First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office

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.

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

Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Minister for the Cabinet Office is in overall charge of and responsible for the policy and work of the department, and attends Cabinet.

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims

    • 2012 to 2014
  3. Minister of State

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. COBR meeting on Hurricanes Irma and Maria 18 September 2017: update on government response

    • Press release
  2. Government launches Defence Industry Dialogue with Japan

    • Press release
  3. First Secretary of State confident of progress on Cardiff talks

    • Press release
  4. Conflict, Stability and Security Fund 2016 to 2017 and settlement for 2017 to 2018: written ministerial statement

    • Statement to Parliament
  5. New minister for the Cabinet Office: Damian Green

    • News story
  6. Sara Weller CBE appointed as the department’s lead non-executive

    • News story
  7. 3 million households set to benefit from Universal Credit changes

    • Press release
  8. New support to help workless families and improve children’s lives

    • Press release
  9. 100,000 new businesses launched thanks to employment scheme

    • Press release
  10. John Cridland CBE and the Government Actuary’s Department release reports into the future State Pension age

    • Press release