Shadow Secretary of State for Education

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The Shadow Secretary of State for Education, also called the Shadow Education Secretary, is an office in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet responsible for Opposition policy on Education and for holding the Secretary of State for Education, junior Education ministers, and the Department for Education to account. The position is held by Angela Rayner.

List of Shadow Secretaries[edit]

Shadow Secretaries of State for Education and Science[edit]

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political party Shadow Cabinet
Roy Hattersley Roy Hattersley 2012 cropped 2.jpg 4 May 1973 5 March 1974 Labour Harold Wilson
Norman St John-Stevas Lord St John of Fawsley.jpg 28 February 1974 6 November 1978 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Mark Carlisle 6 November 1978 4 May 1979 Conservative
Gordon Oakes[1] 4 May 1979 14 July 1979 Labour James Callaghan
Neil Kinnock Kinnock, Neil.jpg 14 July 1979 2 October 1983 Labour
Michael Foot
Giles Radice Giles Radice, Policy Network, March 27 2009.jpg 2 October 1983 13 July 1987 Labour Neil Kinnock
Jack Straw Jack Straw 2.jpg 13 July 1987 18 July 1992 Labour

Shadow Secretaries of State for Education[edit]

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Ann Taylor 18 July 1992 20 October 1994 Labour John Smith
Margaret Beckett (1994)
David Blunkett David Blunkett -8April2010.jpg 20 October 1994 19 October 1995 Labour Tony Blair

Shadow Secretaries of State for Education and Employment[edit]

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political Party Leader of the Opposition
David Blunkett David Blunkett -8April2010.jpg 19 October 1995 2 May 1997 Labour Tony Blair
Gillian Shephard 2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative John Major
Stephen Dorrell Stephen dorrell mp -nhs confederation annual conferencepercent2c manchester-11july2011 - crop.jpg 11 June 1997 15 June 1998 Conservative William Hague
David Willetts Rt Hon David Willetts MP.jpg 1 June 1998 15 June 1999 Conservative
Theresa May Theresa May - Home Secretary and minister for women and equality.jpg 15 June 1999 18 September 2001 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills[edit]

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Damian Green Damian Green - immigration minister.jpg 18 September 2001 11 November 2003 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith
Tim Yeo From left to right Oliver Morton, David Odling and Tim Yeo MP.jpg 11 November 2003 14 June 2004 Conservative Michael Howard
Tim Collins 14 June 2004 6 May 2005 Conservative
David Cameron David Cameron official.jpg 6 May 2005 6 December 2005 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families[edit]

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
David Willetts Rt Hon David Willetts MP.jpg 6 December 2005 2 July 2007 Conservative David Cameron
Michael Gove Michael Gove Minister.jpg 2 July 2007 11 May 2010 Conservative

Shadow Secretaries of State for Education[edit]

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Ed Balls Ed Balls 2.jpg 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harriet Harman
Andy Burnham Andy Burnham2.jpg 8 October 2010 7 October 2011 Labour Ed Miliband
Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg MP.jpg 7 October 2011 7 October 2013 Labour
Tristram Hunt Tristram Cropped.jpg 7 October 2013 12 September 2015 Labour
Harriet Harman
Lucy Powell 13 September 2015 26 June 2016 Labour Jeremy Corbyn
Pat Glass Pat Glass.jpg 27 June 2016 29 June 2016 Labour
Angela Rayner Angela Rayner, 2016 Labour Party Conference 1 (cropped).jpg 1 July 2016 Incumbent Labour

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Secretary of State for Education and Science Shirley Williams lost her seat in the General Election