Rodney Elton, 2nd Baron Elton

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Rodney Elton, 2nd Baron Elton (born 2 March 1930) is a British politician and Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Lord Elton was educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford. The son of Godfrey Elton, 1st Baron Elton, Lord Elton succeeded to the peerage on his father's death in 1973. On the formation of a Conservative government after the 1979 general election, Lord Elton was made a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office. In 1981 he was moved to the Department of Health and Social Security and in 1982 to the Home Office. In 1984 he was promoted to Minister of State within the Home Office. In 1985, Lord Elton joined the Department of Environment, again as a Minister of State, but left the government the following year.

With the passage of the House of Lords Act 1999, Lord Elton along with almost all other hereditary peers lost his automatic right to sit in the House of Lords. He was however elected as one of the ninety elected hereditary peers to remain in the House of Lords pending completion of House of Lords reform.

Lord Elton was a candidate to become Lord Speaker in the elections that took place at the end of June 2006, but he was defeated, with Helene Hayman ultimately winning.

Lord Elton is married to (Susan) Richenda (née Gurney) (b. 1937), a current Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II [1] and, a descendant of Sir Lancelot Douglas Carnegie.


  1. ^ "Ladies in Waiting and Equerries". Official website of the Royal Family. 
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Godfrey Elton
Baron Elton