Navnit Dholakia, Baron Dholakia
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Dholakia
OBE PC DL
|Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords|
24 November 2004
Serving with The Lord Wallace of Saltaire (2004–2010)
|President of the Liberal Democrats|
1 January 2001 – 31 December 2003
|Preceded by||Diana Maddock|
|Succeeded by||Simon Hughes|
|Born||4 March 1937|
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
Navnit Dholakia, Baron Dholakia, OBE, PC, DL (born 4 March 1937) is a British Liberal Democrat politician and the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. Lord Dholakia is one of the most senior Asian politicians in Britain.
From 1976 he served as member of the Commission for Racial Equality and has been involved in the Sussex Police Authority, Police Complaints Authority and Howard League for Penal Reform. He is the current chair of Nacro, and also chairs its Race Issues Advisory Committee.
From 1997 to 2002 he served as a Liberal Democrat whip in the House, and from 2002 to 2004 he was the Home Affairs Spokesman.
He was elected President of the Liberal Democrats at the end of 1999 and served in the post from 2000 to 2004. In November 2004 he was elected joint Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. In 2010 he became the sole Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.
In 1994 he made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 2000 he was named 'Asian of the Year', and won the Pride of India Award in 2005. In November 2009 he was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) in the county of West Sussex since 1999.
Dholakia was appointed to the Privy Council (PC) in December 2010.
He has been married to Lady Dholakia, née Ann McLuskie, since 1967. They have two daughters and live in West Sussex. He is a Hindu.
- Lord Dholakia biography at the site of Liberal Democrats
- UK Hindu youths' quest to find roots Times of India - 26 July 2001
- "Expert Advisor: Lord Navnit Dholakia". Metropolitan Police Authority. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
|Party political offices|
|President of the Liberal Democrats