Shadow Minister for Overseas Development

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Employment.png Shadow Minister for Overseas Development 
(British Shadow Cabinet)

The MP in charge of shadowing the Secretary of State for International Development.

The shadow cabinet minister for international development is the lead spokesperson for the United Kingdom's Official Opposition on issues related to international aid, most notably to the Third World. The shadow cabinet minister holds the Minister of State for Development and Africa to account in Parliament. The role previously had no counterpart in the Government between 2020 and 2022 after the Department for International Development (DFID) and the role of international development secretary was abolished by the second Johnson government in 2020. The position was renamed from Shadow Secretary of State for International Development in November 2021 and placed under the Shadow Foreign Secretary.

The shadow minister also holds the Foreign Secretary and other FCDO ministers to account in Parliament. DFID was abolished in 2020 but Keir Starmer retained the role in his Shadow Cabinet.

Before Tony Blair established DfID in his first government after coming to power in 1997, there was a minister for overseas development ("minister of" before 1970) who was a part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Since 1989, the shadow minister or shadow secretary has usually been a member of the shadow cabinet.


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Kate Osamor27 June 20161 December 2018
Diane Abbott13 September 201527 June 2016
Jim Murphy7 October 20132 November 2014
Ivan Lewis7 October 20117 October 2013
Harriet Harman8 October 20107 October 2011
Andrew Mitchell7 May 200511 May 2010
Alan Duncan8 September 200410 May 2005
John Bercow10 November 20038 September 2004
Caroline Spelman18 September 200110 November 2003
Alastair Goodlad30 June 19971 June 1998
Michael Meacher18 July 199221 October 1993
Stuart Holland31 October 198313 July 1987
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