Shadow Secretary of State for Education


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 current officeholder is Kate Green MP.

List of Shadow Secretaries


Shadow Secretaries of State for Education and Science

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

Shadow Secretaries of State for Education

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 20 October 1994 19 October 1995 Tony Blair

Shadow Secretaries of State for Education and Employment

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political Party Leader of the Opposition
David Blunkett 19 October 1995 2 May 1997 Labour Tony Blair
Gillian Shephard 2 May 1997 11 June 1997 Conservative John Major
Stephen Dorrell 11 June 1997 15 June 1998 William Hague
David Willetts 1 June 1998 15 June 1999
Theresa May 15 June 1999 18 September 2001

Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Damian Green 18 September 2001 11 November 2003 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith
Tim Yeo 11 November 2003 14 July 2004 Michael Howard
Tim Collins 14 July 2004 6 May 2005
David Cameron 6 May 2005 6 December 2005
David Willetts 6 December 2005 2 July 2007 David Cameron

Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Michael Gove 2 July 2007 11 May 2010 Conservative David Cameron

Shadow Secretaries of State for Education

Shadow Secretary Took office Left office Political party Leader of the Opposition
Ed Balls 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harriet Harman
Andy Burnham 8 October 2010 7 October 2011 Ed Miliband
Stephen Twigg 7 October 2011 7 October 2013
Tristram Hunt 7 October 2013 12 September 2015
Harriet Harman
Lucy Powell 13 September 2015 26 June 2016 Jeremy Corbyn
Pat Glass 27 June 2016 29 June 2016
Angela Rayner 1 July 2016 5 April 2020
Rebecca Long-Bailey 6 April 2020 25 June 2020 Keir Starmer
Kate Green 27 June 2020 Incumbent

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Notes


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