Shadow Home Secretary

In British politics, the Shadow Home Secretary (formally known as the Shadow Secretary of State for the Home Department), 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, and matters of citizenship. The Shadow Home Secretary also formerly had responsibility for the criminal justice system and the prison service; these responsibilities are now held by the Shadow Justice Secretary. 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 Yvette Cooper since 29 November 2021

Shadow Home Secretary
Official portrait of Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP.jpg
Incumbent
Yvette Cooper

since 29 November 2021
AppointerLeader of the Opposition
Inaugural holderKenneth Younger
Formation14 December 1955
WebsiteThe Shadow Cabinet

In recent decades, the positions of Home Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary have alternated between the Conservative and Labour parties. The corresponding position for the Liberal Democrats is the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson.

List of Shadow Home SecretariesEdit

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Party Shadow Cabinet
Kenneth Younger   14 December 1955 13 May 1957 Labour Gaitskell
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 Wilson I
Edward Boyle 15 October 1964 4 August 1965 Conservative Douglas-Home
Peter Thorneycroft   4 August 1965 13 April 1966 Conservative Heath I
Quintin Hogg   13 April 1966 18 June 1970 Conservative
James Callaghan   18 June 1970 19 October 1971 Labour Wilson II
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 Heath II
Keith Joseph 13 June 1974 11 February 1975 Conservative
Ian Gilmour 18 February 1975 15 January 1976 Conservative Thatcher
Willie Whitelaw 11 April 1976 4 May 1979 Conservative
Merlyn Rees   4 May 1979 4 November 1980 Labour Callaghan
Roy Hattersley   4 November 1980 31 October 1983 Labour Foot
Gerald Kaufman   31 October 1983 13 July 1987 Labour Kinnock
Roy Hattersley   13 July 1987 24 July 1992 Labour
Tony Blair   24 July 1992 20 October 1994 Labour Smith
Beckett
Jack Straw   20 October 1994 2 May 1997 Labour Blair
Michael Howard   2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative Major
Brian Mawhinney 11 June 1997 2 June 1998 Conservative Hague
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 Duncan Smith
David Davis   6 November 2003 12 June 2008 Conservative Howard
Cameron
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 Harman I
Ed Balls   8 October 2010 20 January 2011 Labour Miliband
Yvette Cooper   20 January 2011 12 September 2015 Labour
Harman II
Andy Burnham   13 September 2015 28 September 2016 Labour Corbyn
Diane Abbott   6 October 2016 5 April 2020 Labour
Nick Thomas-Symonds   5 April 2020 29 November 2021 Labour Starmer
Yvette Cooper[1]   29 November 2021 Incumbent Labour

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Labour reshuffle: Yvette Cooper becomes shadow home secretary". BBC NEWS. 30 November 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)