Jesse Norman
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Official portrait, 2020
Minister of State for Transport
Assumed office
26 October 2022
Prime MinisterRishi Sunak
Preceded byLucy Frazer
In office
12 November 2018 – 23 May 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byJo Johnson
Succeeded byMichael Ellis
Minister of State for the Americas and the Overseas Territories
In office
7 September 2022 – 26 October 2022
Prime MinisterLiz Truss
Preceded byRehman Chishti
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
23 May 2019 – 16 September 2021
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byMel Stride
Succeeded byLucy Frazer
Paymaster General
In office
23 May 2019 – 24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byMel Stride
Succeeded byOliver Dowden
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
In office
15 June 2017 – 12 November 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byAndrew Jones
Succeeded byAndrew Jones
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry and Energy
In office
18 July 2016 – 14 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byRichard Harrington
Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee
In office
18 June 2015 – 18 July 2016
Preceded byJohn Whittingdale
Succeeded byDamian Collins
Member of Parliament
for Hereford and South Herefordshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byPaul Keetch
Majority19,686 (39.7%)
Personal details
Alexander Jesse Norman

(1962-06-23) 23 June 1962 (age 60)
London, England
Political partyConservative
(m. 1992)
RelationsSir Mark Norman, Bt (uncle)
Sir Torquil Norman (father)
EducationEton College
Alma materMerton College, Oxford
University College London
Academic background
ThesisVisual reasoning in Euclid's geometry : an epistemology of diagrams (2003)

Alexander Jesse Norman (born 23 June 1962) is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Minister of State in the Department for Transport.[1] He served as Minister of State for the Americas and the Overseas Territories from September to October 2022.[2][3] He served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 2019 to 2021 and has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hereford and South Herefordshire since 2010.[4][5]

Norman was a director of Barclays before leaving the City in 1997 to research and teach at University College London. Prior to that he ran an educational charity in Eastern Europe immediately following the Communist era.[6] Despite his unconventional past, Norman was identified by Bruce Anderson, formerly political editor of The Spectator, in January 2013 as a potential future Leader of the Conservative Party.[7]

Norman was first elected as the Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire at the 2010 general election, having been selected as his party's candidate by open primary in December 2006.[8] He chaired the Culture, Media and Sport Committee from 2015 to 2016. Following Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister in July 2016, Norman was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry and Energy. Norman was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport after the 2017 general election, before advancing to Minister of State at the same department in November 2018. In May 2019, Norman was appointed Paymaster General and Financial Secretary to the Treasury by May; he remained in the latter position under her successor, Boris Johnson, until he was sacked in September 2021.[9] In September 2022, he returned to government, having been appointed Minister of State for the Americas and the Overseas Territories by new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Early life and education

Norman is the son of Sir Torquil Norman and his wife Lady Elizabeth Montagu (daughter of the 10th Earl of Sandwich), the paternal grandson of Air Commodore Sir Nigel Norman, 2nd Bt, CBE, and the great-grandson of Sir Henry Norman, 1st Bt. He and his sons are therefore in remainder to the Norman baronetcy.[10][11]

Norman was educated at Eton College and Merton College, Oxford, graduating with a Second in Classics.



Norman pursued further studies at University College London, where he was appointed an Honorary Research Fellow in philosophy, before taking a PhD in 2003. He also lectured in philosophy at University College and Birkbeck.

His books include The Achievement of Michael Oakeshott (ed.), Breaking the Habits of a Lifetime and After Euclid. He is a Trustee of The Roundhouse, an arts venue and charity founded by his father, Sir Torquil Norman.[12] He serves on the boards of the Hay Festival, the Kindle Centre in Hereford[13] and the Friends of St Mary's Ross-on-Wye.


Norman worked for Barclays from 1991 to 1997.

Think tanks and writing

He was a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and writes regularly for the national press. His book Compassionate Conservatism (2006), co-written with Janan Ganesh, has been described as "the guidebook to Cameronism" by The Sunday Times. Its successor, Compassionate Economics, was favourably reviewed by Daniel Hannan.[14] His other policy publications include "Living for the City" (2006) and "From Here to Fraternity" (2007).

In 2007, Norman founded the Conservative Co-operative Movement. His later books include The Big Society: The Anatomy of the New Politics (2010), published by University of Buckingham Press, a biography of Edmund Burke, which was long-listed for the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction,[15] and Adam Smith: What He Thought, and Why It Matters (2018), published by Allen Lane.

Political career

At the 2006 local elections in Camden, Norman was one of the three Conservative candidates for Camden Town with Primrose Hill ward. However, he was unsuccessful, in what was a close contest between the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.[16]

Norman won the new seat of Hereford and South Herefordshire at the 2010 general election with a 5.1% majority over the Liberal Democrats, who had held the predecessor constituency. He was a member of the Treasury Select Committee from July 2010 to March 2015, is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership, founder of the PFI Rebate Campaign and founding member of the Campaign for an Effective Second Chamber which campaigns for the House of Lords to be appointed rather than elected.[17]

On 10 July 2012, Norman was identified as a ringleader of the rebellion over the House of Lords Reform package presented to the House of Commons.[18] On the vote being overturned, Government Whips suggested to David Cameron that before the debate "Norman had spread a rumour to rally rebels" the Prime Minister was in reality unenthusiastic about the reforms. Immediately after the intensive debate, culminating in a narrow Government defeat by Labour's rejection of the Lords Election proposals as tabled, Cameron is reported to have confronted Norman in the Members' Lobby telling him that such "conduct [misrepresenting Cameron to rally Lords Reform dissenters] was 'not honourable'";[19] Norman then withdrew in the direction of the Members' Bar but allegedly was immediately stopped and escorted from the Palace of Westminster by four Whips.[19] Despite assertions by the then-Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, a spokesman denied that there had been a heated argument, saying that Cameron had merely told Norman he had misrepresented his views.[19] Miliband, then also leader of the Labour Party, described the scene as "fisticuffs in the Lobby" at Prime Minister's Questions the following day.[20][21] Accounts of the severity of Cameron's words or gestures used vary (from the "Etonian Hairdryer") to no close finger-pointing at all and The Daily Telegraph wrote that cynics say this "public argument may have been staged" to try to prove to Liberal Democrats that Cameron shared their vision of Lords Reform.[19]

In 2013, Norman said that so many Old Etonians were in government positions because of Eton's "ethos" of public service that "other schools don't imbue the same commitment". Later on Twitter, Norman said his comments were "defending one institution, not attacking others".[22] Norman describes his educational background as following "an educational argument between my mother, who despised any form of privilege, and my father, who took the view that he had set up his own business, so he was entitled to spend money on his kids' education".[23]

Norman was sacked from Downing Street's Policy Board after rebelling against the Government again in opposition to military intervention in Syria.[24]

On 27 June 2014, just prior to the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker to the presidency of the European Commission, Norman gave his wholehearted support of Cameron's stance, as being "absolutely right ... in opposing Mr Juncker". He argued firstly that the EU constitution requires elected heads to choose its "President" and secondly that Juncker's manifesto fails to tackle what he (Norman) sees as the President's duty to address the unpopularity of EU mandates. He then asserted that democracy, for the British, involves legitimacy derived from the ballot box, whereas for some Europeans, it involves centralised bureaucracy.[25]

In September 2014 Norman raised the issue of rules concerning football club ownership in the House of Commons, alleging the then-Chairman of Hereford United had a criminal conviction,[26] in support of Supporters Trust's campaign to oust the Agombar régime at Hereford Utd FC. On 19 December 2014, the club was wound up in the High Court.[27]

Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee

On 19 June 2015, his election as Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee was announced.[28]

On 8 September 2015 at a hearing of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee convened to discuss recent allegation of blood doping in athletics, Norman said the following "When you hear the London Marathon, potentially the winners or medallists at the London Marathon, potentially British athletes are under suspicion for very high levels of blood doping... " thus seemingly using parliamentary privilege to implicate Paula Radcliffe as being involved, since she is the only British London Marathon winner since 1996. This prompted Radcliffe to respond with a statement denying any involvement in doping,[29] though Norman said it was not his intention to implicate any individual.[30]


Norman chose not to reveal publicly how he voted over the UK's continued membership of the European Union in the 2016 referendum saying only, "A referendum is not an act of representative government and I am not a minister, so my vote can properly be a private one."[31]

Other views

In 2017, Norman expressed support for fellow Old Etonian Jacob Rees-Mogg to lead the party.[32] Norman subsequently felt obliged to contact the newspaper concerned to say that his was a light-hearted response to a question in an interview about whether Rees-Mogg would make a good candidate and he was not backing him.[32]


In November 2019, he was appointed as a member of the Privy Council.[33]

Personal life

In 1992, Norman married Kate Bingham,[34] only daughter of The Lord Bingham of Cornhill, KG, the former Lord Chief Justice.[35] Bingham is known for leading the Johnson government's COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce. They have two sons and one daughter.[23][36]

Norman lists his recreations as "music, especially jazz and opera, hill-walking, sports, cinema". He is a member of Westfields Football Club.[4]

See also


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  7. ^ Anderson, Bruce (9 January 2013). "Could Jesse Norman be the next Tory leader?". The Spectator. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
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  10. ^ "Keeping it in the Family – House Of Commons Of The United Kingdom – Government Of The United Kingdom". Scribd.
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  17. ^ Murphy, Joe (21 June 2012). "Clegg's elected Lords plan 'would pay the wages of 15,000 nurses'". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  18. ^ "Furious David Cameron 'confronted' Jesse Norman". BBC News. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
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  20. ^ Hansard 11 July 2012 : Column 302
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  27. ^ Owens, Trevor (6 January 2015). "Hereford United: The end of the affair for the broken Bulls". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  28. ^ "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  29. ^ "Paula Radcliffe 'categorically denies' cheating". BBC News. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  30. ^ "MP denies implicating Paula Radcliffe in doping claims". BBC News. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  31. ^ Norman, Jesse (18 May 2016). "Jesse Norman: The ECJ, the EU Charter, the British Bill of Rights and the future of our liberties (transcript of speech)". Conservative Home. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  32. ^ a b "Hereford and South Herefordshire MP backs Jacob Rees-Mogg". Ross Gazette. 23 August 2017.
  33. ^ "Orders Approved and Business Transacted by the Privy Council Held by the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 6th November 2019" (PDF). The Privy Council Office.
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  35. ^ Mosley, Charles (2003). Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 107th edn. London: Burke's Peerage & Gentry Ltd. p. 376 (Bingham of Cornhill, LP). ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  36. ^ "Mr Justice". The Economist. 11 July 2012.