|Secretary of State for the Home Department|
|Reports to||Prime Minister of the United Kingdom|
|Appointer||Monarch of the United Kingdom|
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Inaugural holder||The Earl of Shelburne|
|Formation||27 March 1782|
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Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, normally referred to as the Home Secretary, is a senior official as one of the Great Offices of State within Her Majesty's Government and head of the Home Office. It is a British Cabinet level position.
The Home Secretary is responsible for the internal affairs of England and Wales, and for immigration and citizenship for the United Kingdom. The remit of the Home Office also includes policing in England and Wales and matters of national security, as the Security Service (MI5) is directly accountable to the Home Secretary. Formerly, the Home Secretary was the minister responsible for prisons and probation in England and Wales; however in 2005 those responsibilities were transferred to the newly created Ministry of Justice under the Lord Chancellor.
The current Home Secretary is Amber Rudd, appointed formally by Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of Prime Minister Theresa May on 13 July 2016. May had been the previous incumbent, appointed in 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron to serve in his coalition government. May was reappointed by Cameron to serve in his Conservative government in 2015. She stood down from this role in 2016 on assuming the office of Prime Minister, succeeding Cameron.
List of Home Secretaries
- Elevated to the Peerage of Great Britain in 1790.
- Elected to a new constituency in the 1847 general election.
- Lost seat in the 1868 general election and elected to a new constituency in the Renfrewshire by-election.
- Elevated to the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1918.
- Elected on 28 February 1924 in the Burnley by-election.
- The Liberal Party withdrew on 28 September 1932.
- British government departments
- Cabinet (government)
- Great Offices of State
- List of British governments
- Ministry of Justice
- Shadow Home Secretary
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- Including honorifics and constituencies for elected MPs.
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- Defined as a period of government under one or two predominant ministers.
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- Gibson, Bryan (2008). The New Home Office: An Introduction (2nd ed.). Waterside Press. pp. 148–149. ISBN 978-1-904380-49-8.
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