Garry Hart, Baron Hart of Chilton

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Garry Richard Rushby Hart, Baron Hart of Chilton (born 29 June 1940), is a British Labour politician. From 1998 to 2007, he was Expert and then Special Adviser to the Lord Chancellor, first Lord Irvine of Lairg and then Lord Falconer of Thoroton.

Before entering public service Hart was a highly successful planning solicitor with Herbert Smith. His appointment in 1998 was the subject of some controversy, but he was regarded as having a very beneficial influence on Lord Irvine, and serving also as a source of sound advice to Lord Falconer when the latter became Lord Chancellor in 2003.[1] Hart helped guide the Lord Chancellor's Department as it became the Department for Constitutional Affairs, and again as it became the Ministry of Justice.

He was created a life peer on 4 June 2004 taking the title Baron Hart of Chilton, of Chilton in the County of Suffolk.[2]

When Lord Falconer resigned in 2007, Lord Hart left his appointment. He had not spoken in the House of Lords following his peerage as this was considered inconsistent with his Government role. However in 2007 he seconded the motion on the Queen's Speech in very well received contribution.[3]

Lord Hart lives in Chilton Hall in Suffolk with his wife and two children. Lord Hart is also godfather to Tony Blair's daughter Kathryn.[4]


Arms of Garry Hart, Baron Hart of Chilton
Coronet of a Baron
A Dragon sejant Gules armed langued and supporting with the dexter foreclaws a Sword point downwards Or
Or three Cross Crosslets fitchy in fess Sable the lower limb of each surmounted by a Rose Gules seeded Or
On either side a Suffolk Punch Gules the tail and mane plaited and tied with Ribbons Or
The Crest contains a Welsh allusion with the sword of justice reflecting the law. The cross crosslets are derived from the Arms of a family of Crane; and

the rose for England is also an allusion to Cardinal Wolsey. Like many grantees, the ownership and breeding of animals provides for Crest and Supporter material.


  1. ^ Irvine, Politically Incorrect, Dominic Egan (London 1999)
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 57312. p. 7175. 9 June 2004.
  3. ^ House of Lords Hansard, 6 November 2007
  4. ^ UK Politics Blair escapes tribunal appearance