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Thomas Galloway Dunlop Galbraith


(2nd Lord Strathclyde)

1960 -

Politician. Born in Glasgow in 1960, Strathclyde is the eldest son of the Sir Thomas Galbraith (1917-82), Member of Parliament for Hillhead in Glasgow and grandson of the 1st Lord Strathclyde (1891 - 1985). He was educated at Wellington College and the Universities of East Anglia and Aix-en-Provence. He worked for a time as an insurance broker in the City of London but entered the House of Lords on the death of his grandfather. He was appointed a Whip in 1988 and served as a Minister in various departments including the Scottish Office, the Department of Environment and the Department of Trade and Industry. He was appointed Chief Whip in 1994, a Privy Councillor in 1995 and Conservative Leader in the Lords in 1998. Following the reform of the Upper Chamber, Strathclyde was chosen as one of the hereditary peers to remain in the Lords. Awarded Peer of the Year by Channel 4 television in 2000, he was appointed Leader of the House of Lords in the Cameron administration in 2010, but resigned in 2013 to pursue a new career in business having spent 25 years on the front benches of the Lords.

When not in London, Strathclyde lives with his family on their estate at Barskimming (East Ayrshire).


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