Geoffrey Lloyd, Baron Geoffrey-Lloyd

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Geoffrey William Geoffrey-Lloyd, Baron Geoffrey-Lloyd PC (17 January 1902 – 12 September 1984) was a British Conservative politician.

Background and education[edit]

The eldest son of G. W. A. Lloyd of Newbury, Lloyd was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge (MA), during which time he was President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1925.

Political career[edit]

Lloyd contested South East Southwark in 1924 without success and Birmingham Ladywood in 1929, when he was defeated by just 11 votes. He was Private Secretary to Sir Samuel Hoare (Secretary of State for Air), 1926–1929, then to Stanley Baldwin (Prime Minister, 1929, subsequently as Leader of the Opposition), 1929-1931.

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Ladywood in 1931 with a 14,000 majority, holding the seat until 1945. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Stanley Baldwin (Lord President of the Council), 1931–1935 and as Prime Minister in 1935. He held office as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, 1935–1939; as Secretary for Mines, 1939–1940; as Secretary for Petroleum, 1940–1942; as Chairman of the Oil Control Board, 1939–1945; as Minister in charge of Petroleum Warfare Department 1940-1945, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power, 1942–1945; and as Minister of Information in 1945. He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1943.

He was a Governor of British Broadcasting Corporation, 1946-1949. He returned to Parliament as member for Birmingham King's Norton, 1950–1955, and for Sutton Coldfield from 1955 until February 1974. During this time he was Minister of Fuel and Power, 1951–1955 and Minister of Education, 1957-October 1959.

He changed his surname from Lloyd to Geoffrey-Lloyd by Deed Poll on 18 April 1974.[1]

He was created a life peer 6 May 1974 as Baron Geoffrey-Lloyd, of Broomfield in Kent.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Geoffrey-Lloyd died at age 82 from natural causes in Kent.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Wilfrid Whiteley
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood
19311945
Succeeded by
Victor Yates
Preceded by
Raymond Blackburn
Member of Parliament for Birmingham King's Norton
19501955
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Sir John Mellor, Bt
Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield
1955February 1974
Succeeded by
Norman Fowler
Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Crookshank
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
1935–1939
Succeeded by
Osbert Peake
Preceded by
Harry Crookshank
Secretary for Mines
1939–1940
Succeeded by
David Grenfell
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary for Mines
Secretary for Petroleum
1940–1942
Combined into
Minister for Fuel and Power
Preceded by
Himself
as Secretary for Petroleum
Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the
Ministry of Fuel and Power

1942–1945
Succeeded by
Sir Austin Hudson, Bt
Preceded by
Brendan Bracken
Minister for Information
May–July 1945
Succeeded by
Edward Williams
Preceded by
Philip Noel-Baker
Minister of Fuel and Power
1951–1955
Succeeded by
Derick Heathcoat-Amory
Preceded by
The Viscount Hailsham
Minister of Education
1957–1959
Succeeded by
Sir David Eccles