Philip Norton, Baron Norton of Louth

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The Lord Norton of Louth

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Official parliamentary photo of Lord Norton of Louth
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
1 August 1998
Personal details
Born
Philip Norton

(1951-03-05) 5 March 1951 (age 68)
Louth, Lincolnshire,
United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Sheffield
University of Pennsylvania
OccupationAcademic

Philip Norton, Baron Norton of Louth, FRSA (born 5 March 1951), is an English author, academic and Conservative peer. He has been described as "the United Kingdom's greatest living expert on Parliament" and "a world authority on constitutional issues".[1][2]

Education[edit]

Norton was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School in Louth.[3] He graduated from the University of Sheffield with the degree of Bachelor of Arts and later as a Doctor of Philosophy, and from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Arts.[4]

Career[edit]

Norton is a Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Hull, and was head of the Department from 2002 to 2007.[5] Since 1992 he has been the Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies.[6] Norton has been a member of the Hansard Society advisory council since 1997 and became Director of Studies in 2002.[5]

He was created a life peer with the title Baron Norton of Louth, of Louth in the County of Lincolnshire on 1 August 1998.[7][8] In 2000 he chaired a commission for Leader of the Opposition William Hague to design ideas for the strengthening of the institution of Parliament,[9] and from 2001 to 2004 he served as the chairman of the House of Lords Constitution Committee.[5]

In 2007 The Daily Telegraph named him the 59th most influential person on the right of British politics.[2]

Norton is a regular contributor to Lords of the Blog, a collaborative blog by members of the House of Lords for the purposes of public engagement. The Guardian has described him as "a new star of the blogosphere."[10] He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Lord Norton also has a personal blog in which he often cites some of the many evolving responsibilities he undertakes in political and academic circles. Currently for example, Norton is serving as co-chair of the Committee on Higher Education and continuing work with the Campaign for an Effective Second Chamber. Lord Norton has a Quiz on the Lords of the Blog and also often has Caption Competitions on his personal blog. The Norton View attracts some readership from around the world.[11][12]

Arms[edit]

Norton was granted a coat of arms in 1998 upon his accession to the peerage. [13]

Coat of arms of Philip Norton, Baron Norton of Louth
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Coronet
A Coronet of a Baron
Crest
A church tower argent with a spire azure set thereon a bee or the wings displayed argent veined azure.
Escutcheon
Paly of four argent and or issuing in base a pile throughout the sides embowed inwards azure over all three fleurs-de-lis those in chief azure and that in base per pale argent and or.
Supporters
On either side an owl azure armed or in the beak a quill the nib outwards argent spined or [14]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Dissension in the House of Commons 1974-1979, Oxford University Press, 1980, ISBN 978-0-19-827430-8
  • The Commons in Perspective, Longman, 1981, ISBN 978-0-582-28294-0
  • The Constitution in Flux, Martin Roberstson, 1982, ISBN 978-0-85520-521-8
  • The Political Science of British Politics, (with Jack Hayward) Wheatsheaf Books, Sussex, 1986, ISBN 0-7450-0367-2
  • The British Polity, Longman, 2000, ISBN 978-0-8013-1844-3
  • Parliament in British Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, ISBN 978-1-4039-0667-0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PSA Awards 2008". Political Studies Association. 15 May 2003. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b "The Right's 100 Most Influential: 75-51". The Daily Telegraph. 1 October 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  3. ^ "PHOTOS: Louth Grammar School presentation evening". Louth Leader. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Politics and social sciences" (PDF). University of Hull. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Advisory Council". Hansard Society. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Who's Who?". Hansard Society. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  7. ^ "No. 55217". The London Gazette. 6 August 1998. p. 8583.
  8. ^ "Person Page – 19166". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Strengthening Parliament" (PDF). Conservative Party. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 April 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  10. ^ Moss, Stephen (7 April 2008). "The new lords of the blog". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
  11. ^ "Juggling the diary – The Norton View".
  12. ^ "Welcome to readers overseas – The Norton View".
  13. ^ Norton, Lord (14 April 2010). "Coat of Arms".
  14. ^ Norton, Lord (1 May 2014). "The coat of arms".

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