Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, Baron Bruce-Lockhart
Alexander John Bruce-Lockhart, Baron Bruce-Lockhart, 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.
Bruce-Lockhart was born into a Scottish family with close ties to the diplomatic service. His father, John Bruce Lockhart, was deputy director of MI6 and a university administrator. He was educated at the Dragon School, Sedbergh, and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, and 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.
Bruce-Lockhart became a county councilor 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. 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became a controversial figure on the national political stage for his introduction of a local version of the recently repealed anti-gay Section 28 legislation.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.
Bruce-Lockhart 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.
In 1966 Bruce-Lockhart married Tess Pressland, and they had two sons and a daughter.
- R. H. Bruce Lockhart (1887–1970); great-uncle
- Logie Bruce Lockhart (1921–); uncle
- John Bruce-Lockhart (1889–1956); grandfather
- Rab Bruce Lockhart; uncle
- Dugald Bruce Lockhart nephew
- Policy Review TV speaker profile
- 'Memorial services: Mr John Bruce Lockhart' in The Times (London), 22 June 1995, p. 22
- Sir Sandy quits as council leader
- Lord Bruce-Lockhart to be new English Heritage Chairman
- "Former KCC leader Sandy Bruce-Lockhart dies", Kent News, accessed 14 August 2008.
Sir Jeremy Beecham
|Chair of the Local Government Association
Sir Simon Milton
|Leader of Kent County Council