John Reid (MP)

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Secretary of State for Defence John Reid listens to a reporter's question during a press conference at the Pentagon Nov. 7, 2005.

John Reid, Baron Reid of Cardowan, PC (born 08 May 1947, Lanarkshire) is a Labour peer and the former MP for Airdrie and Shotts. He entered the House of Lords on 22 July 2010. [1]



Reid entered Parliament on 11 June 1987.

He was the Minister of Defence (1997-1998) and the Minister of Transport (1998-1999), as well as the Secretary of State for Scotland (1999-2001), Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2001-2002), leader of the House of Commons (2003), Secretary of State for Health (2003-2005), Secretary of State for Defence (2005-2006), and Secretary of State for The Home Office (2006-2007).[2]



In 2009, just months after Reid had been hired by G4S, the company won a huge contract from Reid's former employers, the Ministry of Defence, worth tens of millions of pounds, to supply private security guards for around 200 Ministry of Defence and military sites across Britain. G4S denied Reid playing any part in them securing the contract.[3]


  • Chairman,[4] Celtic Football Club ( Approved by ACOBA subject to "normal three-month wait and, for 12 months after leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the Government".[5] Stepped down in June 2011, citing the need for fresh talent to take over[6]
  • Consultant to G4S UK, a security company with government contracts, December 2008.[7] Approved by ACOBA who saw "no reason why he should not take it up forthwith"[8]
  • Visiting Professor and Director, Institute of Security and Resilience Studies University College London, November 2008. Approved by ACOBA who saw "no reason why he should not take it up forthwith"[8]
  • Director, John Reid Advisory Ltd (risk management; homeland security strategy); remuneration for the advisory services given by the Member to the Chertoff Group (strategic/security consultants), Westcoast Ltd, Crest Advisory (support to police and crime commissioners), and Glaysen Holdings Ltd (financial holdings) is paid to John Reid Advisory Ltd; any income from the Member's speaking engagements, articles etc listed under category 2 is also paid to John Reid Advisory Ltd[9]


See: The Corporate Capture of the NHS


  1. Lord Reid of Cardowan, TheyWorkForYou, accessed 28 March 2011
  2. Reid, John, Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP, accessed 28 November 2008.
  3. Matthew Hickley Security firm lands MoD job three months after John Reid joins as a consultant The Daily Mail, 14 March 2009, accessed 12 November 2014
  4. Kyle, Gregor, "John Reid Confirmed as New Chairman," Celtic FC, undated, accessed 28 November 2008.
  5. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments Ninth Report 2006-2008 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 6 November 2014
  6. Lord Reid to stand down as Celtic chairman BBC, 3 June 2011, accessed 6 November 2014
  7. Geoffrey Levy, Tony's cronies and snouts in the trough: How one-time Labour bigwigs are raking it in thanks to the private sector, 10th June 2011, accessed 14 June 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments Tenth Report 2008-2009 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 7 November 2014
  9. Lord Red of Cardowan Parliament.UK, accessed 9 January 2014