Michael Lucas, 2nd Baron Lucas of Chilworth
Background and education
Lucas was the eldest son of George William Lucas, 1st Baron Lucas of Chilworth, a prominent figure in the motor trade industry and Labour politician, and his wife, the former Sonia Finkelstein, a scion of a family prominent in the Latvian fishing industry. He was educated at Peter Symonds College, Winchester, and at the Luton Technical College, where he studied motor engineering. He served with the Royal Tank Regiment after the Second World War and later joined the family car dealership.
In 1967 Lucas succeeded his father as second Baron Lucas of Chilworth and took his seat on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords. An active member of the House of Lords, he served on the Select Committee on Science and Technology from 1980 to 1983. The latter year he was appointed a Lord-in-Waiting (government whip in the House of Lords) in the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher, and then served as Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry between 1984 and 1987. He stepped down from the government after the 1987 general election, but continued to be active in the House of Lords. However, he was forced to leave Parliament after the House of Lords Act of 1999, when he narrowly failed to be elected as one of the ninety elected hereditary peers that were allowed to remain in the House of Lords. Apart from his political work, Lucas also served as President of the League of Safe Drivers from 1976 to 1980 and of the Institute of Traffic Management (later the Institute of Transport Administration) from 1980 to 1983.
Lord Lucas of Chilworth married, firstly, Anne-Marie, daughter of Ronald William Buck, in 1955. They had two sons and one daughter but were divorced in 1989. He married, secondly, Jill MacKean, in 1998. Lord Lucas of Chilworth died in November 2001, aged 75, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Simon.
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Daily Telegraph obituary
|Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
George William Lucas
|Baron Lucas of Chilworth
Simon William Lucas