First Secretary of State

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First Secretary of State is an honorary title occasionally used in the Government of the United Kingdom.wikipedia
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Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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When no Deputy Prime Minister is in office, the post is de facto second in Government.
The office of the Deputy Prime Minister is not a permanent position, existing only at the discretion of the Prime Minister, who may appoint to other offices, such as First Secretary of State, to give seniority to a particular cabinet minister.

Minister for the Cabinet Office

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If there is no First Secretary of State, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is typically de facto second in Government, although under Theresa May, David Lidington as Minister for the Cabinet Office held a higher Cabinet rank than Chancellor Philip Hammond.
Under the Second May ministry from 2018 to 2019, it functioned as an alternative title to Deputy prime minister or First Secretary of State.

Damian Green

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After Damian Green resigned over sexual harassment allegations on 20 December 2017, no Secretary of State was appointed to fill the post until Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Dominic Raab on 24 July 2019 when he became Prime Minister.
Damian Howard Green (born 17 January 1956) is a British politician who has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Ashford since 1997 and was the First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office from 11 June 2017 to 20 December 2017.

Dominic Raab

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After Damian Green resigned over sexual harassment allegations on 20 December 2017, no Secretary of State was appointed to fill the post until Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Dominic Raab on 24 July 2019 when he became Prime Minister.
Dominic Rennie Raab (born 25 February 1974) is a British politician serving as First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since July 2019.

Secretary of State (United Kingdom)

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It implies seniority over all other Secretaries of State in terms of Cabinet rank, but has no specific powers or authority attached to it beyond that of any other Secretary of State.
The honorific title First Secretary of State is awarded occasionally, to signify the senior Cabinet minister after the Prime Minister.

Cabinet rank

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If there is no First Secretary of State, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is typically de facto second in Government, although under Theresa May, David Lidington as Minister for the Cabinet Office held a higher Cabinet rank than Chancellor Philip Hammond. It implies seniority over all other Secretaries of State in terms of Cabinet rank, but has no specific powers or authority attached to it beyond that of any other Secretary of State.
However on several occasions in recent history a First Secretary of State or Deputy Prime Minister has been appointed.

Michael Heseltine

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Michael Heseltine and John Prescott were also relieved of their cabinet portfolios when serving as Deputy Prime Minister, and were therefore additionally appointed First Secretary of State.
As a key ally of Major, Heseltine rose to become President of the Board of Trade and, from 1995, Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State.

Conservative government, 1957–1964

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Rab Butler was also promoted to the office of First Secretary of State.

William Hague

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The two titles have only existed concurrently with different holders in one government: in David Cameron's coalition ministry of 2010–15, Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, while former Conservative leader William Hague was appointed First Secretary of State.
After the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010, Hague was appointed First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary.

John Prescott

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Michael Heseltine and John Prescott were also relieved of their cabinet portfolios when serving as Deputy Prime Minister, and were therefore additionally appointed First Secretary of State.
Prescott, still Deputy Prime Minister, was also given the largely honorific title of First Secretary of State.

Prime Minister's Questions

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If this office is not occupied or the Deputy Prime Minister is not available, the next most senior member of the Cabinet will receive questions (such as the First Secretary of State or the Deputy Leader of the government party).

Barbara Castle

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Castle was then elevated to Secretary of State for Employment and First Secretary of State (1968–1970), and successfully intervened in the strike by Ford sewing machinists against pay discrimination.

Peter Mandelson

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He is the only person to hold the position of First Secretary of State as Peer.

Boris Johnson

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After Damian Green resigned over sexual harassment allegations on 20 December 2017, no Secretary of State was appointed to fill the post until Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Dominic Raab on 24 July 2019 when he became Prime Minister.
Among other appointments, Johnson made Dominic Raab the First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary, and appointed Sajid Javid and Priti Patel as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary respectively.

Lord President of the Council

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Before the 2010 United Kingdom general election, the Lord President was Peter Mandelson, who was also First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Rab Butler

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The title was created in 1962 for Deputy Prime Minister R. A. Butler, granting him a place in cabinet despite not holding a specific cabinet portfolio.
In the reshuffle Butler lost the Home Office (although he kept the Central Africa Department) but at last received the formal titles of Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State.

Brown ministry

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Amid speculation that Brown would appoint him as Deputy Prime Minister and/or First Secretary of State, neither title was conferred on any member.

Cameron–Clegg coalition

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The two titles have only existed concurrently with different holders in one government: in David Cameron's coalition ministry of 2010–15, Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, while former Conservative leader William Hague was appointed First Secretary of State.

Second Cameron ministry

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Osborne was also given the honorific title of First Secretary of State, which had been held by William Hague in the preceding ministry.

George Osborne

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After the Conservatives won an overall majority in the 2015 general election, Cameron reappointed him Chancellor in his second government and gave him the additional title of First Secretary of State.

Johnson ministry

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Among other appointments, Johnson made Dominic Raab the First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary, and appointed Sajid Javid and Priti Patel as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Home Secretary respectively.