Alastair Goodlad

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British High Commissioner to Australia
In office
1 January 2000 – 1 September 2005
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byAlex Allan
Succeeded byHelen Liddell
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
30 June 1997 – 1 June 1998
LeaderWilliam Hague
Preceded byClare Short
Succeeded byGary Streeter
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office
2 May 1997 – 30 June 1997
LeaderJohn Major
Preceded byAnn Taylor
Succeeded byGillian Shephard
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
20 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byRichard Ryder
Succeeded byNick Brown
Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
15 April 1992 – 20 July 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byThe Earl of Caithness
Succeeded byJeremy Hanley
Treasurer of the Household
In office
14 July 1990 – 15 April 1992
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded byTristan Garel-Jones
Succeeded byDavid Heathcoat-Amory
Comptroller of the Household
In office
25 July 1989 – 14 July 1990
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byTristan Garel-Jones
Succeeded bySir George Young
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy
In office
11 September 1984 – 13 June 1987
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byGiles Shaw
Succeeded byMichael Spicer
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
16 February 1982 – 10 September 1984
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
ChancellorGeoffrey Howe
Nigel Lawson
Assistant Government Whip
In office
9 January 1981 – 5 February 1982
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Chief WhipMichael Jopling
Member of Parliament
for Eddisbury
Northwich (1974–1983)
In office
28 February 1974 – 28 June 1999
Preceded byJohn Foster
Succeeded byStephen O'Brien
Personal details
Born (1943-07-04) 4 July 1943 (age 75)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Cecilia Hurst
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge

Alastair Robertson Goodlad, Baron Goodlad KCMG PC (born 4 July 1943)[1] is a British Conservative politician who served as the British High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 until 2005.

Early life[edit]

Goodlad attended Marlborough College and studied law at King's College, Cambridge.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Goodlad first stood for Parliament in 1970 when he contested Crewe, but was beaten by Labour's Scholefield Allen.

He was Member of Parliament successively for Northwich (1974–83) and Eddisbury (1983–99), Goodlad also served as a junior Foreign Office Minister then as Prime Minister John Major's Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip for which in the 1997 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG).[2] Following the 1997 election, he served in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and Opposition Chief Whip.

Membership of Lloyd's of London[edit]

Goodlad was an underwriting member of the Lloyd's of London insurance market, commencing in 1977 and ceasing in 1990. His membership coincided in the latter years with the rising tide of asbestos losses and his share is estimated to have been about £90,000.

High Commissioner to Australia[edit]

Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair then appointed Goodlad as High Commissioner to Australia. Goodlad accepted the office of Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds on 28 June 1999 to formally vacate his parliamentary seat,[3] triggering the 1999 Eddisbury by-election.

Goodlad took up office as High Commissioner in 2000. At the end of his term in 2005, he was replaced by former Secretary of State for Scotland, Helen Liddell.

House of Lords[edit]

On 19 July 2005, he was created a life peer as Baron Goodlad, of Lincoln in the County of Lincolnshire,[4] and was introduced in the House of Lords the following day.[5] He sits on the Conservative benches and was chairman of the Constitution Select Committee from 2008 to 2010.

In 2007, Goodlad was appointed Chairman of the Britain–Australia Society.

Family[edit]

Goodlad married Cecilia Hurst in 1968 and has two sons.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1943–1974: Mr Alastair Goodlad
  • 1974–1992: Mr Alastair Goodlad MP
  • 1992–1997: The Rt Hon. Alastair Goodlad MP
  • 1997–1999: The Rt Hon. Sir Alastair Goodlad KCMG MP
  • 1999–2000: The Rt Hon. Sir Alastair Goodlad KCMG
  • 2000–2005: His Excellency The Rt Hon. Sir Alastair Goodlad KCMG
  • 2005: His Excellency The Rt Hon. The Lord Goodlad KCMG PC
  • 2005–: The Rt Hon. The Lord Goodlad KCMG PC

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.leighrayment.com/peers/peersG2.htm
  2. ^ "No. 54850". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 August 1997. p. 8912.
  3. ^ "No. 55544". The London Gazette. 6 July 1999. p. 7313.
  4. ^ "No. 57710". The London Gazette. 22 July 2005. p. 9525.
  5. ^ House of Lords Minutes of Proceedings for Wednesday 20 July 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2012.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Foster
Member of Parliament
for Northwich

19741983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament
for Eddisbury

19831999
Succeeded by
Stephen O'Brien
Political offices
Preceded by
Tristan Garel-Jones
Comptroller of the Household
1989–1990
Succeeded by
Sir George Young
Treasurer of the Household
1990–1992
Succeeded by
David Heathcoat-Amory
Preceded by
Richard Ryder
Government Chief Whip in the Commons
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Nick Brown
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
1995–1997
Preceded by
Ann Taylor
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
1997
Succeeded by
Gillian Shephard
Preceded by
Clare Short
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Gary Streeter
Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Ryder
Conservative Chief Whip of the House of Commons
1995–1997
Succeeded by
James Arbuthnot
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Alex Allan
British High Commissioner to Australia
1999–2005
Succeeded by
Helen Liddell