John Donaldson

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John Donaldson, Lord Donaldson of Kingsbridge (1907-1998), was a Member of the House of Lords, initially on the Labour benches before joining the SDP and the Liberal Democrats.[1]

Northern Ireland

Donaldson served as an Under-Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office from 11 March 1974 to 14 April 1976.[2] Prison administration proved to be one of the most controversial parts of his brief.[3]


  1. Tam Dalyell, Obituary: Lord Donaldson of Kingsbridge, Independent 10 March 1998.
  2. David Butler and Gareth Butler, Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900-2000, Macmillan, 2000, p.37.
  3. W.D Flackes, & Sydney Elliott, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-88, Blackstaff Press, 1989, p.113.