List of shadow holders of the Great Offices of State

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This is a list of people who have shadowed one of the Great Offices of State in the United Kingdom's Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet. Since the Hugh Gaitskell Shadow Cabinet of 1955, the top four positions in the Shadow Cabinet have been held as follows:

Government Party of
Opposition
Leader of the Opposition Shadow Chancellor Shadow Foreign Secretary Shadow Home Secretary
Conservative
(Eden)
Labour Hugh Gaitskell
14 December 1955 –
18 January 1963†
Hugh Gaitskell 1958.jpg Harold Wilson
14 December 1955 –
2 November 1961
Harold Wilson Number 10 official.jpg Alfred Robens
14 December 1955 –
22 July 1956
No image.svg Kenneth Younger
14 December 1955 –
13 May 1957
No image.svg
Aneurin Bevan
22 July 1956 –
11 October 1959
Anenurin Bevan, Minister of Health, 5 July 1948 (14465908720) crop.jpg
Conservative
(Macmillan)
Patrick Gordon Walker
13 May 1957 –
12 March 1962
Patrick Gordon Walker.jpg
Denis Healey
11 October 1959 –
2 November 1961
Denis Healey.jpg
James Callaghan
2 November 1961 –
15 October 1964
James Callaghan.JPG Harold Wilson
2 November 1961 –
14 February 1963
Harold Wilson Number 10 official.jpg
George Brown
12 March 1962 –
15 February 1963
George Brown, 1967.jpg
Conservative
(Douglas-
Home
)
Harold Wilson
14 February 1963 –
16 October 1964
Harold Wilson Number 10 official.jpg Patrick Gordon Walker
14 February 1963 –
15 October 1964
Patrick Gordon Walker.jpg Frank Soskice
15 February 1963 –
15 October 1964
No image.svg
Labour
(Wilson I–II)
Conservative Sir Alec Douglas-Home
16 October 1964 –
28 July 1965
Alec Douglas-Home (c1963).jpg Reginald Maudling
15 October 1964 –
16 February 1965
Reginald Maudling.jpg R. A. Butler
15 October 1964 –
16 February 1965
Rab Butler.png Edward Boyle
15 October 1964 –
1965
No image.svg
Edward Heath
16 February 1965 –
11 November 1965
Heathdod.JPG Reginald Maudling
16 February 1965 –
11 November 1965
Reginald Maudling.jpg Peter Thorneycroft
1965 –
13 April 1966
Peter Thorneycroft cropped.png
Conservative
(Heath I)
Edward Heath
28 July 1965 –
18 June 1970
Heathdod.JPG Iain Macleod
11 November 1965 –
20 June 1970
The National Archives UK - CO 1069-166-17 Macleod crop.jpg Christopher Soames
11 November 1965 –
13 April 1966
No image.svg
Sir Alec Douglas-Home
13 April 1966 –
18 June 1970
Alec Douglas-Home (c1963).jpg Quintin Hogg
13 April 1966 –
18 June 1970
Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham Allan Warren.jpg
Conservative
(Heath)
Labour
(Wilson II)
Harold Wilson
19 June 1970 –
4 March 1974
Harold Wilson Number 10 official.jpg Roy Jenkins
20 June 1970 –
19 April 1972
Roy Jenkins 1977.jpg Denis Healey
20 June 1970 –
19 April 1972
Denis Healey.jpg James Callaghan
18 June 1970 –
19 October 1971
James Callaghan.JPG
Shirley Williams
19 October 1971 –
4 May 1973
Shirley Williams at Birmingham 2010.jpg
Denis Healey
19 April 1972 –
28 February 1974
Denis Healey.jpg James Callaghan
19 April 1972 –
28 February 1974
James Callaghan.JPG
Roy Jenkins
4 May 1973 –
4 March 1974
Roy Jenkins 1977.jpg
Labour
(Wilson III–IV)
Conservative
(Heath II)
Edward Heath
4 March 1974 –
11 February 1975
Heathdod.JPG Robert Carr
28 February 1974 –
11 February 1975
Robert Carr2.jpg Geoffrey Rippon
28 February 1974 –
11 February 1975
Geoffrey Rippon (1970).jpg Keith Joseph
4 March 1974 –
11 February 1975
Conservative
(Thatcher)
Margaret Thatcher
11 February 1975 –
4 May 1979
Thatcher-loc.jpg Sir Geoffrey Howe
11 February 1975 –
4 May 1979
Geoffrey Howe.jpg Reginald Maudling
11 February 1975 –
11 April 1976
Reginald Maudling.jpg Ian Gilmour
11 February 1975 –
11 April 1976
No image.svg
Labour
(Callaghan)
John Davies
11 April 1976 –
23 September 1978
William Whitelaw
11 April 1976 –
4 May 1979
Francis Pym
23 September 1978 –
4 May 1979
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Conservative
(Thatcher)
Labour
(Callaghan)
James Callaghan
4 May 1979 –
10 November 1980
James Callaghan.JPG Denis Healey
4 May 1979 –
4 November 1980
Denis Healey.jpg Peter Shore
4 May 1979 –
4 November 1980
No image.svg Merlyn Rees
4 May 1979 –
4 November 1980
Labour
(Foot)
Michael Foot
10 November 1980 –
2 October 1983
Michael Foot (1981).jpg Peter Shore
4 November 1980 –
9 June 1983
No image.svg Denis Healey
4 November 1980 –
13 June 1987
Denis Healey.jpg Roy Hattersley
4 November 1980 –
2 October 1983
Roy Hattersley 2012 cropped 2.jpg
Labour
(Kinnock)
Neil Kinnock
2 October 1983 –
18 July 1992
Kinnock, Neil.jpg Roy Hattersley
9 June 1983 –
11 June 1987
Roy Hattersley 2012 cropped 2.jpg Gerald Kaufman
2 October 1983 –
13 June 1987
Kaufman.JPG
John Smith
11 June 1987 –
18 July 1992
No image.svg Gerald Kaufman
11 June 1987 –
19 July 1992
Kaufman.JPG Roy Hattersley
13 June 1987 –
19 July 1992
Roy Hattersley 2012 cropped 2.jpg
Conservative
(Major)
Labour
(Smith)
John Smith
18 July 1992 –
12 May 1994†
Gordon Brown
18 July 1992 –
2 May 1997
Gordon Brown official.jpg Jack Cunningham
11 April 1992 –
22 July 1994
No image.svg Tony Blair
19 July 1992 –
22 July 1994
Tony Blair.JPG
Labour
(Beckett)
Margaret Beckett
12 May 1994 –
21 July 1994
Margaret Beckett May 2007.jpg
Labour
(Blair)
Tony Blair
21 July 1994 –
2 May 1997
Tony Blair.JPG Robin Cook
22 July 1994 –
2 May 1997
Robin Cook-close crop.jpg Jack Straw
22 July 1994 –
2 May 1997
Jack Straw meeting with Rumsfeld at Pentagon, May 19, 2005, cropped.jpg
Labour
(Blair)
Conservative
(Major)
John Major
7 May 1997 –
11 June 1997
John Major 1996.jpg Kenneth Clarke
2 May 1997 –
11 June 1997
Ken Clarke 2010.jpg John Major
7 May 1997 –
11 June 1997
John Major 1996.jpg Michael Howard
2 May 1997 –
11 June 1997
Michael Howard.jpg
Conservative
(Hague)
William Hague
19 June 1997 –
18 December 2001
William Hague, Foreign Sec (crop).jpg Peter Lilley
11 June 1997 –
2 June 1998
Peter Lilley.jpg Michael Howard
11 June 1997 –
15 June 1999
Michael Howard.jpg Brian Mawhinney
11 June 1997 –
2 June 1998
No image.svg
Francis Maude
2 June 1998 –
1 February 2000
Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office.jpg Norman Fowler
2 June 1998 –
15 June 1999
No image.svg
John Maples
15 June 1999 –
2 February 2000
No image.svg Ann Widdecombe
15 June 1999 –
18 September 2001
Ann Widdecombe.jpg
Michael Portillo
1 February 2000 –
18 September 2001
Michael Portillo by Regents College cropped.jpg Francis Maude
2 February 2000 –
18 September 2001
Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office.jpg
Conservative
(Duncan Smith)
Iain Duncan Smith
18 September 2001 –
6 November 2003
Iain Duncan-Smith Official.jpg Michael Howard
18 September 2001 –
6 November 2003
Michael Howard.jpg Michael Ancram
18 September 2001 –
10 May 2005
Global Strategy Forum (6963381142) cropped.jpg Oliver Letwin
18 September 2001 –
6 November 2003
Oliver Letwin.jpg
Conservative
(Howard)
Michael Howard
6 November 2003 –
6 December 2005
Michael Howard.jpg Oliver Letwin
6 November 2003 –
5 May 2005
Oliver Letwin.jpg David Davis
6 November 2003 –
12 June 2008
David Davis 2016.jpg
George Osborne
5 May 2005 –
6 May 2010
George osborne hi.jpg Liam Fox
10 May 2005 –
6 December 2005
Liam Fox MP, 2007 cropped.jpg
Conservative
(Cameron)
David Cameron
6 December 2005 –
6 May 2010
David Cameron official.jpg William Hague
6 December 2005 –
6 May 2010
William Hague, Foreign Sec (crop).jpg
Labour
(Brown)
Dominic Grieve
12 June 2008 –
19 January 2009
Dominic Grieve.jpg
Chris Grayling
19 January 2009 –
6 May 2010
Chris Grayling Official.jpg
Conservative
Liberal
Democrat

(Cameron–Clegg)
Labour
(Harman I)
Harriet Harman
11 May 2010 –
25 September 2010
Harriet Harman 2009 color.jpg Alistair Darling
11 May 2010 –
8 October 2010
AlistairDarlingABr cropped.jpg David Miliband
11 May 2010 –
8 October 2010
David Miliband 2.jpg Alan Johnson
11 May 2010 –
8 October 2010
Alan Johnson -9Oct2007-2.jpg
Labour
(Miliband)
Ed Miliband
25 September 2010 –
8 May 2015
Ed Miliband 2.jpg Alan Johnson
8 October 2010 –
20 January 2011
Alan Johnson -9Oct2007-2.jpg Yvette Cooper
8 October 2010 –
20 January 2011
Yvette Cooper (5257912377) (tightcrop).jpg Ed Balls
8 October 2010 –
20 January 2011
Ed Balls 2.jpg
Ed Balls
20 January 2011 –
11 May 2015
Ed Balls 2.jpg Douglas Alexander
20 January 2011 –
11 May 2015
Douglas Alexander MP at Chatham House 2015 crop.jpg Yvette Cooper
20 January 2011 –
12 September 2015
Yvette Cooper (5257912377) (tightcrop).jpg
Conservative
(Cameron II)
Labour
(Harman II)
Harriet Harman
8 May 2015 –
12 September 2015
Harriet Harman 2009 color.jpg Chris Leslie
11 May 2015 –
12 September 2015
Chris Leslie MP (cropped).jpg Hilary Benn
11 May 2015 –
26 June 2016
Hilary Benn.jpg
Labour
(Corbyn)
Jeremy Corbyn
12 September 2015 –
Jeremy Corbyn, 2016 Labour Party Conference 1.jpg John McDonnell
13 September 2015 –
John McDonnell, 2016 Labour Party Conference.jpg Andy Burnham
13 September 2015 –
28 September 2016
Andy Burnham2.jpg
Conservative
(May I)
Emily Thornberry
27 June 2016 –
Emily Thornberry, 2016 Labour Party Conference 1 (cropped).jpg
Diane Abbott
6 October 2016 –
7 June 2017
Diane Abbott, 2016 Labour Party Conference 1.jpg
Lyn Brown
7 June 2017 –
18 June 2017 (acting)
Conservative
(May II)
Diane Abbott
18 June 2017 –
Diane Abbott, 2016 Labour Party Conference 1.jpg
†Died in office
‡Served as interim leader

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