Minister for Security

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Minister for Security
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
James Brokenshire

since 9 May 2011
Home Office
Appointer David Cameron
Inaugural holder Admiral Lord West
Formation 12 May 2010
Abolished 8 February 2014

The Minister for Security was a junior ministerial position in the Home Office. The post was created by Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown on 3 June 2009 by splitting the now-defunct post of the Minister for Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing between this post (then called Minister for Security and Counter-Terrorism) and the new post of Minister for Crime and Policing. The final postholder was James Brokenshire MP,[1] has a permanent seat on the National Security Council (NSC).[2]

The previous Security Minister, Lady Neville-Jones, resigned in May 2011 to be replaced as Minister of State at the Home Office by Lady Browning, while her brief at the Home Office for Security was taken on by James Brokenshire but only as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.[3]

Following the resignation on 8 February 2014 of the Minister of State for Immigration, Mark Harper, the position was merged with that of Minister for Security. James Brokenshire assumed the enlarged role of Minister for Security and Immigration.


Portrait Term of office Political party P.M. Home Sec.
Beverley Hughes
(Citizenship, Immigration and Counter Terrorism)[4]
Beverley Hughes 3.jpg 2003 2004 Labour Blair Blunkett
Hazel Blears
(Crime Reduction, Policing,
Community Safety and Counter-Terrorism
Hazel Blears, June 2009 2 cropped.jpg 2003 2005 Labour
Hazel Blears
(Policing, Security and Community Safety)[6]
2005 2006 Clarke
Tony McNulty
(Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing)
TonyMcNulty.jpg 2006 3 October 2008 Labour Reid
Brown Smith
Vernon Coaker
(Policing, Crime and Security)[7]
3 October 2008 3 June 2009 Labour
David Hanson
(Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing)
David Hanson 2.jpg 10 June 2009 11 May 2010 Labour Johnson
Admiral Lord West
(Security and Counter-Terrorism)
WY2T0771 map small.jpg 28 June 2007 12 May 2010 Labour
Lady Neville-Jones
(Security and Counter-Terrorism)[8][9]
Pauline Neville-Jones - minister for security and counter-terrorism.jpg 12 May 2010 9 May 2011 Conservative Cameron May
James Brokenshire[1]
(Crime and Security, Security and Immigration)[10]
JamesBrokenshireHomeOffice.jpg 9 May 2011 8 February 2014 Conservative