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Secretary of State for Defence

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Previously Minister of Defence

Name Entered office Left office Party Notes
Peter Thorneycroft 1 April 1964 16 October 1964 Conservative
Denis Healey 16 October 1964 19 June 1970 Labour
The Lord Carrington 19 June 1970 8 January 1974 Conservative
Ian Gilmour 8 January 1974 4 March 1974 Conservative
Roy Mason 4 March 1974 10 September 1976 Labour
Fred Mulley 10 September 1976 4 May 1979 Labour
Francis Pym 5 May 1979 5 January 1981 Conservative
John Nott 5 January 1981 6 January 1983 Conservative
Michael Heseltine 6 January 1983 7 January 1986 Conservative
George Younger 9 January 1986 24 July 1989 Conservative
Tom King 24 July 1989 10 April 1992 Conservative
Malcolm Rifkind 10 April 1992 5 July 1995 Conservative
Michael Portillo 5 July 1995 2 May 1997 Conservative
George Robertson
from 1999, the Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
3 May 1997 11 October 1999 Labour
Geoff Hoon 11 October 1999 6 May 2005 Labour
John Reid 6 May 2005 current incumbent Labour

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