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Norman Lamb MP

Norman Lamb’s first entry into politics was in the unlikely role of Parliamentary Assistant for a Labour MP in the early 1980′s. But following the launch of the SDP and the Alliance with the Liberal Party, Norman set about winning the seat of Nelson Ward on Norwich City Council.

After years of hard work for local residents, the Liberal Democrats ended up winning all three City Council seats in Nelson Ward together with the County Council seat – gained by Norman’s wife, Mary.

After quickly being spotted as a rising star of the Liberal Democrats, becoming leader of the opposition on Norwich City Council, Norman was encouraged to stand for Parliament. He first stood in North Norfolk in 1992 facing a Conservative majority of 15,310.

After reducing the majority in 1992 and 1997, he finally gained the seat in 2001.

Following his election to Parliament, in the autumn of 2001 Norman was appointed Lib Dem Deputy Spokesperson for International Development. In November 2002 he moved to become Shadow Treasury Minister in the party’s Treasury Team and in January 2003 he was elected to the influential Treasury Select Committee. In October 2003 he was appointed PPS to Charles Kennedy.

Following his re-election in 2005, Norman Lamb was promoted to the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet, with responsibility for Trade & Industry. In this role, Norman put forward radical proposals to save the post office network, establish a John Lewis style trust for employees of Royal Mail and bring in private investment to the company to help it compete effectively. In March 2006, Norman was appointed as Chief of Staff to the new Liberal Democrat Leader Ming Campbell. In December 2006 Norman became Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary.

After the 2010 General Election, Norman was appointed chief parliamentary and political advisor to Nick Clegg MP, the Deputy Prime Minister in the coalition government between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party. He was also appointed as an Assistant Government Whip.

On 3 February 2012, Norman Lamb was promoted to the role of Parliamentary Under- Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where his portfolio covered topics such as postal affairs, employment relations, consumer policy and consumer affairs, competition and social enterprise.

Norman Lamb was appointed to his current position of Minister of State at the Department of Health in September 2012. He has worked to improve care and support services and raise the profile of mental health. His current portfolio includes older people, dementia, adult social care, end of life care, mental health services and health matters relating to prison services.