Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is a position with the UK Opposition's Shadow Cabinet that deals with issues surrounding the environment and food and rural affairs; if elected, the designated person is a likely choice to become the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The position existed as Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment until 1997, when it was renamed Environment, Transport and the Regions to match the Government's reorganisation. It changed to its current name in 2001 for the same reason. Under Michael Howard, the arrangement was slightly different. There was a Shadow Environment Secretary outside Shadow Cabinet and (together with the Shadow Transport Secretary) under the direction of the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment and Transport.

The current Shadow Secretary, as of 7 October 2013, is Maria Eagle.

Shadow Secretaries[edit]

Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Anthony Crosland 19 June 1970 5 March 1974 Labour Harold Wilson
Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher.png 5 March 1974 18 February 1975 Conservative Edward Heath
Timothy Raison 18 February 1975 19 November 1976 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Michael Heseltine Lord Heseltine2.jpg 19 November 1976 4 May 1979 Conservative
Roy Hattersley Roy Hattersley 2012 cropped 2.jpg 14 July 1979 8 December 1980 Labour James Callaghan
Gerald Kaufman 8 December 1980 31 October 1983 Labour Michael Foot
Jack Cunningham 31 October 1983 2 November 1989 Labour Neil Kinnock
Bryan Gould 2 November 1989 18 July 1992 Laborr
Chris Smith 18 July 1992 20 October 1994 Labour John Smith
Margarett Beckett
Frank Dobson 20 October 1994 2 May 1997 Labour Tony Blair
John Gummer 2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative John Major

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Norman Fowler 11 June 1997 1 June 1998 Conservative William Hague
Gillian Shepherd[1] 1 June 1998 14 June 1999 Conservative
John Redwood[2] 14 June 1999 2 February 2000 Conservative
Archie Norman 2 February 2000 18 September 2001 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Peter Ainsworth No image.svg 18 September 2001 23 July 2002 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith
David Lidington David Lidington eu minister 0c169 7669.jpg 23 July 2002 10 November 2003 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman, October 2009 1 cropped.jpg 10 November 2003 15 March 2004 Conservative Michael Howard
Richard Ottaway 15 March 2004 10 May 2005 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Oliver Letwin Oliver Letwin Official.jpg 10 May 2005 6 December 2005 Conservative Michael Howard
Peter Ainsworth 6 December 2005 19 January 2009 Conservative David Cameron
Nick Herbert Nick Herbert GMP - cropped.jpg 19 January 2009 11 May 2010 Conservative
Hilary Benn Hilary Benn.jpg 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Ed Miliband
Mary Creagh MaryCreaghMP-withbrooch.jpg 8 October 2010 7 October 2013 Labour
Maria Eagle 7 October 2013 Incumbent Labour

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hague reshuffles shadow cabinet". BBC News. 1 June 1998. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lilley sacked in Hague reshuffle". The Guardian. 15 June 1999. Retrieved 10 March 2013.