Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales

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Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales
Official portrait of Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP crop 2.jpg
Incumbent
Emily Thornberry

since 29 November 2021
AppointerLeader of the Opposition
WebsiteThe Shadow Cabinet

The Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales is an office within British politics held by a member of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. The duty of the office holder is to scrutinise the actions of the Attorney General for England and Wales and develop alternative policies. The Shadow Attorney General is not a member of the Shadow Cabinet, but attends its meetings.[1]

The Shadow Attorney General is deputised by the Shadow Solicitor General.

List of Shadow Attorneys General[edit]

Name Entered office Left office Political party Shadow Cabinet
The Lord Havers 18 February 1975 4 May 1979 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
The Lord Silkin of Dulwich 4 May 1979 14 July 1979 Labour James Callaghan
John Morris Official portrait of Lord Morris of Aberavon crop 2.jpg 14 July 1979 24 November 1981 Labour
Michael Foot
The Lord Archer of Sandwell 24 November 1981 24 November 1982 Labour
Arthur Davidson 24 November 1982 9 June 1983 Labour
The Lord Morris of Aberavon Official portrait of Lord Morris of Aberavon crop 2.jpg 9 June 1983 2 May 1997 Labour
Neil Kinnock
John Smith
Margaret Beckett
Tony Blair
The Lord Lyell of Markyate 2 May 1997 19 June 1997 Conservative John Major
Edward Garnier Edward Garnier, Solicitor General.jpg 19 June 1997 13 September 2001 Conservative William Hague
Iain Duncan Smith
Bill Cash Official portrait of Sir William Cash crop 2.jpg 14 September 2001 6 November 2003 Conservative
Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve.jpg 6 November 2003 8 September 2009 Conservative Michael Howard
David Cameron
Edward Garnier Edward Garnier, Solicitor General.jpg 8 September 2009 11 May 2010 Conservative
The Baroness Scotland of Asthal PatriciaScotland2a.jpg 11 May 2010 7 October 2011 Labour Harriet Harman
Ed Miliband
Emily Thornberry Official portrait of Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP crop 2.jpg 7 October 2011 3 December 2014 Labour
The Lord Bach Official portrait of Lord Bach crop 2.jpg 3 December 2014 14 September 2015 Labour
Harriet Harman
Catherine McKinnell Official portrait of Catherine McKinnell crop 2.jpg 14 September 2015 11 January 2016 Labour Jeremy Corbyn
Karl Turner Official portrait of Karl Turner crop 2.jpg 11 January 2016 26 June 2016 Labour
Vacant 26 June 2016 6 October 2016
The Baroness Chakrabarti Official portrait of Baroness Chakrabarti crop 2.jpg 6 October 2016 6 April 2020 Labour
Lord Falconer Official portrait of Lord Falconer of Thoroton crop 2.jpg 6 April 2020 29 November 2021 Labour Keir Starmer
Emily Thornberry Official portrait of Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP crop 2.jpg 29 November 2021 Incumbent Labour Keir Starmer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Her Majesty's Official Opposition". www.parliament.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2019.