Shadow Home Secretary

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In British politics, the Shadow Home Secretary 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, immigration, the criminal justice system, the prison service, and matters of citizenship. If and when 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 present Shadow Home Secretary is Yvette Cooper.

List of Shadow Home Secretaries[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Political party
Kenneth Younger 14 December 1955 13 May 1957 Labour
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
Edward Boyle 15 October 1964 4 August 1965 Conservative
Peter Thorneycroft Peter Thorneycroft cropped.png 4 August 1965 13 April 1966 Conservative
Quintin Hogg Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham Allan Warren.jpg 13 April 1966 18 June 1970 Conservative
James Callaghan James Callaghan 18 June 1970 19 October 1971 Labour
Shirley Williams Shirley Williams at Birmingham 2010.jpg 19 October 1971 25 November 1973 Labour
Roy Jenkins Roy Jenkins, Chancellor of Oxford.jpg 25 November 1973 4 March 1974 Labour
James Prior 11 March 1974 13 June 1974 Conservative
Keith Joseph 13 June 1974 11 February 1975 Conservative
Ian Gilmour 11 February 1975 11 April 1976 Conservative
William Whitelaw 11 April 1976 4 May 1979 Conservative
Merlyn Rees 4 May 1979 8 December 1980 Labour
Roy Hattersley Roy Hattersley 8 December 1980 31 October 1983 Labour
Gerald Kaufman Gerald Kaufman 31 October 1983 13 July 1987 Labour
Roy Hattersley Roy Hattersley 13 July 1987 24 July 1992 Labour
Tony Blair Tony Blair 24 July 1992 20 October 1994 Labour
Jack Straw Jack Straw 20 October 1994 2 May 1997 Labour
Michael Howard Michael Howard 1099 cropped.jpg 2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative
Brian Mawhinney 11 June 1997 2 June 1998 Conservative
Norman Fowler 2 June 1998 15 June 1999 Conservative
Ann Widdecombe Ann Widdecombe 15 June 1999 18 September 2001 Conservative
Oliver Letwin Oliver Letwin 18 September 2001 6 November 2003 Conservative
David Davis David Davis 6 November 2003 12 June 2008 Conservative
Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve 12 June 2008 19 January 2009 Conservative
Chris Grayling Chris Grayling 19 January 2009 11 May 2010 Conservative
Alan Johnson Alan Johnson -9Oct2007-2.jpg 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour
Ed Balls Ed balls.jpg 8 October 2010 20 January 2011 Labour
Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper, March 2008.jpg 20 January 2011 present Labour

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