Ministerial role

First Secretary of State


  • Advising the Prime Minister on developing and implementing Government policy
  • Driving forward government business and implementation including through chairing and deputy chairing cabinet committees and taskforces
  • Overseeing devolution consequences of EU exit
  • Overseeing constitutional affairs and maintaining the integrity of the Union
  • Oversight of all Cabinet Office policies

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Damian Green MP

Damian Green was appointed First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office on 11 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Ashford in 1997.


Damian was educated at Reading School and Balliol College, Oxford. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1977.


From 1978 to 1992 he worked for the BBC and The Times, as well as Channel 4, where he was a producer and presenter specialising in business programmes. In 1992 he joined John Major’s policy unit, where he worked for 2 years.

Political career

Damian held a number of positions in the Shadow Cabinet, including Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills from 2001 to 2003, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport between 2003 and 2004 and Shadow Minister for Immigration from 2005 to 2010. He served as Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims (jointly with the Home Office) from September 2012 to July 2014.

He was Minister of State for Immigration from May 2010 to September 2012 and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from July 2016 to June 2017.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon George Osborne

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon William Hague

    • 2010 to 2015


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  1. Governments agree a way forward on EU powers

    • Press release
  2. Real progress on Brexit talks says First Secretary

    • Press release
  3. First Secretary encouraged by constructive Cardiff talks

    • Press release
  4. UK and Welsh Governments meet to advance Brexit talks

    • Press release
  5. Government to set out proposals to reform care and support

    • Press release
  6. First Secretary salutes RAF Lossiemouth contribution to UK Defence

    • News story
  7. New stats reveal veterans’ contribution to society, as Ministerial Board steps up support to Armed Forces

    • News story
  8. First Secretary Meets the Elders to Discuss Global Issues

    • Press release
  9. Government celebrates cyber security successes in Manchester

    • Press release
  10. First anniversary of the National Cyber Security Strategy

    • Speech