
Jack Cunningham   24 July 1992 20 October 1994 Labour John Smith QC
Robin Cook   20 October 1994 2 May 1997 Labour Tony Blair
John Major   7 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative John Major
Michael Howard   11 June 1997 15 June 1999 Conservative William Hague
John Maples   15 June 1999 2 February 2000 Conservative
Francis Maude   2 February 2000 18 September 2001 Conservative
Michael Ancram   18 September 2001 10 May 2005 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith

Later

Michael Howard

Liam Fox   10 May 2005 6 December 2005 Conservative Michael Howard
William Hague   6 December 2005 11 May 2010 Conservative David Cameron
David Miliband   11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harriet Harman QC
Yvette Cooper   8 October 2010 20 January 2011 Labour Ed Miliband
Douglas Alexander   20 January 2011 7 May 2015 Labour
Hilary Benn   11 May 2015 26 June 2016 Labour Harriet Harman QC

later

Jeremy Corbyn

Emily Thornberry   27 June 2016 Incumbent Labour Jeremy Corbyn

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Baston 2004, 246
  2. ^ Baston 2004, 246
  3. ^ Following Davies' resignation, it was announced that Pym would lead the two-day debate on Rhodesia for the Conservatives. See Geoffrey Parkhouse (7 November 1978). "Pym favourite for top Thatcher post". The Glasgow Herald. p. 1. By approximately 20 November, Norman St John-Stevas had replaced him as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, and Pym continued as Shadow Foreign Secretary through the end of the Parliament in 1979.

BookEdit

  • Lewis Baston (2004) Reggie: The Life of Reginald Maudling. Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-2924-3