|Sir Philip Goodhart|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland|
4 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||James Dunn|
|Succeeded by||David Mitchell|
|Member of Parliament
21 March 1957 – 9 April 1992
|Preceded by||Patrick Buchan-Hepburn|
|Succeeded by||Piers Merchant|
|Born||Philip Carter Goodhart
3 November 1925
|Died||5 July 2015(aged 89)|
|Children||7, including David|
Goodhart attended The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. He contested Consett in 1950 whilst still a student at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was elected Member of Parliament for Beckenham at a 1957 by-election, and served until his retirement in 1992. One of the unsuccessful candidates for the nomination in 1957 was the young Margaret Thatcher.
In his book Referendum (Tom Stacey Ltd, 1971) he argued that the referendum, then under discussion in the context of the UK joining the EEC, could in fact serve to entrench constitutional safeguards that the UK then - as now - lacked, quoting Arthur Balfour's contribution to the debate on the Parliament Bill (later the Parliament Act 1911): "In the referendum lies our hope of getting the sort of constitutional security which every other country but our own enjoys ..." (Referendum, p 205). He wrote the definitive account of the referendum campaign in 1975, Full-hearted Consent, and also The 1922: The Story of the 1922 Committee (with Ursula Branston; Macmillan, 1973). He was a junior Northern Ireland minister (1979–1981) and a junior Defence minister (1981). He was a member of the Founding Council of the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford.
In 1950, he married Valerie Forbes Winant, niece of John Gilbert Winant; they had seven children: Arthur, Sarah, David, Rachel, Harriet, Rebecca and Daniel. The couple lived in Whitebarn, Youlbury Woods. He died in 2015, aged 89. One of his children is David Goodhart, director of the Demos thinktank and journalist for the Prospect magazine.
- "Sir Philip Goodhart, politician - obituary". Telegraph.co.uk. 6 July 2015.
- Daily Telegraph: "Valerie Forbes Winant died peacefully on April 1st aged 88" retrieved 30 September 2015
- The Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Ltd, 1987
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Flade, Roland. The Lehmans: From Rimpar to the New World: A Family History, 2nd Enlarged Ed., 1999
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Philip Goodhart
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