Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

In UK politics, the shadow secretary of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs is a position within the opposition's shadow cabinet that deals mainly with issues surrounding the Foreign Office. If elected, the person serving as shadow foreign secretary may be designated to serve as the new Foreign Secretary.

Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Incumbent
Lisa Nandy

since 5 April 2020
AppointerLeader of the Opposition
Inaugural holderAlfred Robens
Formation14 December 1955
WebsiteThe Shadow Cabinet

The current shadow secretary of state for foreign and Commonwealth affairs is MP Lisa Nandy. The Shadow Secretary (usually with one or more junior shadow ministers) holds the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and other FCDO ministers to account in Parliament.

The Shadow Secretary of State does not have responsibility for development. Although DFID and the role of International Development Secretary was abolished by the second Johnson government in 2020, Sir Keir Starmer retained the position of Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, held by Preet Gill.