Jack Donaldson, Baron Donaldson of Kingsbridge

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John George Stuart Donaldson, Baron Donaldson of Kingsbridge, OBE (9 October 1907 – 8 March 1998) was a British politician and public servant. He married Frances Lonsdale in 1935. He was a soldier, farmer, prison reformer, approved school manager,[1] consumers' champion and was appointed by James Callaghan as Minister for the Arts from 1976 to 1979. Before his appointment as Arts Minister, Lord Donaldson served for several years as a Minister of State in the Northern Ireland Office at Stormont.[2] He left the Labour Party for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981, and remained with the Liberal Democrats after the SDP merger with the Liberals.

Donaldson was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1939 and served throughout the Second World War, reaching the rank of lieutenant-colonel and being appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1943.

He was created a life peer as Baron Donaldson of Kingsbridge, of Kingsbridge in the County of Buckinghamshire on 20 November 1967.

From 1968 to 1971 he was Chairman of the National Consumer Council.

Portraits of Jack Donaldson[edit]

The United Kingdom's National Portrait Gallery holds the following portrait featuring Lord Donaldson of Kingsbridge as a sitter: Exhibit number P528: John George Stuart Donaldson, Baron Donaldson of Kingsbridge and Frances Annesley (née Lonsdale), Lady Donaldson of Kingsbridge by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda. Painted in 1992; medium: colour print; measurements: 14 7/8 in. x 12 in. (379 mm x 305 mm). See http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/portrait.asp?search=ap&npgno=P528 for more information.



  1. ^ Hansard, House of Lords, Vol. 302, Col. 1159, 19 June 1969
  2. ^ Kelly's handbook to the titled, landed and official classes - Kelly's - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-03-08 – via Google Books. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh Jenkins
Minister for the Arts
Succeeded by
Norman St John-Stevas