Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

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Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Official portrait of Emily Thornberry crop 2.jpg
Incumbent
Emily Thornberry

since 27 June 2016
AppointerLeader of the Opposition
Inaugural holderAlfred Robens
Formation14 December 1955
WebsiteThe Shadow Cabinet

In British politics, the Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is a position within the opposition's shadow cabinet that deals mainly with issues surrounding the Foreign Office. If elected, the person serving as Shadow Foreign Secretary may be designated to serve as the new Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

List of Shadow Foreign Secretaries[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Alfred Robens Alfred Robens, Baron Robens of Woldingham.jpg 14 December 1955 22 July 1956 Labour Hugh Gaitskell
Aneurin Bevan Aneurin Bevan (crop).jpg 22 July 1956 11 October 1959 Labour
Denis Healey Denis Healey.jpg 11 October 1959 2 November 1961 Labour
Harold Wilson Dodwilson.JPG 2 November 1961 14 February 1963 Labour
Patrick Gordon Walker 14 February 1963 15 October 1964 Labour Harold Wilson
R. A. Butler RA Butler cropped.png 15 October 1964 16 February 1965[1] Conservative Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Reginald Maudling Reginald Maudling.jpg 16 February 1965[2] 11 November 1965 Conservative Edward Heath
Christopher Soames 11 November 1965 13 April 1966 Conservative
Alec Douglas-Home Alec Douglas-Home (c1963).jpg 13 April 1966 18 June 1970 Conservative
Denis Healey Denis Healey.jpg 20 June 1970 19 April 1972 Labour Harold Wilson
James Callaghan James Callaghan.JPG 19 April 1972 4 March 1974 Labour
Geoffrey Rippon Geoffrey Rippon (1970).jpg 4 March 1974 11 February 1975 Conservative Edward Heath
Reginald Maudling Reginald Maudling.jpg 11 February 1975 11 April 1976 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
John Davies 11 April 1976 6 November 1978 Conservative
Francis Pym[3] Zconcam61.jpg 6 November 1978 4 May 1979 Conservative
David Owen David Owen-1.jpg 4 May 1979 14 July 1979 Labour James Callaghan
Peter Shore No image.svg 14 July 1979 8 December 1980 Labour
Denis Healey Denis Healey.jpg 8 December 1980 13 June 1987 Labour Michael Foot
Neil Kinnock
Gerald Kaufman Kaufman.JPG 13 June 1987 24 July 1992 Labour
Jack Cunningham No image.svg 24 July 1992 20 October 1994 Labour John Smith QC
Robin Cook Robin Cook-close crop.jpg 20 October 1994 2 May 1997 Labour Tony Blair
John Major Major PM full.jpg 7 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative John Major
Michael Howard Official portrait of Lord Howard of Lympne crop 2.jpg 11 June 1997 15 June 1999 Conservative William Hague
John Maples No image.svg 15 June 1999 2 February 2000 Conservative
Francis Maude Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office.jpg 2 February 2000 18 September 2001 Conservative
Michael Ancram Global Strategy Forum (6963381142) cropped.jpg 18 September 2001 10 May 2005 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith
Michael Howard
Liam Fox Liam Fox MP, 2007 cropped.jpg 10 May 2005 6 December 2005 Conservative
William Hague William Hague 2010 cropped.jpg 6 December 2005 11 May 2010 Conservative David Cameron
David Miliband David Miliband 2.jpg 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harriet Harman QC
Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper (5257912377) (tightcrop).jpg 8 October 2010 20 January 2011 Labour Ed Miliband
Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander MP at Chatham House 2015 crop.jpg 20 January 2011 7 May 2015 Labour
Hilary Benn Hilary Benn.jpg 11 May 2015 26 June 2016 Labour Harriet Harman QC
Jeremy Corbyn
Emily Thornberry Official portrait of Emily Thornberry crop 2.jpg 27 June 2016 Incumbent Labour

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baston 2004, 246
  2. ^ Baston 2004, 246
  3. ^ Following Davies' resignation, it was announced that Pym would lead the two-day debate on Rhodesia for the Conservatives. See Geoffrey Parkhouse (7 November 1978). "Pym favourite for top Thatcher post". The Glasgow Herald. p. 1. By approximately 20 November, Norman St John-Stevas had replaced him as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, and Pym continued as Shadow Foreign Secretary through the end of the Parliament in 1979.

Book[edit]

  • Lewis Baston (2004) Reggie: The Life of Reginald Maudling. Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-2924-3