Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

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The Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is a post in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet. The Shadow Secretary helps hold the Energy and Climate Change Secretary and junior ministers to account and is the lead spokesperson on energy and climate change issues for his or her party. Should the relevant party take office, the Shadow Secretary would be a likely candidate to become Energy Secretary.

A previous Official Opposition post of Shadow Secretary of State for Energy existed until the Department of Energy was merged into the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 1992. In 2008, the Department for Energy and Climate Change was split from the DTI's successor department, effectively reviving the former department and the need for an Opposition shadow.

Following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister in July 2016, the department was disbanded and merged with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with the consequent ending of this shadow post.

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy (1974–1992)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Patrick Jenkin 18 February 1975 15 January 1976 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
John Biffen 15 January 1976 19 November 1976 Conservative
Tom King 19 November 1976 4 May 1979 Conservative
Tony Benn Tony Benn2.jpg 4 May 1979 14 July 1979 Labour James Callaghan
David Owen David Owen-1.jpg 14 July 1979 4 November 1980 Labour
Merlyn Rees 4 November 1980 24 November 1982 Labour Michael Foot
John Smith 24 November 1982 2 October 1983 Labour
Stanley Orme 2 October 1983 13 July 1987 Labour Neil Kinnock
John Prescott John Prescott on his last day as Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007.jpg 13 July 1987 23 November 1988 Labour
Tony Blair WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING 2009 - Tony Blair.jpg 23 November 1988 2 November 1989 Labour
Frank Dobson Frank Dobson MP, crop.jpg 2 November 1989 18 July 1992 Labour

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (2008–2016)[edit]

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Greg Clark Greg Clark at the CBI Climate Change Summit 2008 cropped.jpg 6 October 2008 11 May 2010 Conservative David Cameron
Ed Miliband Ed Miliband.jpg 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harriet Harman
Meg Hillier Meg Hillier headshot.jpg 8 October 2010 7 October 2011 Labour Ed Miliband
Caroline Flint Caroline Flint 2.jpg 7 October 2011 14 September 2015 Labour
Harriet Harman
Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy, 2016 Labour Party Conference 3 (head crop).jpg 14 September 2015 27 June 2016 Labour Jeremy Corbyn
Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner.jpg 27 June 2016 8 October 2016 Labour

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