Philip Norton, Baron Norton of Louth

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Norton of Louth
Official portrait of Lord Norton of Louth crop 2.jpg
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 67)
Louth, Lincolnshire,
United Kingdom
Political party Conservative
Alma mater University of Sheffield
University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Academic

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]


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]


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



  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. 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. 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". Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  9. ^ "Strengthening Parliament" (PDF). Conservative Party. Retrieved 2010-10-30. [permanent dead link]
  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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