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Shadow Secretary of State for Employment

The Shadow Secretary of State for Employment was an office within British politics held by a member of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. The duty of the office holder was to scrutinise the actions of the government's Secretary of State for Employment and develop alternative policies. The office was replaced by that of Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions after the creation of the Department for Work and Pensions.

List of Shadow SecretariesEdit

Shadow Secretaries of State for EmploymentEdit

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political Party Leader of the Opposition
Barbara Castle   19 June 1970 19 October 1971 Labour Harold Wilson
James Callaghan   19 October 1971 19 April 1972 Labour
Reg Prentice 19 April 1972 4 March 1974 Labour
William Whitelaw 11 March 1974 29 October 1974 Conservative Edward Heath
James Prior 29 October 1974 4 May 1979 Conservative
Margaret Thatcher
Albert Booth 4 May 1979 14 July 1979 Labour James Callaghan
Eric Varley 14 July 1979 31 October 1983 Labour
Michael Foot
John Smith 31 October 1983 26 October 1984 Labour Neil Kinnock
John Prescott   26 October 1984 13 July 1987 Labour
Michael Meacher   13 July 1987 2 November 1989 Labour
Tony Blair   2 November 1989 18 July 1992 Labour
Frank Dobson   18 July 1992 21 October 1993 Labour John Smith
John Prescott   21 October 1993 20 October 1994 Labour
Harriet Harman   20 October 1994 19 October 1995 Labour Tony Blair

Shadow Secretaries of State for Education and EmploymentEdit

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political Party Leader of the Opposition
David Blunkett   19 October 1995 2 May 1997 Labour Tony Blair
Gillian Shephard   2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative John Major
Stephen Dorrell   11 June 1997 15 June 1998 Conservative William Hague
David Willetts   1 June 1998 15 June 1999 Conservative
Theresa May   15 June 1999 18 September 2001 Conservative