Norman Lamb

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Norman Lamb
MP
Norman Lamb, September 2009 1 cropped.jpg
Minister of State for Care and Support
Incumbent
Assumed office
4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Paul Burstow
Minister of State for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs
In office
3 February 2012 – 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Ed Davey
Succeeded by Jo Swinson
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister
In office
12 May 2010 – 3 February 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Paul Clark [a]
Succeeded by Jo Swinson
Assistant Government Whip
In office
12 May 2010 – 3 February 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Lyn Brown
Succeeded by Jenny Willott
Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Health
In office
18 December 2006 – 12 May 2010
Leader Menzies Campbell

Nick Clegg

Preceded by Steve Webb
Succeeded by John Pugh and Baroness Jolly
as Co-chairs of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Health and Social Care
Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
In office
16 May 2005 – 3 March 2006
Leader Charles Kennedy
Menzies Campbell
Preceded by Malcolm Bruce
Succeeded by Edward Davey
Member of Parliament
for North Norfolk
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by David Prior
Majority 11,626 (23.4%)
Personal details
Born (1957-09-16) 16 September 1957 (age 56)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Spouse(s) Mary Lamb
Children 2 sons
Alma mater University of Leicester
Occupation Politician
Profession Solicitor, author
Website Official website
a. ^ Office vacant from 27 June 2007 to 12 May 2010.

Norman Peter Lamb (born 16 September 1957) is a British Liberal Democrat politician, and Minister of State for Care and Support. He was formerly Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

He is the Member of Parliament for North Norfolk.

Early life[edit]

Lamb was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, the son of climatologist Professor Hubert Lamb. He went to Wymondham College, then the University of Leicester, getting an LLB.

Employment lawyer[edit]

After graduating from the University of Leicester, Lamb worked as a solicitor. He began to specialise in employment law whilst working for Steele and Co Solicitors (now called Steeles Law). In 1998 he wrote a book, Remedies in the Employment Tribunal: Damages for Discrimination and Unfair Dismissal, but any chances of a follow up or update to this book were put aside when Lamb was elected to Parliament in June 2001.

Political career[edit]

Lamb worked for a year for Labour MP Greville Janner in the early 1980s, working as a researcher. A meeting with Shirley Williams in Parliament at this time, shortly after the formation in 1981 of the SDP-Liberal Alliance, spurred Lamb into front line active politics and he was elected to Norwich City Council where he led the Lib Dem group until he stood down in 1991 in order to pursue his Westminster ambitions.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Having first stood for election in North Norfolk in 1992, when he dented the Conservative majority, he came close to a major shock in the 1997 general election when he reduced a Conservative majority of more than 10,000 to only 1,293 votes. He was finally elected in 2001, at the third attempt, narrowly defeating the incumbent Conservative MP David Prior by 483 votes. He was re-elected in 2005 with a massively increased majority of 10,606, despite an effort by the Conservatives and their candidate Iain Dale to unseat him in what had been one of their top target seats. He was re-elected for a second time in 2010 with a majority of 11,626.

Norman Lamb's first appointment after being elected was as a Lib Dem spokesman on International Development. Soon after this, he was picked out by then Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy to act as his Parliamentary Private Secretary. After the 2005 general election, he was promoted and appointed Liberal Democrat Trade spokesman (2005–2006), securing the endorsement of the Liberal Democrat Spring 2006 Conference for a policy to part-privatise the Royal Mail, and to use the proceeds to invest in a publicly owned Post Office network. In March 2006, he moved to the post of Chief of Staff to the newly elected leader, Sir Menzies Campbell. In December 2006, he became the party's Health spokesman and was succeeded by Ed Davey as Campbell's Chief of Staff. In 2009 he took up the case of an LBC broadcast by Jeni Barnett in which she cast doubt on the safety of the MMR vaccine, tabling an Early Day Motion criticising those involved.[1]

At the 2010 General Election, Lamb won a third term as North Norfolk's MP. Lamb secured yet an even larger majority both in percentage terms and in absolute votes. Following the formation of the Cameron Ministry in May 2010, Lamb was appointed a parliamentary private secretary to Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nick Clegg.[2]

On 3 February 2012, Norman Lamb was promoted to the role of junior minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills after Ed Davey was appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change following the resignation of Chris Huhne consequent on his prosecution for perverting the course of justice.

Personal life[edit]

He married Mary in 1984, and they have two sons. They live in Norwich. Their son Archie Lamb is co-founder of the independent record label Takeover Entertainment which promotes Tinchy Stryder.[3] His younger son, Ned Lamb, currently works for ITV.[citation needed]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Prior
Member of Parliament for North Norfolk
2001–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Steve Webb
Liberal Democrat Health Spokesman
18 December 2006 – 12 May 2010
Succeeded by
John Pugh and Baroness Jolly
as Co-chairs of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Health and Social Care
Preceded by
Malcolm Bruce
Liberal Democrat Trade and Industry Spokesman
16 May 2005 – 3 March 2006
Succeeded by
Ed Davey
Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Davey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs
3 February 2012–
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Position established
Chief Parliamentary and Political Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister
12 May 2010 – 3 February 2012
Succeeded by
Vacant
Preceded by
Lyn Brown
Assistant Government Whip
12 May 2010 – 3 February 2012
Succeeded by
Jenny Willott
Preceded by
Office not in use
last held by Paul Clark on 27 June 2007
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister
12 May 2010 – 3 February 2012
Succeeded by
Jo Swinson