Frank Judd, Baron Judd

Frank Ashcroft Judd, Baron Judd (born 28 March 1935) is a British Labour Party politician.

The Lord Judd
Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
21 February 1977  4 May 1979
Prime MinisterJames Callaghan
Preceded byDavid Owen
Succeeded byPeter Blaker
Minister for Overseas Development
In office
21 December 1976  21 February 1977
Prime MinisterJames Callaghan
Preceded byReginald Prentice
Succeeded byJudith Hart
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Overseas Development
In office
14 April 1976  21 December 1976
Prime MinisterJames Callaghan
Preceded byJohn Grant
Succeeded byJohn Tomlinson
Under-Secretary of State for the Navy
In office
8 March 1974  14 April 1976
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byAntony Buck
Succeeded byPatrick Duffy
Member of Parliament
for Portsmouth North
Portsmouth West (1966–1974)
In office
31 March 1966  3 May 1979
Preceded byTerence Clarke
Succeeded byPeter Griffiths
Personal details
Frank Ashcroft Judd

(1935-03-28) 28 March 1935
Political partyLabour
Alma materCity of London School
London School of Economics

Judd was educated at the City of London School and the London School of Economics. He became Secretary-General of the International Voluntary Service, a member of the executive committee of the National Peace Council and chairman of the UK National Youth Committee of Freedom from Hunger.

Judd became General Secretary of the International Voluntary Service in 1960 and is credited for overseeing a significant period of expansion for the organisation.[1] In 1966, Judd left his position at IVS to begin his career in politics.

Judd contested Sutton and Cheam in 1959 (where his mother Helen had been the Labour candidate in 1945) and Portsmouth West in 1964. He was Member of Parliament for Portsmouth West from 1966 to 1974, and after boundary changes, for Portsmouth North from 1974 to 1979, when he lost his seat to the Conservative Peter Griffiths.

Judd was a junior minister for the Royal Navy (1974–1976), Minister for Overseas Development (1976–1977), and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1977 to 1979. Director of Oxfam (1985–91), Judd was made a life peer on 10 June 1991 with the title Baron Judd, of Portsea in the County of Hampshire.[2] In the Lords he is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Lord Judd was member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly from 1970 to 1973 and again from 1997 to 2005, where he became rapporteur on Chechnya and visited Grozny several times.

Judd was interviewed in 2012 as part of The History of Parliament's oral history project.[3][4]


Lord Judd is a patron for the International Voluntary Service.


  1. Rodriguez, Philipp. "Frank Judd - Archives of Service Civil International". Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  2. "No. 52559". The London Gazette. 13 June 1991. p. 9093.
  3. "Oral history: JUDD, Frank (b.1935)". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  4. "Lord Judd interviewed by Rosa Gilbert". British Library Sound Archive. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Terence Clarke
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth West
1966February 1974
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Portsmouth North
February 19741979
Succeeded by
Peter Griffiths
Party political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Lester
Chairman of the Fabian Society
1973 – 1974
Succeeded by
Nicholas Bosanquet
Political offices
Preceded by
Reg Prentice
Minister for Overseas Development
Succeeded by
Judith Hart
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Marlesford
Baron Judd
Followed by
The Lord Hollick

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