Shadow Secretary of State for Health

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Andy Burnham, former Health Secretary and current Shadow Health Secretary.

The Shadow Secretary of State for Health 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 Health and develop alternative policies. The office holder is a member of the Shadow Cabinet.

List of Shadow Secretaries of State for Health[edit]

Name Entered office Left office Political party Notes Ref
Shirley Williams 19 June 1970 19 October 1971 Labour
Barbara Castle 19 October 1971 24 March 1972 Labour
Unknown 24 March 1972 4 March 1974 Labour
Unknown 4 March 1974 18 February 1975 Conservative
Norman Fowler 18 February 1975 19 November 1976 Conservative
Patrick Jenkin 19 November 1976 14 June 1979 Conservative
Stanley Orme 14 June 1979 8 December 1980 Labour
Gwyneth Dunwoody 8 December 1980 31 October 1983 Labour
Michael Meacher 31 October 1983 13 July 1987 Labour
Robin Cook 13 July 1987 18 July 1992 Labour [1]
David Blunkett 18 July 1992 20 October 1994 Labour [2]
Margaret Beckett 20 October 1994 19 October 1995 Labour [3]
Harriet Harman 19 October 1995 2 May 1997 Labour [4]
Stephen Dorrell 2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative Former Secretary of State for Health (until 1 May 1997)
John Maples 11 June 1997 1 June 1998 Conservative [5][6]
Ann Widdecombe 1 June 1998 13 January 1999 Conservative [7]
Liam Fox 13 January 1999 6 November 2003 Conservative [8]
Tim Yeo 6 November 2003 19 June 2004 Conservative Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Education [9]
Andrew Lansley 19 June 2004 12 May 2010 Conservative Became Secretary of State for Health, remained until 2012 [10][11]
Andrew Burnham 12 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Former Secretary of State for Health (until 11 May 2010)
John Healey 8 October 2010 6 October 2011 Labour
Andrew Burnham 7 October 2011 Labour Former Secretary of State for Health (until 11 May 2010)

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Opposition front bench team as at 5 June 1998". House of Commons Weekly Information Bulletin. Parliament of the United Kingdom. 6 June 1998. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  8. ^ "Opposition front bench team". House of Commons Weekly Information Bulletin. Parliament of the United Kingdom. 19 June 1999. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
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  10. ^ "House of Commons Weekly Information Bulletin Noticeboard". House of Commons Weekly Information Bulletin. Parliament of the United Kingdom. 19 June 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  11. ^ "Her Majesty's Official Opposition". Parliament of the United Kingdom. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-14.