Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is a position with the UK Opposition's Shadow Cabinet; if elected, the designated person is a likely choice to become the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

The position has existed in many iterations, first as Environment, Transport and the Regions in 1997 after the Government's reorganisation. The portfolio shifted among government departments for many years until resting on its current name in 2006.

Under Michael Howard, the arrangement was slightly different. There was a Shadow Local Government Secretary and a Shadow Regions Secretary outside Shadow Cabinet under the direction of the Shadow Secretary of State for Local and Devolved Government Affairs.[1]

The current Shadow Secretary, as of September 2015, is Jon Trickett.

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions (1997–2001)

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Norman Fowler No image.svg 11 June 1997 1 June 1998 Conservative William Hague
Gillian Shephard No image.svg 1 June 1998 14 June 1999 Conservative
John Redwood John Redwood.jpg 14 June 1999 2 February 2000 Conservative
Archie Norman No image.svg 2 February 2000 18 September 2001 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (2001–2002)

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Theresa May Theresa May - Home Secretary and minister for women and equality.jpg 18 September 2001 6 June 2002 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith

Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government and the Regions (2002)

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Eric Pickles[2] Eric Pickles Official.jpg 6 June 2002 23 July 2002 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith

Shadow Secretary of State for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2002–2003)

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
David Davis David Davis.jpg 23 July 2002 11 November 2003 Conservative Iain Duncan Smith

Shadow Secretary of State for Local and Devolved Government Affairs (2003–2005)

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
David Curry No image.svg 11 November 2003 15 March 2004 Conservative Michael Howard
Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 15 March 2004 6 May 2005 Conservative

Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government

Shadow Secretary of State for the Regions

Political party Shadow Cabinet
Name Took office Left office Name Took office Left office
Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Official.jpg 11 November 2003 6 May 2005 Bernard Jenkin 70px 11 November 2003 6 May 2005 Conservative Michael Howard

Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government Affairs and Communities (2005)

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Caroline Spelman[3] Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 6 May 2005 5 December 2005 Conservative Michael Howard

Shadow Secretary of State for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2005–2006)

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Caroline Spelman[4] Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 5 December 2005 6 May 2006 Conservative David Cameron

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2006–present)

Name Took office Left office Political party Leader
Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 6 May 2006 2 July 2007 Conservative David Cameron
Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Official.jpg 2 July 2007 19 January 2009 Conservative
Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 19 January 2009 11 May 2010 Conservative
John Denham 60px 11 May 2010 8 October 2010 Labour Harriet Harman
Caroline Flint 60px 8 October 2010 7 October 2011 Labour Ed Miliband
Hilary Benn 60px 7 October 2011 11 May 2015 Labour
Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds.jpg 11 May 2015 14 September 2015 Labour Harriet Harman
Jon Trickett No image.svg 14 September 2015 present Labour Jeremy Corbyn

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