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Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith, Baron Goldsmith of Richmond Park, PC (born 20 January 1975) is a British politician, life peer and journalist serving as Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment since 2022. A member of the Conservative Party, he was its candidate at the 2016 London mayoral election and was Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond Park from 2010 to 2016 and 2017 to 2019. Ideologically characterised as having liberal and libertarian views, he is known for his support for environmentalism and localism.

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The Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Official portrait, 2017
Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment[lower-alpha 1]
Assumed office
22 September 2022
Prime Minister
Preceded byAmanda Milling
Minister of State for the Pacific and the International Environment[lower-alpha 2][lower-alpha 3]
In office
13 July 2019  15 September 2022
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byDavid Rutley
Succeeded byThe Lord Benyon
Parliamentary offices
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed life peerage
13 January 2020
Member of Parliament
for Richmond Park
In office
8 June 2017  6 November 2019
Preceded bySarah Olney
Succeeded bySarah Olney
In office
6 May 2010  25 October 2016
Preceded bySusan Kramer
Succeeded bySarah Olney
Personal details
Frank Zacharias Robin Goldsmith

(1975-01-20) 20 January 1975 (age 48)
Chelsea, London, England
Political partyConservative (2005–2016; 2017–present)
Other political
Independent (2016–2017)
    (m. 1999; div. 2010)
      Alice Miranda Rothschild
      (m. 2013)
      WebsiteOfficial website

      Born in London into the Goldschmidt family, the son of billionaire businessman and financier Sir James Goldsmith, he was educated at Eton College and the Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies. In 1998, his uncle Edward Goldsmith made him editor of The Ecologist, a position he retained until 2007. Goldsmith was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Quality of Life Policy Group in 2005, co-authoring its report published in 2007. Goldsmith was placed on the Conservative A-List of potential candidates in 2006 and, in March 2007, was selected through an open primary to contest the constituency of Richmond Park against incumbent Liberal Democrat MP Susan Kramer. At the 2010 general election, he was elected to Parliament winning the seat with a majority of 4,091 votes.

      At the 2015 general election, Goldsmith was returned to the Commons with a majority of 23,015, an increase of almost 19,000 votes since 2010, against his nearest opponent. He was chosen as the Conservative candidate for the 2016 election for mayor of London, which he subsequently lost to Sadiq Khan of the Labour Party. Goldsmith announced his resignation as an MP following the government's decision in October 2016 to approve construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport. His resignation triggered a by-election in the Richmond Park constituency in which Goldsmith stood as an independent candidate. He was defeated by Sarah Olney of the Liberal Democrats with a majority of 1,872 votes. After Theresa May called the 2017 general election, Goldsmith was reselected as the Conservative Party candidate for Richmond Park and won with a narrow majority of 45 votes.

      Goldsmith was made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment and International Development on 27 July 2019 and was promoted to Minister of State with the right to attend Cabinet on 10 September 2019. He was defeated at the 2019 general election, again by Sarah Olney, with a majority of 7,766 votes. After the election, Boris Johnson awarded Goldsmith with a life peerage, making him a member of the House of Lords and allowing him to retain his ministerial position. On 13 February 2020, he acquired additional responsibility for the Pacific. After Liz Truss became Prime Minister in September 2022, Goldsmith became Minister of State for Asia, Energy, Climate and Environment, later being reappointed by Rishi Sunak with new responsibilities for overseas territories and the Commonwealth.