Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, normally referred to as the Home Secretary, is head of the Home Office and a senior Cabinet minister in Her Majesty's Government. It is a high profile position, one of the four Great Offices of State, and is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious and important roles in the British Cabinet.
|Secretary of State for the Home Department|
|Style||Home Secretary (informal)|
The Right Honourable
(within the UK and the Commonwealth)
National Security Council
|Reports to||Prime Minister of the United Kingdom|
on advice of the Prime Minister
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Formation||27 March 1782|
|First holder||Earl of Shelburne|
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The Home Secretary is responsible for the internal affairs of England and Wales, and for immigration and citizenship for the United Kingdom. The remit of the Home Office also includes policing in England and Wales and matters of national security, as the Security Service (MI5) is directly accountable to the Home Secretary. Formerly, the Home Secretary was the minister responsible for prisons and probation in England and Wales; however in 2007 those responsibilities were transferred to the newly created Ministry of Justice under the Lord Chancellor.
The position has been held by Priti Patel since 24 July 2019.
List of Home Secretaries
- The Prince of Wales served as Prince Regent from 5 February 1811.
- Elevated to the Peerage of Great Britain in 1790.
- Elected to a new constituency in the 1847 general election.
- Lost seat in the 1868 general election and elected to a new constituency in the Renfrewshire by-election.
- Elevated to the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1918.
- Elected on 28 February 1924 in the Burnley by-election.
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