Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

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Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Official portrait of Rt Hon John Healey MP.jpg
Incumbent
John Healey

since 6 April 2020
AppointerLeader of the Opposition
Inaugural holderDenis Healey
Formation1 April 1964

The Shadow Secretary of State for Defence is a member of the UK Shadow Cabinet responsible for the scrutiny of the Secretary of State for Defence and the department, the Ministry of Defence. The post is currently held by John Healey.

Shadow Secretaries of State[edit]

Name Entered office Left office Political party Shadow Cabinet
Denis Healey Denis Healey.jpg 1 April 1964 16 October 1964 Labour Wilson I
Peter Thorneycroft Peter Thorneycroft cropped.png 16 October 1964 7 July 1965 Conservative Douglas-Home
Enoch Powell Enoch Powell 6 Allan Warren.jpg 7 July 1965 21 April 1968 Conservative Heath I
Reginald Maudling 21 April 1968 1969 Conservative
Geoffrey Rippon Geoffrey Rippon (1970).jpg 1969 8 July 1970 Conservative
George Thomson No image.svg 8 July 1970 10 April 1972 Labour Wilson II
Fred Peart No image.svg 10 April 1972 4 March 1974 Labour
Ian Gilmour No image.svg 4 March 1974 29 October 1974 Conservative Heath II
Peter Walker No image.svg 29 October 1974 18 February 1975 Conservative
George Younger George Younger.JPEG 18 February 1975 15 January 1976 Conservative Thatcher
Ian Gilmour No image.svg 15 January 1976 4 May 1979 Conservative
Fred Mulley Fred Mulley.PNG 4 May 1979 14 June 1979 Labour Callaghan
William Rodgers No image.svg 14 June 1979 8 December 1980 Labour
Brynmor John No image.svg 8 December 1980 24 November 1981 Labour Foot
John Silkin No image.svg 24 November 1981 26 October 1984 Labour
Kinnock
Denzil Davies No image.svg 26 October 1984 14 June 1988 Labour
Martin O'Neill Official portrait of Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan crop 2.jpg 14 June 1988 18 July 1992 Labour
David Clark Official portrait of Lord Clark of Windermere crop 2, 2019.jpg 18 July 1992 2 May 1997 Labour Smith
Beckett
Blair
John Major John Major at the Hist Inaugural.jpg 2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative Major
George Young Official portrait of Lord Young of Cookham, 2020.jpg 11 June 1997 1 June 1998 Conservative Hague
John Maples 1 June 1998 15 June 1999 Conservative
Iain Duncan Smith Official portrait of Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP crop 2.jpg 15 June 1999 18 September 2001 Conservative
Bernard Jenkin Official portrait of Sir Bernard Jenkin MP crop 2.jpg 18 September 2001 6 November 2003 Conservative Duncan Smith
Nicholas Soames Official portrait of Sir Nicholas Soames crop 2.jpg 6 November 2003 10 May 2005 Conservative Howard
Michael Ancram Official portrait of The Marquess of Lothian crop 2.jpg 10 May 2005 6 December 2005 Conservative
Liam Fox Official portrait of Dr Liam Fox crop 2.jpg 6 December 2005 11 May 2010 Conservative Cameron
Bob Ainsworth The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP (4799292710).jpg 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harman I
Jim Murphy Jim Murphy.jpg 8 October 2010 7 October 2013 Labour Miliband
Vernon Coaker Official portrait of Vernon Coaker crop 2.jpg 7 October 2013 14 September 2015 Labour
Harman II
Maria Eagle Official portrait of Maria Eagle MP crop 2.jpg 14 September 2015 6 January 2016 Labour Corbyn
Emily Thornberry Official portrait of Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP crop 2.jpg 6 January 2016 27 June 2016 Labour
Clive Lewis Official portrait of Clive Lewis crop 2.jpg 27 June 2016 6 October 2016 Labour
Nia Griffith Official portrait of Nia Griffith MP crop 2.jpg 6 October 2016 6 April 2020 Labour
John Healey Official portrait of Rt Hon John Healey MP crop 2.jpg 6 April 2020 Incumbent Labour Starmer

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