UK/Foreign Secretary

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Employment.png UK/Foreign Secretary 
(Foreign minister)

Start27 March 1782

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

David Lammy5 July 2024
David Cameron13 November 2023
James Cleverly6 September 202213 November 2023
Liz Truss15 September 20216 September 2022
Dominic Raab24 July 201915 September 2021
Jeremy Hunt9 July 201824 July 2019
Boris Johnson13 July 20169 July 2018
Philip Hammond15 July 201413 July 2016
William Hague12 May 201014 July 2014
David Miliband28 June 200711 May 2010
Margaret Beckett5 May 200627 June 2007
Jack Straw8 June 20015 May 2006
Robin Cook2 May 19978 June 2001
Malcolm Rifkind5 July 19952 May 1997
Douglas Hurd26 October 19895 July 1995
John Major24 July 198926 October 1989
Geoffrey Howe11 June 198324 July 1989
Francis Pym6 April 198211 June 1983
Peter Carrington4 May 19795 April 1982
David Owen21 February 19774 May 1979
Anthony Crosland8 April 197619 February 1977
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