Alastair Goodlad

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Person.png Alastair Goodlad   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Born4 July 1943
Alma materMarlborough College, King's College (Cambridge)
SpouseCecilia Hurst
British Conservative politician who was Chief Whip of the House of Commons from 1995 to 1997 and British High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 to 2005

Employment.png British High Commissioner to Australia

In office
1 January 2000 - 1 September 2005
Succeeded byHelen Liddell

Employment.png Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
2 May 1997 - 30 June 1997
Preceded byAnn Taylor

Employment.png Government Chief Whip in the Commons

In office
20 July 1995 - 30 June 1997

Employment.png Treasurer of the Household Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
14 July 1990 - 15 April 1992
Preceded byTristan Garel-Jones

Employment.png Comptroller of the Household Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
25 July 1989 - 14 July 1990
Preceded byTristan Garel-Jones
Succeeded byGeorge Young

Alastair Robertson Goodlad, Baron Goodlad is a British politician who was Chief Whip of the House of Commons from 1995 to 1997 and British High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 to 2005. A member of the Conservative Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Eddisbury, formerly Northwich, from February 1974 to 1999.

Early life

Born in 1943,[1] Goodlad attended Marlborough College and read law at King's College, Cambridge.

Parliamentary career

Goodlad first stood for Parliament in 1970 when he contested Crewe, but was beaten by Labour's Scholefield Allen.

He was Member of Parliament successively for Northwich (1974–83) and Eddisbury (1983–99), Goodlad also was a junior Foreign Office Minister then as Prime Minister John Major's Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip for which in the 1997 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG).[2] Following the 1997 election, he served in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and Opposition Chief Whip.

Membership of Lloyd's of London

Goodlad was an underwriting member of the Lloyd's of London insurance market, commencing in 1977 and ceasing in 1990. His membership coincided in the latter years with the rising tide of asbestos losses and his share is estimated to have been about £90,000.

High Commissioner to Australia

Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair then appointed Goodlad as High Commissioner to Australia. Goodlad accepted the office of Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds on 28 June 1999 to formally vacate his parliamentary seat,[3] triggering the 1999 Eddisbury by-election.

Goodlad took up office as High Commissioner in 2000. At the end of his term in 2005, he was replaced by former Secretary of State for Scotland, Helen Liddell.

House of Lords

On 19 July 2005, he was created a life peer as Baron Goodlad, of Lincoln in the County of Lincolnshire,[4] and was introduced in the House of Lords the following day.[5] He sits on the Conservative benches and was chairman of the Constitution Select Committee from 2008 to 2010.

In 2007, Goodlad was appointed Chairman of the Britain–Australia Society.

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