Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
The Shadow Secretary of State for International Development is the lead spokesperson for the United Kingdom's Official Opposition on issues related to the Department for International Development (DfID), which is responsible for international aid, most notably to the third world. The Shadow Secretary (usually with one or more junior shadow ministers) also holds the Secretary of State for International Development and other DfID ministers to account in Parliament. Before Tony Blair established DfID after coming to power in 1997, there was a Minister for Overseas Development ("Minister of" before 1970) who was a part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Since 1989, the Shadow Minister or Shadow Secretary has usually been a member of the Shadow Cabinet.
|Shadow Secretary of State for International Development|
|Appointer||Leader of the Opposition|
|Website||The Shadow Cabinet|
Shadow Ministers and SecretariesEdit
Shadow Minister for Overseas DevelopmentEdit
|Name||Took office||Left office||Political party||Leader|
|Robert Carr||October 1964||October 1965||Conservative||Alec Douglas-Home|
|Christopher Chataway||October 1965||31 March 1966||Conservative||Edward Heath|
|Richard Wood||April 1966||c. October 1967||Conservative|
|Bernard Braine||c. October 1967||15 June 1970||Conservative|
|Judith Hart||19 June 1970||4 March 1974||Labour||Harold Wilson|
|Richard Wood||4 March 1974||18 February 1975||Conservative||Edward Heath|
|Unclear; possibly none[n 1]||18 February 1975||15 January 1976||Conservative||Margaret Thatcher|
|Richard Luce||15 January 1976||4 May 1979||Conservative|
|Judith Hart||4 May 1979||8 December 1980||Labour||James Callaghan|
|Frank McElhone||8 December 1980||22 September 1982||Labour||Michael Foot|
|Guy Barnett||24 November 1982||31 October 1983||Labour|
|Stuart Holland||31 October 1983||13 July 1987||Labour||Neil Kinnock|
|Unclear||13 July 1987||2 November 1989||Labour|
|Ann Clwyd||2 November 1989||18 July 1992||Labour|
|Michael Meacher||18 July 1992||21 October 1993||Labour||John Smith|
|Tom Clarke||21 October 1993||20 October 1994||Labour|
|Joan Lestor||20 October 1994||October 1996||Labour||Tony Blair|
|Clare Short||25 July 1996||2 May 1997||Labour|
Shadow Secretary of State for International DevelopmentEdit
|Name||Took office||Left office||Political party||Leader|
|Unclear[n 2]||2 May 1997||30 June 1997||Conservative||John Major|
|Alastair Goodlad||30 June 1997||1 June 1998||Conservative||William Hague|
|Gary Streeter||1 June 1998||14 September 2001||Conservative|
|Caroline Spelman||14 September 2001||10 November 2003||Conservative||Iain Duncan Smith|
|John Bercow||10 November 2003||8 September 2004||Conservative||Michael Howard|
|Alan Duncan||8 September 2004||10 May 2005||Conservative|
|Andrew Mitchell||10 May 2005||11 May 2010||Conservative|
|Douglas Alexander||11 May 2010[n 3]||8 October 2010||Labour||Harriet Harman|
|Harriet Harman||8 October 2010||7 October 2011||Labour||Ed Miliband|
|Ivan Lewis||7 October 2011||7 October 2013||Labour|
|Jim Murphy||7 October 2013||2 November 2014||Labour|
|Mary Creagh||5 November 2014||12 September 2015||Labour|
|Diane Abbott||13 September 2015||27 June 2016||Labour||Jeremy Corbyn|
|Kate Osamor||27 June 2016||1 December 2018||Labour|
|Dan Carden||1 December 2018||Incumbent||Labour|
- Richard Wood replied for the Opposition in a debate on 24 February, six days after Margaret Thatcher named her Shadow Cabinet. Various other Conservatives, including the Reginald Maudling (as Shadow Foreign Secretary), Peter Tapsell, and John Davies (as Shadow Foreign Secretary) replied in debates on overseas development thereafter.
- John Major's interim Shadow Cabinet consisted of those members of his Cabinet who retained their seats at the 1997 general election, but there had been no International Development Secretary, and the Overseas Development Minister was not in Cabinet. According to the Shadow Cabinet list, Major himself was responsible for Foreign Affairs (the department responsible for development in his government), but ministers could "call on the services of Members who served under them in Government". It is unknown whether Major called on the service of Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, the last Minister for Overseas Development, during the approximately two months before William Hague was elected leader. Therefore it is unclear whether the office was vacant or non-existent, or whether Major or Chalker should be considered to have held it.
- Under Labour Party rules, ministers shadow their former roles when the party enters opposition. Alexander was International Development Secretary when Gordon Brown resigned as Prime Minister.
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