| Alastair Goodlad |
|Born||4 July 1943|
|Alma mater||Marlborough College, King's College (Cambridge)|
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
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.
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). 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, triggering the 1999 Eddisbury by-election.
House of Lords
On 19 July 2005, he was created a life peer as Baron Goodlad, of Lincoln in the County of Lincolnshire, and was introduced in the House of Lords the following day. 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.
- House of Lords Minutes of Proceedings for Wednesday 20 July 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2012.