Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

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The Shadow Secretary of State for Defence is a member of the UK Shadow Cabinet responsible for the scrutiny of the Secretary of State for Defence and his department, the Ministry of Defence. The post is currently filled by Vernon Coaker after Jim Murphy was removed from the position following a shadow cabinet reshuffle.[1]

Shadow Secretaries of State[edit]

Name Entered office Left office Political party Shadow Cabinet
Denis Healey Denis Healey.jpg 1 April 1964 16 October 1964 Labour Harold Wilson
Peter Thorneycroft Peter Thorneycroft cropped.png 16 October 1964 7 July 1965 Conservative Alec Douglas-Home
Enoch Powell Enoch Powell 6 Allan Warren.jpg 7 July 1965 21 April 1968 Conservative Edward Heath
Reginald Maudling Reginald Maudling.jpg 21 April 1968 1969 Conservative
Geoffrey Rippon Geoffrey Rippon (1970).jpg 1969 8 July 1970 Conservative
George Thomson 8 July 1970 10 April 1972 Labour Harold Wilson
Fred Peart 10 April 1972 4 March 1974 Labour
Ian Gilmour 4 March 1974 29 October 1974 Conservative Edward Heath
Unknown 29 October 1974 18 February 1975 Conservative
George Younger George Younger.JPEG 18 February 1975 15 January 1976 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Ian Gilmour 15 January 1976 4 May 1979 Conservative
William Rodgers 4 May 1979 8 December 1980 Labour James Callaghan
Brynmor John 8 December 1980 24 November 1981 Labour Michael Foot
John Silkin 24 November 1981 26 October 1984 Labour
Neil Kinnock
Denzil Davies 26 October 1984 14 June 1988 Labour
Martin O'Neill 14 June 1988 18 July 1992 Labour
David Clark Davsignfreedom.jpg 18 July 1992 2 May 1997 Labour John Smith
Tony Blair
John Major John Major 1996.jpg 2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative John Major
Sir George Young George Young Minister.jpg 11 June 1997 1 June 1998 Conservative William Hague
John Maples 1 June 1998 15 June 1999 Conservative
Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith, June 2007.jpg 15 June 1999 18 September 2001 Conservative
Bernard Jenkin 18 September 2001 6 November 2003 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith
Nicholas Soames 6 November 2003 10 May 2005 Conservative Michael Howard
Michael Ancram 10 May 2005 6 December 2005 Conservative
Liam Fox Liam Fox MP, 2007.jpg 6 December 2005 11 May 2010 Conservative David Cameron
Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth cropped.jpg 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harriet Harman
Jim Murphy JimMurphyMP.jpg 8 October 2010 7 October 2013 Labour Ed Miliband
Vernon Coaker 7 October 2013 Incumbent Labour

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