Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, Baron Bruce-Lockhart

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Alexander Bruce-Lockhart
Born 4 May 1942
Died 14 August 2008
Education Dragon School
Sedbergh
Royal Agricultural College
Occupation Politician
Spouse(s) Tess Pressland
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Parent(s) John Bruce Lockhart
Relatives R. H. Bruce Lockhart (paternal great-uncle)
John Bruce-Lockhart (paternal grandfather)
Logie Bruce Lockhart (paternal uncle)
Rab Bruce Lockhart (paternal uncle)
Dugald Bruce Lockhart (nephew)

Alexander John Bruce-Lockhart, Baron Bruce-Lockhart of the Weald, OBE (4 May 1942 – 14 August 2008), commonly known as Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, was a British Conservative politician and a senior figure in English local government. He was the leader of Kent County Council and then Chairman of the Local Government Association. He was succeeded by Simon Milton, ex-Leader of Westminster Council.

Early life[edit]

Bruce-Lockhart was born on 4 May 1942 into a Scottish family with close ties to the diplomatic service.[1] His father, John Bruce Lockhart, was deputy director of MI6 and a university administrator.[2] He was educated at the Dragon School, Sedbergh, and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

Career[edit]

He left the United Kingdom to work in the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), managing a large farm for a South African owner. After a period in Australia, he returned to live in Kent in 1968, where he had a dairy farm, then a 300-acre (1.2 km2) fruit farm, in Headcorn.

He became a county councillor for Maidstone Rural East in 1989 almost by accident. At the time he was chairman of a rail committee in the Weald of Kent preservation society, which had been protesting about what he then regarded as the destructive route of the Channel tunnel rail link. He became leader of the opposition Conservative group in 1993 and leader of the Council in 1997, retaining the post until 2005.[3] While leader of Kent County Council, Bruce-Lockhart became a controversial figure on the national political stage for his introduction of a local version of the recently repealed anti-gay Section 28 legislation. In July 2004, having been vice-chairman for two years, Lord Bruce-Lockhart succeeded Sir Jeremy Beecham to become Chairman of the Local Government Association, following the Conservatives becoming the largest political group in the Association as the result of the local elections in May.

He was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year's Honours List of December 2002, having previously been appointed OBE. On 11 April 2006, it was announced that he was to be elevated to the peerage, and on 9 June 2006 he was gazetted as Baron Bruce-Lockhart, of The Weald in the County of Kent. On 24 May 2007 it was announced that he had been appointed as Chair of English Heritage.[4]

On 17 June 2008, Lord Bruce-Lockhart was made an honorary Freeman of the City of Canterbury.[4] After a battle with cancer, he died in 2008, aged 66.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1966, Bruce-Lockhart married Tess Pressland, and they had two sons and a daughter.

Death[edit]

He died on 14 August 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Policy Review TV speaker profile
  2. ^ 'Memorial services: Mr John Bruce Lockhart' in The Times (London), 22 June 1995, p. 22
  3. ^ Sir Sandy quits as council leader
  4. ^ a b Lord Bruce-Lockhart to be new English Heritage Chairman
  5. ^ "Former KCC leader Sandy Bruce-Lockhart dies", Kent News, accessed 14 August 2008.
Preceded by
Sir Jeremy Beecham
Chair of the Local Government Association
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Sir Simon Milton
Preceded by
John Ovenden
Leader of Kent County Council
1997–2005
Succeeded by
Paul Carter