Bryan Gould

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Bryan Gould

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Shadow Secretary of State for National Heritage
In office
18 July 1992 – 29 September 1992
LeaderJohn Smith
Preceded byOffice Created
Succeeded byAnn Clwyd
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
2 November 1989 – 18 July 1992
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Preceded byJack Cunningham
Succeeded byChris Smith
Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
In office
13 July 1987 – 2 November 1989
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Preceded byJohn Smith
Succeeded byGordon Brown
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
30 October 1986 – 13 July 1987
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Succeeded byGordon Brown
Member of Parliament
for Dagenham
In office
9 June 1983 – 17 May 1994
Preceded byJohn Parker
Succeeded byJudith Church
Member of Parliament
for Southampton Test
In office
10 October 1974 – 3 May 1979
Preceded byJames Hill
Succeeded byJames Hill
Personal details
Bryan Charles Gould

(1939-02-11) 11 February 1939 (age 80)
Hawera, New Zealand
NationalityBritain : New Zealand
Political partyLabour
RelationsGeorge Gould (grandfather)
Wayne Gould (brother)
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford

Bryan Charles Gould, CNZM (born 11 February 1939)[1] is a former British politician. He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1974 to 1979, and again from 1983 to 1994. He was a member of the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet from 1986 to 1992, and stood unsuccessfully for the leadership of the party in 1992.[2]

Gould returned to New Zealand and in 2004 was made a director at TVNZ.[3]

Early life[edit]

Gould was a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, from 1962. After completing a degree in Law with first-class honours, he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1964. He then returned to Oxford as a tutorial Fellow in Law at Worcester College alongside Francis Reynolds.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Having fought the seat unsuccessfully in February 1974, Gould was elected Labour MP for Southampton Test in October 1974 and held it until 1979. He worked as a television journalist from 1979 to 1983, and was then elected as MP for Dagenham from 1983, holding the seat until he resigned on 17 May 1994.

Gould was a member of Neil Kinnock's Shadow Cabinet, serving first as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, then as spokesman on Trade and Industry, the Environment,[4] and later on Heritage. In 1992 he founded the Full Employment Forum. Later that year he was defeated in the leadership election to succeed Kinnock after the general election, which Labour lost to the Conservative Party for the fourth election in succession. John Smith won the leadership contest,[5] but Gould resigned from Smith's Shadow Cabinet on 27 September 1992 when the Shadow Cabinet rejected a referendum on the Maastricht Treaty and in protest against Labour's support for the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.[6] He resigned his parliamentary seat in May 1994 when he was about to return to New Zealand.

After Parliament[edit]

In July 1994, Gould returned to New Zealand and became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato, serving until his retirement in 2004. In this position, Gould was instrumental in initiating The Great Race, a rowing race for Waikato University against international universities on the Waikato River. The Bryan Gould Cup for the women's eights race is named after him.[7]

Gould was awarded Companionship of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2003 for services to Education. In October 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Waikato. He is a board member of TVNZ.


Bryan Gould's brother is Wayne Gould, best known for popularising Sudoku. They are descendants of George Gould, a former chairman of the New Zealand Shipping Company.[8]


  1. ^ Whitney, Craig R (19 April 1992). "THE WORLD; The Labor Party Tries To Imagine a Future". New York Times. p. 5. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  2. ^ McSmith, Andy (1997). Faces of Labour: the inside story. Verso. pp. 15–. ISBN 978-1-85984-093-1. Retrieved 17 May 2011 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ About Bryan Gould
  4. ^ Whitney, Craig R. (15 April 1992). "Laborites to Wait Until July to Pick Leader". The New York Times. p. 7. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  5. ^ "1992: Labour's Neil Kinnock resigns". BBC News. 13 April 1992.
  6. ^ Philip Webster, ‘Gould quits over Labour EC policy’, The Times (28 September 1992), p. 1.
  7. ^ "Great Race - The Trophies". The Great Race. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  8. ^ Greenaway, Richard LN (June 2007). "Barbadoes Street Cemetery Tour" (PDF). Christchurch City Council. p. 4. Retrieved 15 April 2013.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Hill
Member of Parliament for Southampton Test
October 19741979
Succeeded by
James Hill
Preceded by
John Parker
Member of Parliament for Dagenham
Succeeded by
Judith Church
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nick Butler
Chair of the Fabian Society
1988 – 1989
Succeeded by
David Bean
Academic offices
Preceded by
Wilf Malcolm
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato
Succeeded by
Roy Crawford