Bryan Gould

Bryan Gould
Shadow Secretary of State for National Heritage
In office
18 July 1992  29 September 1992
Leader John Smith
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by Ann Clwyd
Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment
In office
2 November 1989  18 July 1992
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Jack Cunningham
Succeeded by Chris Smith
Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
In office
13 July 1987  2 November 1989
Leader Neil Kinnock
Preceded by John Smith
Succeeded by Gordon Brown
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
30 October 1986  13 July 1987
Leader Neil Kinnock
Succeeded by Gordon Brown
Member of Parliament
for Dagenham
In office
9 June 1983  17 May 1994
Preceded by John Parker
Succeeded by Judith Church
Member of Parliament
for Southampton Test
In office
10 October 1974  3 May 1979
Preceded by James Hill
Succeeded by James Hill
Personal details
Born Bryan Charles Gould
(1939-02-11) 11 February 1939
Hawera, New Zealand
Nationality Britain : New Zealand
Political party Labour
Relations George Gould (grandfather)
Wayne Gould (brother)
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford

Bryan Charles Gould, CNZM (born 11 February 1939 in Hawera, New Zealand[1]) is a former British politician. He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1974 to 1979, and again from 1983 to 1994. He was a member of the Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet from 1986 to 1994, and stood unsuccessfully for the leadership of the party in 1992.[2]

Gould currently holds a number of positions and in 2004 was made a director at TVNZ.[3]

Early life

Gould was a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, from 1962. After completing a degree in Law with first-class honours, he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1964. He then returned to Oxford as a tutorial Fellow in Law at Worcester College alongside Francis Reynolds.

Parliamentary career

Gould became Labour MP for Southampton Test in October 1974 and held the seat until 1979. He worked as a television journalist from 1979 to 1983, and was then elected as MP for Dagenham from 1983, holding the seat until he resigned on 17 May 1994.

Gould was a member of Neil Kinnock's Shadow Cabinet, serving first as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, then as spokesman on Trade and Industry, the Environment,[4] and later on Heritage. In 1992 he founded the Full Employment Forum. Later that year he was defeated in the leadership election to succeed Kinnock after the general election, which Labour lost to the Conservative Party for the fourth election in succession. John Smith won the leadership contest,[5] but Gould resigned from Smith's Shadow Cabinet on 27 September 1992 when the Shadow Cabinet rejected a referendum on the Maastricht Treaty and in protest against Labour's support for the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.[6] He resigned his parliamentary seat in May 1994 when he was about to return to New Zealand.

After Parliament

In July 1994 he returned to New Zealand and became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato, serving until his retirement in 2004. In this position Gould was instrumental in initiating The Great Race, a rowing race for Waikato University against international universities on the Waikato River. The Bryan Gould Cup for the women's eights race is named after him.[7]

Gould was awarded Companionship of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2003 for services to Education. In October 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Waikato. He is a board member of TVNZ.


Bryan Gould's brother is Wayne Gould, best known for popularising Sudoku. They are descendants of George Gould, a former chairman of the New Zealand Shipping Company.[8]


  1. Whitney, Craig R. (19 April 1992). "THE WORLD; The Labor Party Tries To Imagine a Future". The New York Times. p. 5. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  2. McSmith, Andy (1997). Faces of Labour: the inside story. Verso. pp. 15–. ISBN 978-1-85984-093-1. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  3. Whitney, Craig R. (15 April 1992). "Laborites to Wait Until July to Pick Leader". The New York Times. p. 7. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  4. "1992: Labour's Neil Kinnock resigns". BBC News. 13 April 1992.
  5. Philip Webster, ‘Gould quits over Labour EC policy’, The Times (28 September 1992), p. 1.
  6. "Great Race - The Trophies". The Great Race website. Retrieved 2011. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. Greenaway, Richard L. N. (June 2007). "Barbadoes Street Cemetery Tour" (PDF). Christchurch City Council. p. 4. Retrieved 15 April 2013.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Hill
Member of Parliament for Southampton Test
October 19741979
Succeeded by
James Hill
Preceded by
John Parker
Member of Parliament for Dagenham
Succeeded by
Judith Church
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nick Butler
Chair of the Fabian Society
1988 1989
Succeeded by
David Bean
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