United Kingdom
Minister of State for Security
Royal Arms as used by the Her Majesty's Government
Damian Hinds

since 13 August 2021
Home Office
StyleThe Right Honourable
(Formal prefix)
Security Minister
Reports toThe Home Secretary
SeatWestminster, London
AppointerThe British Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderBeverley Hughes
Formation29 May 2002

The minister of state for security is a ministerial position in the Home Office. The post was created by Prime Minister Gordon Brown on 3 June 2009 by splitting the now-defunct post of the minister for security, counter-terrorism, crime and policing between this post (then called Minister for Security and Counter-Terrorism) and the new post of Minister for Crime and Policing.

The most recent postholder was James Brokenshire MP appointed by Boris Johnson in 2020; he previously served in the role under David Cameron. In May 2011, Lady Neville-Jones resigned as Security Minister to be replaced as Minister of State at the Home Office by Lady Browning, while her brief at the Home Office for Security was taken on by James Brokenshire but only as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.[1] Following the resignation on 8 February 2014 of the Minister of State for Immigration, Mark Harper, the position was temporarily merged with that of Minister for Security. James Brokenshire assumed the enlarged role of Minister for Security and Immigration. The two posts were divided again on 8 May 2015. Brokenshire returned to the role in 2020 but resigned on 7 July 2021, on health grounds.[2] He was replaced by Damian Hinds in August 2021.

The post is generally seen as one of the most senior Minister of State positions, and as such its holder has been invited to attend meetings of the cabinet in the past.


Portrait Term of office Political party PM Home Sec.
Beverley Hughes
(Citizenship, Immigration and Counter Terrorism)[3]
29 May 2002 1 April 2004 Labour Blair Blunkett
Hazel Blears
(Crime Reduction, Policing,
Community Safety and Counter-Terrorism
13 June 2003 6 May 2005 Labour
Hazel Blears
(Policing, Security and Community Safety)[4]
6 May 2005 5 May 2006 Clarke
Tony McNulty
(Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing)
5 May 2006 3 October 2008 Labour Reid
Brown Smith
Vernon Coaker
(Policing, Crime and Security)[5]
3 October 2008 3 June 2009 Labour
David Hanson
(Security, Counter-Terrorism, Crime and Policing)
10 June 2009 11 May 2010 Labour Johnson
Admiral The Lord West of Spithead
(Security and Counter-Terrorism)
28 June 2007 12 May 2010 Labour
The Baroness Neville-Jones
(Security and Counter-Terrorism)[6][7]
12 May 2010 9 May 2011 Conservative Cameron May
James Brokenshire[8]
(Crime and Security, Security and Immigration)[1]
9 May 2011 8 May 2015 Conservative
John Hayes
8 May 2015 15 July 2016 Conservative
Ben Wallace
(Security and Economic Crime)
17 July 2016 24 July 2019 Conservative May Rudd
Brandon Lewis
(Security and Deputy for Brexit)
Also attends Cabinet
24 July 2019 13 February 2020 Conservative Johnson Patel
James Brokenshire
13 February 2020 7 July 2021 Conservative
Damian Hinds
13 August 2021 Incumbent Conservative


  1. ^ a b Home Office: Our Ministers
  2. ^ "Security minister resigns to focus on cancer recovery". BBC News. 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Baroness Hughes of Stretford - Parliamentary Career". Archived from the original on 2010-12-27.
  4. ^ a b "Hazel Blears - Parliamentary Career". Archived from the original on 2011-12-21.
  5. ^ "Vernon Coaker - Parliamentary Career". Archived from the original on 2011-10-11.
  6. ^ http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/about-us/our-organisation/ministers/pauline-neville-jones/
  7. ^ Page 40 Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Johnson, Wesley (12 May 2011). "James Brokenshire takes on security role". Independent. Retrieved 12 May 2011.