Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

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Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
Portrait of Thangam Debbonaire
Thangam Debbonaire

since 6 April 2020
Shadow Cabinet
AppointerLeader of the Opposition
Formation7 October 2016
First holderJohn Healey
WebsiteShadow Cabinet

The Shadow Secretary of State for Housing is a position in the United Kingdom's Shadow Cabinet that was created on 7 October 2016 by the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn during a cabinet reshuffle. This position succeeds the position of Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning, and as of present shadows the Minister for Housing and Planning at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in Her Majesty's Government. The office is currently held by Thangam Debbonaire who was appointed to Keir Starmer's Shadow Cabinet in April 2020.[1]

List of Shadow Secretaries of State for Housing[edit]

Shadow Secretary Term of Office Political Party Leader of the Opposition
John Healey MP Official portrait of Rt Hon John Healey MP crop 2.jpg 7 October 2016 6 April 2020 Labour Jeremy Corbyn
Thangam Debbonaire MP Official portrait of Thangam Debbonaire MP crop 2.jpg 6 April 2020 Incumbent Labour Keir Starmer

Shadow Secretary of State for Housing's Team[edit]


Member of the House of Commons
Member of the House of Lords

The current Shadow Housing team was updated on 11 May 2018, with Sarah Jones replacing Tony Lloyd after his appointment as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.[2]

Position Current Holder Term
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing Thangam Debbonaire MP 2020–present
John Healey MP 2016–2020
Shadow Housing Ministers Sarah Jones MP 2018–present
Melanie Onn MP 2017–2019
Mike Amesbury MP 2020–present[3]
Shadow Housing Spokespersons The Lord Kennedy of Southwark 2016–present
The Lord Beecham 2016–present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Keir Starmer appoints Shadow Cabinet". Labour Party. Retrieved 6 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Labour: Jeremy Corbyn adds new faces to shadow team". BBC News Online. Retrieved 13 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Keir Starmer appoints Labour frontbench". The Labour Party. Retrieved 9 April 2020.