UK/Foreign Secretary

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Employment.png UK/Foreign Secretary 
(Foreign minister)
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Dominic Raab.jpg
Incumbent: Dominic Raab
Since 24 July 2019

Start27 March 1782
Leader ofUK/FCO
Leader of the UK/FCO

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs or UK Foreign Secretary is the head of the UK government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. MI6 and GCHQ are, officially at least, directly accountable to this person.

In 2008 Sir Richard Dearlove admitted that, under the UK's Intelligence Services Act, MI6 agents were allowed to conduct illegal activities in the interests of "national security", if given the written permission of the UK Foreign Secretary for a "Class Seven authorisation".[1]


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Dominic Raab24 July 2019
Jeremy Hunt9 July 201824 July 2019
Boris Johnson13 July 20169 July 2018
Philip Hammond15 July 201413 July 2016
Sayeeda Warsi4 September 20125 August 2014
William Hague12 May 201014 July 2014
Ivan Lewis8 June 200911 May 2010
David Miliband28 June 200711 May 2010
Margaret Beckett5 May 200627 June 2007
Kim Howells11 May 20056 October 2008
Jack Straw8 June 20015 May 2006
Robin Cook2 May 19978 June 2001
Jeremy Hanley5 July 19955 May 1997
Malcolm Rifkind5 July 19952 May 1997
Alastair Goodlad15 April 199220 July 1995
Douglas Hurd26 October 19895 July 1995
John Major24 July 198926 October 1989
William Waldegrave26 July 19882 November 1990
David Mellor13 June 198725 July 1988
Geoffrey Howe11 June 198324 July 1989
Francis Pym6 April 198211 June 1983
Peter Carrington4 May 19795 April 1982
David Owen21 February 19774 May 1979
David Owen10 September 197621 February 1977
Anthony Crosland8 April 197619 February 1977
Roy Hattersley7 March 197410 September 1976
Julian Amery5 November 19724 March 1974
Hugh Foot19641970