Shadow Secretary of State for Employment

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The Shadow Secretary of State for Employment was an office within British politics held by a member of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. The duty of the office holder was to scrutinise the actions of the government's Secretary of State for Employment and develop alternative policies. The office was replaced by that of Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions after the creation of the Department for Work and Pensions.

List of Shadow Secretaries[edit]

Shadow Secretaries of State for Employment[edit]

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political Party Leader of the Opposition
Barbara Castle Mme Barbara Castle, Ministre britannique du développement outre-mer.jpg 19 June 1970 19 October 1971 Labour Harold Wilson
James Callaghan James Callaghan and Carter crop.jpg 19 October 1971 19 April 1972 Labour
Reg Prentice 19 April 1972 4 March 1974 Labour
William Whitelaw 11 March 1974 29 October 1974 Conservative Edward Heath
James Prior 29 October 1974 4 May 1979 Conservative
Margaret Thatcher
Albert Booth 4 May 1979 14 July 1979 Labour James Callaghan
Eric Varley 14 July 1979 31 October 1983 Labour
Michael Foot
John Smith 31 October 1983 26 October 1984 Labour Neil Kinnock
John Prescott John Prescott on his last day as Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007.jpg 26 October 1984 13 July 1987 Labour
Michael Meacher Michael Meacher MP.jpg 13 July 1987 2 November 1989 Labour
Tony Blair WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING 2009 - Tony Blair.jpg 2 November 1989 18 July 1992 Labour
Frank Dobson Frank Dobson MP, crop.jpg 18 July 1992 21 October 1993 Labour John Smith
John Prescott John Prescott on his last day as Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007.jpg 21 October 1993 20 October 1994 Labour
Harriet Harman Harriet Harman.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.png 15 June 1999 18 September 2001 Conservative