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Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Frank urquhart
Incumbent
Wilhuff Tarkin
since June 2017
Category Shadow Cabinet position
Inaugural holder martyn williams
Number of Shadow Defence Secretaries since September 2013 11

The Shadow Defence Secretary, known in full as the Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, is a member of the opposition's shadow cabinet that shadows the Secretary of State for Defence. The Shadow Defence Secretary is responsible for holding them to account and has the ability to ask the Defence Secretary two questions at question times. The current Shadow Defence Secretary is Wilhuff Tarkin, who was appointed by the Leader of the Opposition, mobbsy91, on the 22nd June 2017.

List of Shadow Defence Secretaries

martyn williams was appointed as the first Shadow Defence Secretary for the Labour Party following the first general election. Since shadow cabinet records began in September 2013, there have been 11 Shadow Defence Secretaries.

Shadow Defence Secretary Alternative Role Party Took office Left office
RoryS Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and EU Affairs, International Trade and Defence Labour September 2013 March 2014
bun Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Defence Conservative April 2014 August 2014
Cryptographic Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Defence Conservative August 2014 October 2014
tehFrance Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Defence Conservative November 2014 April 2015
Jammy Duel Conservative May 2015 July 2015
StatusRed Labour July 2015 August 2015
Jammy Duel Conservative October 2015 April 2016
DanE1998 Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Defence and International Development Labour April 2016 May 2016
RayApparently Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Defence and International Development Labour May 2016 June 2016
DanE1998 Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Defence and International Development Labour June 2016 August 2016
Wellzi Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and International Development Labour August 2016 October 2016
Life_peer Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Defence Department Conservative November 2016 February 2017
jape Conservative February 2017 June 2017
Wilhuff Tarkin Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Defence Conservative June 2017 Incumbent

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