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|
|Appointer||Leader of the Opposition|
|Inaugural holder||Alfred Robens|
|Formation||14 December 1955|
|Website||The 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.