Secretary of State for Justice

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United Kingdom
Secretary of State for Justice
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Royal Arms as used by Her Majesty's Government
Official portrait of Mr David Lidington crop 2.jpg
Incumbent
David Lidington

since 11 June 2017
Ministry of Justice
Style The Right Honourable
(Formal prefix)
Justice Secretary
Appointer Elizabeth II
Inaugural holder Charlie Falconer
Formation 9 May 2007
Deputy Minister of State for Justice
Website www.justice.gov.uk/

Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Justice is a senior position in the cabinet of the United Kingdom, held in conjunction with the office of Lord Chancellor since it was created in 2007, replacing the former post of Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. On 9 May 2007, the Department for Constitutional Affairs was abolished, and a Ministry of Justice was created in its place. The Ministry of Justice is also responsible for certain functions transferred from the Home Office.

Creation[edit]

The then Lord Chancellor, Charlie Falconer, was appointed to the post of Secretary of State for Justice on the abolition of his position as Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. The Home Secretary, John Reid, told Parliament that future Secretaries of State for Justice would be MPs rather than peers. Jack Straw took over this department on 28 June 2007, following the selection of Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister and left office on the resignation of Gordon Brown after the General Election of 11 May 2010. He was replaced by Conservative MP Ken Clarke. In the Cabinet reshuffle of August 2012 Chris Grayling was promoted to Lord Chancellor and, by convention, Secretary of State for Justice. After the 2015 UK General election, the position was given to former Government Chief Whip Michael Gove. Michael Gove was sacked after Theresa May became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 14 July 2016 and succeeded by Liz Truss. Following the 2017 General Election which resulted in a minority Conservative government, David Lidington was appointed the new Secretary of State for Justice with his predecessor being demoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

List of Secretaries of State[edit]

For Lord Chancellors before 2003, see List of Lord Chancellors and Lord Keepers

For Secretaries between 2003 and 2007, see Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs

Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor
  Labour       Conservative
Portrait Name
Honorifics & Constituency
Term Political Party Government
Charles Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, May 2009.jpg The Right Honourable
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton
PC QC
9 May
2007
27 June
2007
Labour Blair II & III
Jack Straw 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Jack Straw[1]
MP for Blackburn
28 June
2007
11 May
2010
Labour Brown
Official portrait of Mr Kenneth Clarke crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Kenneth Clarke
QC
MP for Rushcliffe
12 May
2010
4 September
2012
Conservative Cameron–Clegg
Official portrait of Chris Grayling crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Chris Grayling
MP for Epsom and Ewell
4 September
2012
9 May
2015
Conservative
Official portrait of Michael Gove crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Michael Gove
MP for Surrey Heath
9 May
2015
14 July
2016
Conservative Cameron II
Official portrait of Elizabeth Truss crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Elizabeth Truss
MP for South West Norfolk
14 July
2016
11 June
2017
Conservative May I
Official portrait of Mr David Lidington crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
David Lidington[2]
MP for Aylesbury
11 June
2017
Incumbent Conservative May II

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