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John William Gilbert, Baron Gilbert PC (born 5 April 1927) is a British Labour politician.

Gilbert was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, St John's College, Oxford, New York University.

He contested the Parliamentary seat of Ludlow in 1966 and a byelection in Dudley in 1968 before being elected for Dudley in 1970 and Dudley East in 1974 which he represented until 1997, when it became part of the new Dudley North constituency (which was held by a new Labour MP) and Gilbert retired from politics.

In the Labour governments of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan he was Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1974-1975), Minister for Transport (1975-1976), and Minister of State for Defence (1976-1979). As Minister for Transport he introduced the Bill to make the wearing of seat belts compulsory.

After his retirement from the House of Commons, he was created a Life peer as Baron Gilbert, of Dudley in the County of West Midlands and was Minister for Defence Procurement in Tony Blair's first government.

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Donald Williams
Member of Parliament for Dudley
1970February 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Dudley East
February 19741997
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Terence Higgins
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Robert Sheldon
Preceded by
Frederick Mulley
Minister for Transport
Succeeded by
Bill Rodgers
as Secretary of State for Transport


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