Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
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Incumbent
Jonathan Ashworth

since 7 October 2016
Appointer Leader of the Opposition
Inaugural holder Shirley Williams
Formation 19 June 1970
Website The Shadow Cabinet

The Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is an office within British politics held by a member of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. The duty of the office holder is to scrutinise the actions of the government's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and develop alternative policies. The office holder is a member of the Shadow Cabinet and appointed by the Leader of the Opposition.

Until the election of Sir Keir Starmer in April 2020, unlike the Secretary of State the position shadows, the Shadow Secretary's official title did not include social care as this brief was reserved for the Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care, Barbara Keeley. Ashworth gained the portfolio of social care in England in April 2020, following Starmer's Shadow Cabinet reshuffle.

List of Shadow Secretaries of State for Health

Name Entered office Left office Political party Notes Ref
Shirley Williams 19 June 1970 19 October 1971 Labour Later SDP Founder and Liberal Democrats Leader in House of Lords
Barbara Castle 19 October 1971 24 March 1972 Later Secretary of State for Health and Social Services
John Silkin 24 March 1972 4 March 1974
Keith Joseph 4 March 1974 11 March 1974 Conservative Former Secretary of State for Health and Social Services (1970–1974)
Geoffrey Howe 11 March 1974 18 February 1975
Norman Fowler 18 February 1975 19 November 1976
Patrick Jenkin 19 November 1976 4 May 1979
David Ennals 4 May 1979 14 June 1979 Labour Former Secretary of State for Health and Social Services (1976–1979)
Stanley Orme 14 June 1979 8 December 1980
Gwyneth Dunwoody 8 December 1980 31 October 1983
Michael Meacher 31 October 1983 13 July 1987
Robin Cook 13 July 1987 18 July 1992 [1]
David Blunkett 18 July 1992 20 October 1994 [2]
Margaret Beckett 20 October 1994 19 October 1995 [3]
Harriet Harman 19 October 1995 1 July 1996 [4]
Chris Smith 1 July 1996 2 May 1997
Stephen Dorrell 2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative Former Secretary of State for Health (1995–1997)
John Maples 11 June 1997 1 June 1998 [5][6]
Ann Widdecombe 1 June 1998 13 January 1999 [7]
Liam Fox 13 January 1999 6 November 2003 [8]
Tim Yeo 6 November 2003 19 June 2004 Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Education [9]
Andrew Lansley 19 June 2004 12 May 2010 Later Secretary of State for Health (2010–2012) [10][11]
Andy Burnham 12 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Former Secretary of State for Health (2009–2010)
John Healey 8 October 2010 6 October 2011
Andy Burnham 7 October 2011 13 September 2015 Former Secretary of State for Health (2009–2010)
Heidi Alexander 13 September 2015 26 June 2016
Diane Abbott 27 June 2016 6 October 2016
Jonathan Ashworth 7 October 2016 Incumbent Shadow Secretary of State for Health (2016–2020)

Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (2020-present)

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References

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  8. ^ "Opposition front bench team". House of Commons Weekly Information Bulletin. Parliament of the United Kingdom. 19 June 1999. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
  9. ^ "Tim Yeo; Biographical details". Ask Aristotle. London: guardian.co.uk. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
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  12. ^ Jamie Grierson and Anushka Asthana (27 June 2016). "Jeremy Corbyn unveils new shadow cabinet after raft of resignations". The Guardian.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

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