Navnit Dholakia, Baron Dholakia

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Dholakia
Official portrait of Lord Dholakia crop 2.jpg
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords
Assumed office
24 November 2004
Serving with The Lord Wallace of Saltaire (2004–2010)
President of the Liberal Democrats
In office
1 January 2001 – 31 December 2004
Leader Charles Kennedy
Preceded by Diana Maddock
Succeeded by Simon Hughes
Personal details
Born (1937-03-04) 4 March 1937 (age 81)
Political party Liberal Democrats
Spouse(s) Ann McLuskie
Children 2

Navnit Dholakia, Baron Dholakia, OBE, PC, DL (born 4 March 1937) is a British Liberal Democrat politician and the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.


Educated in India and Tanzania, Dholakia came to Britain to study at Brighton Technical College. His first job as Medical Laboratory Technician at Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-by-Sea.

Political career[edit]

He became active in the Liberal party and was elected to Brighton Borough Council between 1961 and 1964.

From 1976 he served as member of the Commission for Racial Equality and has been involved in the Sussex Police Authority, Police Complaints Authority and Howard League for Penal Reform. He is the current chair of Nacro, and also chairs its Race Issues Advisory Committee.[1]

Dholakia was made a life peer as Baron Dholakia, of Waltham Brooks in the County of West Sussex, in 1997, and sat on the Liberal Democrat benches in the House of Lords.

From 1997 to 2002 he served as a Liberal Democrat whip in the House, and from 2002 to 2004 he was the Home Affairs Spokesman.

He was elected President of the Liberal Democrats at the end of 1999 and served in the post from 2000 to 2004. In November 2004 he was elected joint Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. In 2010 he became the sole Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.[2]

Dholakia is involved with a range of charities including being a Patron of the British branch of Child In Need India (CINI UK).[3]

In 1994 he made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 2000 he was named 'Asian of the Year', and won the Pride of India Award in 2005. In November 2009 he was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire. He was a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) in the county of West Sussex from 1999-2012.

Dholakia was appointed to the Privy Council (PC) in December 2010.

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Lady Dholakia, née Ann McLuskie, since 1967. They have two daughters and live in West Sussex. He is a Hindu of Gujarati origin.[4]



  1. ^ "Expert Advisor: Lord Navnit Dholakia". Metropolitan Police Authority. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 January 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Kasturi, Charu Sudan (August 25, 2014). "UK plays Gujarati card in wooing game". The Telegraph. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Diana Maddock
President of the Liberal Democrats
Succeeded by
Simon Hughes