Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

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The Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Work and Pensions and develop alternative policies. The office holder is a member of the Shadow Cabinet.

List of Shadow Secretaries

Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security

Name Entered office Left office Political party Shadow Cabinet
Michael Meacher Michael Meacher MP.jpg 2 November 1989 18 July 1992 Labour Neil Kinnock
Donald Dewar Donald Dewar.jpg 18 July 1992 19 October 1995 Labour John Smith
Tony Blair
Chris Smith Official portrait of Lord Smith of Finsbury crop 2.jpg 19 October 1995 1 July 1996 Labour
Harriet Harman Harriet Harman 2009 color.jpg 1 July 1996 2 May 1997 Labour
Peter Lilley Peter Lilley.jpg 2 May 1997 19 June 1997 Conservative John Major
Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith May 2015.jpg 19 June 1997 15 June 1999 Conservative William Hague
David Willetts David Willetts.jpg 15 June 1999 14 September 2001 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

David Willetts David Willetts.jpg 14 September 2001 6 May 2005 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith
Michael Howard
Malcolm Rifkind Malcolm Rifkind.jpg 6 May 2005 6 December 2005 Conservative
Philip Hammond Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Defence.jpg 6 December 2005 2 July 2007 Conservative David Cameron
Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Official.jpg 2 July 2007 19 January 2009 Conservative
Theresa May Theresa May - Home Secretary and minister for women and equality.jpg 19 January 2009 11 May 2010 Conservative
Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper (5257912377) (tightcrop).jpg 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harriet Harman
Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander at the India Economic Summit 2008.jpg 8 October 2010 20 January 2011 Labour Ed Miliband
Liam Byrne Liam Byrne.JPG 20 January 2011 7 October 2013 Labour
Rachel Reeves Rachelwikinew.jpg 7 October 2013 8 June 2015 Labour
Harriet Harman
Stephen Timms
Stephen Timms portrait.jpg 8 June 2015 13 September 2015 Labour
Owen Smith OwenSmithMPcropped.jpg 14 September 2015 27 June 2016 Labour Jeremy Corbyn
Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams MP.jpg 27 June 2016 11 March 2018 Labour
Margaret Greenwood
Margaret Greenwood MP.jpg 11 March 2018 Incumbent Labour
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