Secretary of State for Justice

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United Kingdom
Secretary of State for Justice
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Incumbent
Michael Gove

since 8 May 2015
Ministry of Justice
Style The Right Honourable
Appointer Elizabeth II
Inaugural holder Charles 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.

The then Lord Chancellor, Charles 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 after the resignation of Gordon Brown on 11 May 2010. He was replaced by Conservative MP Kenneth Clarke. In the Cabinet reshuffle of August 2012 Chris Grayling MP 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 MP.

List of Secretaries of State[edit]

Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs[edit]

and Lord Chancellor

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Charles Falconer Charles Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, May 2009.jpg 12 June 2003 8 May 2007 Labour Tony Blair

Secretary of State for Justice[edit]

and Lord Chancellor

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Charles Falconer Charles Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, May 2009.jpg 9 May 2007 27 June 2007 Labour Tony Blair
Jack Straw[1] Jack Straw 2.jpg 28 June 2007 11 May 2010 Labour Gordon Brown
Kenneth Clarke Ken Clarke 2010.jpg 12 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative David Cameron
(Coalition)
Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Official.jpg 4 September 2012 9 May 2015 Conservative
Michael Gove Michael Gove Minister.jpg 9 May 2015 present Conservative David Cameron
(II)

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First non-peer to serve as Lord Chancellor since Sir Robert Henley as Lord Keeper of the Seal in 1760.

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