Open main menu

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is an office within British politics held by a member of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. The duty of the office holder is to scrutinise the actions of the government's Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and develop alternative policies. The office holder is a member of the Shadow Cabinet.

List of Shadow SecretariesEdit

Shadow Secretary of State for Social SecurityEdit

Name Entered office Left office Political party Shadow Cabinet
Michael Meacher   2 November 1989 18 July 1992 Labour Neil Kinnock
Donald Dewar   18 July 1992 19 October 1995 Labour John Smith
Tony Blair
Chris Smith   19 October 1995 1 July 1996 Labour
Harriet Harman   1 July 1996 2 May 1997 Labour
Peter Lilley   2 May 1997 19 June 1997 Conservative John Major
Iain Duncan Smith   19 June 1997 15 June 1999 Conservative William Hague
David Willetts   15 June 1999 14 September 2001 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and PensionsEdit

David Willetts   14 September 2001 6 May 2005 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith
Michael Howard
Malcolm Rifkind   6 May 2005 6 December 2005 Conservative
Philip Hammond   6 December 2005 2 July 2007 Conservative David Cameron
Chris Grayling   2 July 2007 19 January 2009 Conservative
Theresa May   19 January 2009 11 May 2010 Conservative
Yvette Cooper   11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harriet Harman
Douglas Alexander   8 October 2010 20 January 2011 Labour Ed Miliband
Liam Byrne   20 January 2011 7 October 2013 Labour
Rachel Reeves   7 October 2013 8 June 2015 Labour
Harriet Harman
Stephen Timms
Acting
  8 June 2015 13 September 2015 Labour
Owen Smith   14 September 2015 27 June 2016 Labour Jeremy Corbyn
Debbie Abrahams   27 June 2016 11 March 2018 Labour
Margaret Greenwood 11 March 2018 Incumbent Labour