Philip Norton, Baron Norton of Louth

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Norton of Louth
Professor Norton in the library of Wilberforce College, Hull (2016).
Member of the House of Lords
Assumed office
1 August 1998
Personal details
Born Philip Norton
(1951-03-05) 5 March 1951 (age 66)
Louth, Lincolnshire,
United Kingdom
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Sheffield
University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Academic

Philip Norton, Baron Norton of Louth (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]


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]


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]


Shield of arms granted in 1995

Norton was granted a coat of arms in 1995 upon his accession to the peerage. [13]



  1. ^ "PSA Awards 2008". Political Studies Association. 2003-05-15. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  2. ^ a b "The Right's 100 Most Influential: 75-51". The Daily Telegraph. 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  3. ^ "PHOTOS: Louth Grammar School presentation evening". Louth Leader. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  4. ^ "Politics and social sciences" (PDF). University of Hull. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  5. ^ a b c "Advisory Council". Hansard Society. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  6. ^ "Who's Who?". Hansard Society. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  7. ^ "No. 55217". The London Gazette. 6 August 1998. p. 8583. 
  8. ^ "Person Page – 19166". Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  9. ^ "Strengthening Parliament" (PDF). Conservative Party. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  10. ^ Moss, Stephen (2008-04-07). "The new lords of the blog". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  11. ^ "Juggling the diary – The Norton View". 
  12. ^ "Welcome to readers overseas – The Norton View". 
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