John Healey (politician)

John Healey (born 13 February 1960) is a British Labour Party politician serving as Member of Parliament (MP) for Wentworth and Dearne since 1997 and Shadow Secretary of State for Defence since 2020.


John Healey

Official portrait, 2020
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Assumed office
6 April 2020
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byNia Griffith
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
In office
7 October 2016  6 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byThangam Debbonaire
Shadow Minister of State for Housing
In office
13 September 2015  27 June 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byRoberta Blackman-Woods
Succeeded byAndy Slaughter
In office
11 May 2010  8 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman (Acting)
Ed Miliband
Preceded byGrant Shapps
Succeeded byAlison Seabeck
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
In office
8 October 2010  6 October 2011
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byAndy Burnham
Succeeded byAndy Burnham
Minister of State for Housing and Planning
In office
5 June 2009  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byMargaret Beckett
Succeeded byGrant Shapps
Minister of State for Floods Recovery
In office
July 2007  5 June 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Minister of State for Local Government
In office
28 June 2007  5 June 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byPhil Woolas
Succeeded byRosie Winterton
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
10 May 2005  28 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byStephen Timms
Succeeded byJane Kennedy
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
30 May 2002  10 May 2005
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byRuth Kelly
Succeeded byIvan Lewis
Under-Secretary of State for Adult Skills
In office
11 June 2001  30 May 2002
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Succeeded byIvan Lewis (Skills and Vocational Education)
Member of Parliament
for Wentworth and Dearne
Wentworth (1997–2010)
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded byPeter Hardy
Majority2,165 (5.2%)
Personal details
Born (1960-02-13) 13 February 1960 (age 61)
Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Jackie Bate
EducationSt Peter's School, York
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge
WebsiteOfficial website

Healey was Minister of State for Housing and Planning in the Brown Government.

Following the 2010 general election, he was elected to the Shadow Cabinet and was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Health. He stood down from the role in October 2011 and was succeeded by Andy Burnham. He also served as Shadow Secretary of State for Housing from 2016 to 2020 under Jeremy Corbyn, and worked alongside Andrew Gwynne, the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.