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The Rt Hon The Lord (Norman) Fowler


The Rt Hon Lord Norman Fowler
Economics and Law
Fellow type
Honorary Fellow

Honorary Fellow, Alumnus 1958 Economics and Law


Lord Fowler has been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Hull and the City of Birmingham University and has recently been elected an honorary Master of the Inner Temple. He is Patron of the British HIV Consultants Association and has been a board member of the National Aids Trust and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

He married Fiona in 1979, and has two daughters, Kate and Isobel, and step son Oliver.

An outline of his career may be found below.

1951-56  King Edward V1 Grammar School , Chelmsford

1956-58 National Service Second Lieutenant , Essex Regiment , Germany

1958-61 Trinity Hall, Chairman Cambridge University Conservative Association

1961-70 Special Correspondent and then Home Affairs Correspondent , The Times

1970 Elected Conservative MP for Nottingham South

1974 Following redistribution elected MP for Sutton Coldfield

1976 Member of Margaret Thatcher’s first shadow cabinet

1979-81 Minister of Transport in Cabinet and then Secretary of State

1981- 87 Secretary of State for Health and Social Security; led public health campaign on Aids

1987 Secretary of State for Employment; resigned from Government 1990

1990 Chairman of Birmingham Post Group of newspapers and other non executive roles

1992 Travelling adviser to John Major for General Election

1992-94 Chairman of the Conservative Party

1995 Chairman Yorkshire Post Group of newspapers and other non executive roles

1997- 1999 Member of William Hague’s Shadow Cabinet; Shadow Home Secretary

2001 Appointed to House of Lords

2003 Chairman of first Select Committee on Communications

2009 Chairman of Select Committee on HIV/Aids

2016 Elected Lord Speaker of House of Lords