The Lord Goodlad
Goodlad in 2018
British High Commissioner to Australia
In office
1 January 2000 – 1 September 2005
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byAlex Allan
Succeeded byHelen Liddell
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
20 July 1995 – 2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byRichard Ryder
Succeeded byNick Brown
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
30 June 1997 – 1 June 1998
LeaderWilliam Hague
Preceded byLynda Chalker
Succeeded byGary Streeter
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office
2 May 1997 – 30 June 1997
LeaderJohn Major
Preceded byAnn Taylor
Succeeded byGillian Shephard
Opposition Chief Whip of the House of Commons
In office
2 May 1997 – 23 June 1997
LeaderJohn Major
Preceded byDonald Dewar
Succeeded byJames Arbuthnot
Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
15 April 1992 – 20 July 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byThe Earl of Caithness
Succeeded byJeremy Hanley
Deputy Chief Government Whip
Treasurer of the Household
In office
14 July 1990 – 15 April 1992
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded byTristan Garel-Jones
Succeeded byDavid Heathcoat-Amory
Comptroller of the Household
In office
25 July 1989 – 14 July 1990
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byTristan Garel-Jones
Succeeded byGeorge Young
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy
In office
11 September 1984 – 13 June 1987
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byGiles Shaw
Succeeded byMichael Spicer
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
16 February 1982 – 10 September 1984
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byTony Newton
Succeeded byJohn Major
Assistant Government Whip
In office
9 January 1981 – 5 February 1982
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
20 July 2005
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Eddisbury
Northwich (1974–1983)
In office
28 February 1974 – 28 June 1999
Preceded byJohn Foster
Succeeded byStephen O'Brien
Personal details
Born (1943-07-04) 4 July 1943 (age 78)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Cecilia Hurst
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge

Alastair Robertson Goodlad, Baron Goodlad KCMG PC (born 4 July 1943) is a British politician who served as Chief Whip of the House of Commons from 1995 to 1997 and British High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 to 2005. A member of the Conservative Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Eddisbury, formerly Northwich, from February 1974 to 1999.

Early life

Born in 1943,[1] Goodlad attended Marlborough College and read 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.

Membership of Lloyd's of London

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.

Personal life

Goodlad married Cecilia Hurst in 1968 and has two sons.


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages – Peerages beginning with "G" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ "No. 54850". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 August 1997. p. 8912.
  3. ^ "No. 55544". The London Gazette. 6 July 1999. p. 7313.
  4. ^ "No. 57710". The London Gazette. 22 July 2005. p. 9525.
  5. ^ House of Lords Minutes of Proceedings for Wednesday 20 July 2005. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byJohn Foster Member of Parliamentfor Northwich 1974–1983 Constituency abolished New constituency Member of Parliamentfor Eddisbury 1983–1999 Succeeded byStephen O'Brien Political offices Preceded byTristan Garel-Jones Comptroller of the Household 1989–1990 Succeeded bySir George Young Treasurer of the Household 1990–1992 Succeeded byDavid Heathcoat-Amory Preceded byRichard Ryder Government Chief Whip in the Commons 1995–1997 Succeeded byNick Brown Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury 1995–1997 Preceded byAnn Taylor Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 1997 Succeeded byGillian Shephard Preceded byClare Short Shadow Secretary of State for International Development 1997–1998 Succeeded byGary Streeter Party political offices Preceded byRichard Ryder Conservative Chief Whip of the House of Commons 1995–1997 Succeeded byJames Arbuthnot Diplomatic posts Preceded byAlex Allan British High Commissioner to Australia 1999–2005 Succeeded byHelen Liddell Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom Preceded byThe Lord Soley GentlemenBaron Goodlad Followed byThe Lord Turnbull