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Alastair Goodlad
Alastair Goodlad

Alastair Robertson Goodlad, Baron Goodlad KCMG PC (born 4 July 1943)[1] is a British Conservative politician who served as the British High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 until 2005.

Early life

Goodlad attended Marlborough College and studied law at King's College, Cambridge.

Parliamentary career

Goodlad first stood for Parliament in 1970 when he contested Crewe, but was beaten by Labour's Scholefield Allen.

He was Member of Parliament successively for Northwich (1974–83) and Eddisbury (1983–99), Goodlad also served as a junior Foreign Office Minister then as Prime Minister John Major's Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip for which in the 1997 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG).[2] Following the 1997 election, he served in the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and Opposition Chief Whip.

Goodlad was an underwriting member of the Lloyd's of London insurance market, commencing in 1977 and ceasing in 1990. His membership coincided in the latter years with the rising tide of asbestos losses and his share is estimated to have been about £90,000.

High Commissioner to Australia

Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair then appointed Goodlad as High Commissioner to Australia. Goodlad accepted the office of Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds on 28 June 1999 to formally vacate his parliamentary seat,[3] triggering the 1999 Eddisbury by-election.

Goodlad took up office as High Commissioner in 2000. At the end of his term in 2005, he was replaced by former Secretary of State for Scotland, Helen Liddell.

House of Lords

On 19 July 2005, he was created a life peer as Baron Goodlad, of Lincoln in the County of Lincolnshire,[4] and was introduced in the House of Lords the following day.[5] He sits on the Conservative benches and was chairman of the Constitution Select Committee from 2008 to 2010.

In 2007, Goodlad was appointed Chairman of the Britain–Australia Society.


Goodlad married Cecilia Hurst in 1968 and has two sons.

Styles of address

  • 1943–1974: Mr Alastair Goodlad
  • 1974–1992: Mr Alastair Goodlad MP
  • 1992–1997: The Rt Hon. Alastair Goodlad MP
  • 1997–1999: The Rt Hon. Sir Alastair Goodlad KCMG MP
  • 1999–2000: The Rt Hon. Sir Alastair Goodlad KCMG
  • 2000–2005: His Excellency The Rt Hon. Sir Alastair Goodlad KCMG
  • 2005: His Excellency The Rt Hon. The Lord Goodlad KCMG PC
  • 2005–: The Rt Hon. The Lord Goodlad KCMG PC
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