Alastair Goodlad, Baron Goodlad

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Goodlad
British High Commissioner to Australia
In office
1 January 2000 – 1 September 2005
Preceded by Alex Allan
Succeeded by Helen Liddell
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
30 June 1997 – 1 June 1998
Leader William Hague
Preceded by Clare Short
Succeeded by Gary Streeter
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office
2 May 1997 – 30 June 1997
Leader John Major
Preceded by Ann Taylor
Succeeded by Gillian Shephard
Government Chief Whip in the Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
20 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Richard Ryder
Succeeded by Nick Brown
Member of Parliament
for Eddisbury
Northwich (1974–1983)
In office
28 February 1974 – 28 June 1999
Preceded by John Foster
Succeeded by Stephen O'Brien
Personal details
Born (1943-07-04) 4 July 1943 (age 71)
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Cecilia Hurst
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge

Alastair Robertson Goodlad, Baron Goodlad, KCMG, PC, (born 4 July 1943)[1] is a British Conservative politician who served as the British High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 until 2005.

Goodlad attended Marlborough College and studied law at King's College, Cambridge.

Lord Goodlad was Member of Parliament successively for Northwich (1974–83) and Eddisbury (1983–99), Goodlad also served as 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.

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.

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.

Goodlad married Cecilia Hurst in 1968 and has two sons.

Membership of Lloyd's of London[edit]

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.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Foster
Member of Parliament for Northwich
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Eddisbury
Succeeded by
Stephen O'Brien
Political offices
Preceded by
Tristan Garel-Jones
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
George Young
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
David Heathcoat-Amory
Preceded by
Richard Ryder
Conservative Chief Whip in the Commons
Succeeded by
Nick Brown
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Alex Allan
British High Commissioner to Australia
Succeeded by
Helen Liddell