First Secretary of State
|First Secretary of State|
Arms of Her Majesty's Government
|Style||The Right Honourable|
|Inaugural holder||Rab Butler|
|Formation||13 July 1962|
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First Secretary of State is an honorific title occasionally used within the Government of the United Kingdom. The title, which implies seniority over all other Secretaries of State, has no specific powers or authority attached to it beyond that of any other Secretary of State.
The title is not always in use, and there have been lengthy periods between successive holders of the title.
The current First Secretary of State is George Osborne, who first received the title from Prime Minister David Cameron in addition to his reappointment as Chancellor of the Exchequer immediately following the 2015 General Election.
List of First Secretaries of State
(for political parties)
|Name||Portrait||Concurrent office(s)||Tenure||Political party
|Rab Butler||Deputy Prime Minister||13 July 1962 – 18 October 1963||Conservative||Harold Macmillan|
|Office not in use||1963–1964||Alec Douglas-Home|
|George Brown||Economic Secretary||16 October 1964 – 11 August 1966||Labour
|Michael Stewart||Economic Secretary (until August 1967)
Foreign Secretary (from March 1968)
|11 August 1966 – 6 April 1968||Labour|
|Barbara Castle||Employment and Productivity Secretary||6 April 1968 – 19 June 1970||Labour|
|Office not in use||1970–1995||Edward Heath|
|Michael Heseltine||Deputy Prime Minister||20 July 1995 – 2 May 1997||Conservative|
|Office not in use||1997–2001||Tony Blair|
|John Prescott||Deputy Prime Minister (from May 1997)||8 June 2001 – 27 June 2007||Labour
|Office not in use||2007–2009||Gordon Brown|
|Peter Mandelson, Baron Mandelson||Business Secretary
Lord President of the Council
|5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010||Labour|
|William Hague||Foreign Secretary (until July 2014)
Leader of the House of Commons (from July 2014)
|12 May 2010 – 8 May 2015||Conservative||David Cameron
|George Osborne||Chancellor of the Exchequer||8 May 2015 – present||Conservative||David Cameron
- Nicholas Watt (8 May 2015). "George Osborne made first secretary of state in cabinet reshuffle". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "First Secretary of State". www.gov.uk.
- Howard, Anthony (February 7, 2013). "RAB: The Life of R.A. Butler". A&C Black.