First Secretary of State
|First Secretary of State|
Arms of Her Majesty's Government
|Style||The Right Honourable|
|Inaugural holder||R. A. 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||Picture||Term of Office||Political party
|Other Ministerial Offices||Prime Minister|
|R. A. Butler||13 July 1962||18 October 1963||Conservative||Deputy Prime Minister||Harold Macmillan|
|Office not in use||1963–1964||Alec Douglas-Home|
|George Brown||16 October 1964||11 August 1966||Labour (Deputy Leader)||Economic Secretary||Harold Wilson|
|Michael Stewart||11 August 1966||6 April 1968||Labour||Economic Secretary
(until August 1967)
(from March 1968)
|Barbara Castle||6 April 1968||19 June 1970||Labour||Employment and Productivity Secretary|
|Office not in use||1970–1995||Edward Heath|
|Michael Heseltine||20 July 1995||2 May 1997||Conservative||Deputy Prime Minister|
|Office not in use||1997–2001||Tony Blair|
|John Prescott||8 June 2001||27 June 2007||Labour (Deputy Leader)||Deputy Prime Minister
(from May 1997)
|Office not in use||2007–2009||Gordon Brown|
|The Lord Mandelson||5 June 2009||11 May 2010||Labour||Business Secretary
Lord President of the Council
|William Hague||12 May 2010||8 May 2015||Conservative||Foreign Secretary
(until July 2014)
Leader of the House of Commons
(from July 2014)
|George Osborne||8 May 2015||Incumbent||Conservative||Chancellor of the Exchequer||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.