Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Portrait of Andrew Gwynne
Incumbent
Andrew Gwynne

since 14 June 2017
Shadow Cabinet
Appointer Leader of the Opposition
Formation 11 June 1997
First holder Norman Fowler
Website Shadow Cabinet

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities, and Local Government is a position with the UK Opposition's Shadow Cabinet; if elected, the designated person is a likely choice to become the new Communities Secretary.

The position has existed in many iterations, first as Environment, Transport and the Regions in 1997 after the Government's reorganisation. The portfolio shifted among government departments for many years until resting on its current name in 2006.

Under Michael Howard, the arrangement was slightly different. There was a Shadow Secretary of State for Local and Devolved Government Affairs in Shadow Cabinet who supervised a Shadow Local Government Secretary and a Shadow Regions Secretary outside of it.[1]

The current Shadow Communities Secretary, as of June 2017, is Andrew Gwynne. Following the 2018 British cabinet reshuffle, Theresa May added Housing in England to the portfolio. However, the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn, has a Shadow Communities Secretary, along with a separate Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, as Corbyn has indicated that if Labour form the next government, they will create a separate government department for housing.

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions (1997–2001)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Norman Fowler No image.svg 11 June 1997 1 June 1998 Conservative William Hague
Gillian Shephard No image.svg 1 June 1998 14 June 1999 Conservative
John Redwood John Redwood.jpg 14 June 1999 2 February 2000 Conservative
Archie Norman Archie Norman.jpg 2 February 2000 18 September 2001 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (2001–2002)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Theresa May Theresa May portrait.jpg 18 September 2001 6 June 2002 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith

Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government and the Regions (2002)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Eric Pickles[2] Eric Pickles Official.jpg 6 June 2002 23 July 2002 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith

Shadow Secretary of State for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2002–2003)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
David Davis David Davis.jpg 23 July 2002 11 November 2003 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith

Shadow Secretary of State for Local and Devolved Government Affairs (2003–2005)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
David Curry No image.svg 11 November 2003 15 March 2004 Conservative Michael Howard
Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 15 March 2004 6 May 2005 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government[edit]

Shadow Secretary of State for the Regions[edit]

Political party Shadow Cabinet
Name Took office Left office Name Took office Left office
Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Official.jpg 11 November 2003 6 May 2005 Bernard Jenkin Bernard Jenkin MP asking a question at Edmund Burke Philosopher, Politician, Prophet.jpg 11 November 2003 6 May 2005 Conservative Michael Howard

Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government Affairs and Communities (2005)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Caroline Spelman[3] Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 6 May 2005 5 December 2005 Conservative Michael Howard

Shadow Secretary of State for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2005–2006)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Caroline Spelman[4] Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 5 December 2005 6 May 2006 Conservative David Cameron

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2006–present)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 6 May 2006 2 July 2007 Conservative David Cameron
Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Official.jpg 2 July 2007 19 January 2009 Conservative
Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 19 January 2009 11 May 2010 Conservative
John Denham John Denham.jpg 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harriet Harman
Caroline Flint Caroline Flint.jpg 8 October 2010 7 October 2011 Labour Ed Miliband
Hilary Benn Hilary Benn.jpg 7 October 2011 11 May 2015 Labour
Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds.jpg 11 May 2015 14 September 2015 Labour Harriet Harman
Jon Trickett Official portrait of Jon Trickett crop 2.jpg 14 September 2015 27 June 2016 Labour Jeremy Corbyn
Grahame Morris No image.svg 27 June 2016 7 October 2016 Labour
Teresa Pearce Teresa Pearce.jpg 7 October 2016 2 April 2017 Labour
Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods.jpg 2 April 2017 14 June 2017 Labour
Andrew Gwynne Official portrait of Andrew Gwynne crop 2.jpg 14 June 2017 Incumbent Labour

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