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Jesse Norman
Hereford
Conservative writer and campaigner. MP for Hereford & South Herefordshire
Interests: Hereford Bulls
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By Laura Laker and Peter Walker for The Guardian Jesse Norman, the transport minister whose brief includes cycling, has only been in the job for six months but has already prompted controversy by insisting that cyclists follow the Highway Code, something criticised here on the Bike Blog. In his office... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Jesse Norman
By Liz Bates for The House Magazine For a politician whose brief includes road maintenance, Jesse Norman is a man with a surprisingly vivid imagination. The transport minister was one of the only senior political figures not to declare his Brexit position during the referendum campaign and, judging by his... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Jesse Norman
Political upheaval, a heavy burden of national debt, huge pressure on public spending, a major international rupture, religious conflict, bubbling popular unrest... The 1760s and 1770s were a tumultuous time in British history. These decades began in triumph with the conclusion of the Seven Years War in which Britain defeated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Jesse Norman
Speech at the Social Market Foundation entitled “The EU Court of Justice and the EU Charter: an independent view.” A copy of the speech can be downloaded here. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Jesse Norman
Ladies and Gentlemen, this week we have been celebrating Shakespeare in Parliament. It has been a strange experience to see his musicality and breadth of moral vision juxtaposed with the narrow foolishness and dreary ranting of so much current political debate. Shakespeare, almost more than anything, is a poet of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Jesse Norman
To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we asked several MPs to recite key speeches from his plays. In the first of the series, Jesse Norman MP reads Prospero from The Tempest Act IV Scene I. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Jesse Norman
In the bad old days at Stamford Bridge, it was not uncommon for Chelsea fans to be accosted with the dread question: “Oi! You ‘Arris or Wilkins?” To hear it was to experience the hideous certainty that any attempt to explore the relative merits of Ron “Chopper” Harris or Ray... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Jesse Norman
People sometimes forget that referendums are very different from general elections. In referendums there are no MPs, no political parties and no Prime Ministers (indirectly) to vote for. Their impact runs, not for five years, but for at least a generation. A bad decision cannot be improved only a few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Jesse Norman
Today the cross-party Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which I chair, publishes its first report on the BBC Charter Review. We have concluded that the BBC needs a radical overhaul of its governance arrangements; and that the Charter review process itself needs to be significantly improved. As George Orwell... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Jesse Norman
As a rule the policy of this column has been to focus on local issues. On the nitty-gritty of potholes, school funding and better public services in our gorgeous county. Not for it the commentator’s curse of lush and airy speculation about national or international events. And certainly not, ahem,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Jesse Norman
In 1982 Margaret Thatcher led a British delegation to Beijing to discuss the vexed question of Hong Kong. They were given second-rate accommodation, and most of the Chinese leadership deliberately stayed away from the British banquet at the Great Hall of the People. But matters really hit rock bottom back... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Jesse Norman
The proposed closure of No.1 Ledbury Road has featured heavily in these pages, and my in-tray has been filled with correspondence from local people who are concerned at the situation. Only last week the centre was temporarily closed at no notice due to staff illness, causing great distress to those... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Jesse Norman
It is an old political nostrum that power reveals. In the words of Francis Bacon: “All rising to great place is by a winding stair.” It is only once a leader is in the fullest possession of their authority that true political character emerges. The Prime Minister’s speech at party... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Jesse Norman
A few weeks ago I found myself driving up the M5, destination Warwick University. I was going to take part in a unique experiment: an extended discussion over several days about the future of engineering and tech education in this country. Those taking part included engineers, technology specialists and educators... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at Jesse Norman
By any measure, the Premier League has been a triumphant success. Over 20-odd years it has grown from nothing to an international sports behemoth with annual revenues in the billions. Its games are watched in households from Boston to Beijing. And yet there is something rotten in the state of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Jesse Norman
I have thrown my hat in the ring for Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee. The elections for committee chairs will be held tomorrow, and are voted on by all MPs. I am standing because I believe my independence of mind, personal experience, commitment to the brief... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Jesse Norman
As so often, it is Tony Hancock who put it best: “Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain?” Admittedly, for Hancock, Magna Carta is “that brave Hungarian peasant girl, who forced King John to sign the pledge at Runnymede and close the boozers at half... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Jesse Norman
Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire) (Con): It is a joy to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I join colleagues in congratulating my hon. Friend the new Minister for the brilliant start she has made in her role. I am particularly delighted because her appointment shows that in this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Jesse Norman
I congratulate all those who have given their maiden speeches in this Queen’s Speech debate today and on previous days. We have seen a galaxy of talent, and it has been a delight to listen to them. I feel like a thorn amid a garland of roses. I also take... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Jesse Norman
Of all our great national occasions, the State Opening of Parliament is one of the greatest. Black Rod processing from the House of Lords to summon the Commons to attend Her Majesty, the just-about-dignified walk for MPs back past TV cameras gaping like piranhas, and the waiting sea of ermine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Jesse Norman
Who shall guard the guards? Mark Carney has pledged that the Bank of England he leads will meet the highest standards of accountability and transparency in its role as regulator of the City of London. Yet there continues to be serious public disquiet about the thoroughness of an inquiry by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Jesse Norman
Even for a 200th anniversary you might expect a politician in the midst of a General Election to choose one of Trollope’s great political novels: Phineas Finn, perhaps, or Can You Forgive Her? Like them, my choice is a cracking read. But it has even greater contemporary relevance. The Way... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Jesse Norman
This is my last article here before the General Election on May 7th. Win or bust, it has been a privilege to serve the people of my constituency over the past five years. Thank you so much. When I was elected in 2010 I said I would be a strong... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Jesse Norman
Thanks to the great Eric Pickles, we learned last week that a ten-minute grace period on parking tickets will shortly become law. It’s a beautiful little policy: so simple, so decent, and such an easy way to improve people’s lives. And it carries with it a wider lesson. The media... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Jesse Norman