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In British politics, the Shadow Home Secretary is the person within the shadow cabinet who 'shadows' the Home Secretary; this effectively means scrutinising government policy on home affairs including policing, national security, immigration, the criminal justice system, the prison service, and matters of citizenship. If the opposition party is elected to government, the Shadow Home Secretary often becomes the new Home Secretary though this is not always the case. The office has been held by Labour MP Diane Abbott since 6 October 2016.

Shadow Home Secretary
Official portrait of Ms Diane Abbott crop 2.jpg
Incumbent
Diane Abbott

since 6 October 2016
Appointer Leader of the Opposition
Website The Shadow Cabinet

List of Shadow Home SecretariesEdit

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Kenneth Younger   14 December 1955 13 May 1957 Labour
Patrick Gordon-Walker 13 May 1957 12 March 1962 Labour
George Brown   12 March 1962 15 February 1963 Labour
Frank Soskice   15 February 1963 15 October 1964 Labour
Edward Boyle   15 October 1964 4 August 1965 Conservative
Peter Thorneycroft 4 August 1965 13 April 1966 Conservative
Quintin Hogg   13 April 1966 18 June 1970 Conservative
Jim Callaghan   18 June 1970 19 October 1971 Labour
Shirley Williams   19 October 1971 25 November 1973 Labour
Roy Jenkins   25 November 1973 4 March 1974 Labour
Jim Prior   11 March 1974 13 June 1974 Conservative
Keith Joseph   13 June 1974 11 February 1975 Conservative
Ian Gilmour   18 February 1975 15 Jan 1976 Conservative
Willie Whitelaw   11 April 1976 4 May 1979 Conservative
Merlyn Rees   4 May 1979 4 Nov 1980 Labour
Roy Hattersley   4 Nov 1980 31 October 1983 Labour
Gerald Kaufman   31 October 1983 13 July 1987 Labour
Roy Hattersley   13 July 1987 24 July 1992 Labour
Tony Blair   24 July 1992 20 October 1994 Labour
Jack Straw   20 October 1994 2 May 1997 Labour
Michael Howard   2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative
Brian Mawhinney   11 June 1997 2 June 1998 Conservative
Norman Fowler   2 June 1998 15 June 1999 Conservative
Ann Widdecombe   15 June 1999 18 September 2001 Conservative
Oliver Letwin   18 September 2001 6 November 2003 Conservative
David Davis   6 November 2003 12 June 2008 Conservative
Dominic Grieve   12 June 2008 19 January 2009 Conservative
Chris Grayling   19 January 2009 11 May 2010 Conservative
Alan Johnson   11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour
Ed Balls   8 October 2010 20 January 2011 Labour
Yvette Cooper   20 January 2011 12 September 2015 Labour
Andy Burnham   13 September 2015 28 September 2016 Labour
Diane Abbott
Absent: 7 June 2017 – 18 June 2017
Acting Shadow Home Secretary: Lyn Brown
  6 October 2016 Incumbent Labour

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