- Norman Fowler
The Right Honourable
The Lord Fowler
Shadow Home Secretary In office
2 June 1998 – 15 June 1999
Leader William Hague Preceded by Brian Mawhinney Succeeded by Ann Widdecombe Chairman of the Conservative Party In office
11 April 1992 – 15 July 1994
Leader John Major Preceded by Chris Patten Succeeded by Jeremy Hanley Minister without Portfolio In office
11 April 1992 – 15 July 1994
Prime Minister John Major Preceded by The Lord Young of Graffham Succeeded by Jeremy Hanley Secretary of State for Employment In office
13 June 1987 – 3 January 1990
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Preceded by David Young Succeeded by Michael Howard Secretary of State for Social Services In office
14 September 1981 – 13 June 1987
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Preceded by Patrick Jenkin Succeeded by John Moore Secretary of State for Transport In office
5 January 1981 – 14 September 1981
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Preceded by Himself (Minister of State) Succeeded by David Howell Minister of State for Transport In office
4 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Preceded by Bill Rodgers Succeeded by Himself (Secretary of State) Member of Parliament
for Sutton Coldfield
28 February 1974 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Geoffrey Lloyd Succeeded by Andrew Mitchell Member of Parliament
for Nottingham South
18 June 1970 – 28 February 1974
Preceded by George Perry Succeeded by Constituency Abolished Personal details Born 2 February 1938
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Political party Conservative Alma mater Trinity Hall, Cambridge
He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford, in the county of Essex; after which he did National Service as a Second Lieutenant in the Essex Regiment. Whilst studying at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, he was Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association in Michaelmas 1960, in which term he entertained both the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and Home Secretary (and de facto Deputy Prime Minister, although he did not hold the title until 1962) Rab Butler. He then became a journalist, and worked on The Times.
Member of Parliament
During the mid 1970s Fowler was shadow Minister of Transport. In April 1976 he was photographed outside the Palace of Westminster having just taken delivery of his third four cylinder MG MGB GT, having reportedly rejected the idea of buying a V8 version on account of the cost. At a time when a recently promoted Minister of Transport had imputed ownership of the family car to his wife, apparently on grounds of political correctness, former journalist Fowler's acknowledgment of his choice of a sports car provided an interesting contrast.
As Secretary of State for Health and Social Security in 1986, Fowler implemented the first official drive to educate the British public to the dangers of AIDS. Edwina Currie (Health) and John Major (Social Security) both served under him as junior ministers.
Backbenches, retirement and Shadow Cabinet
Fowler later resigned from the cabinet as Employment Secretary in January 1990, becoming the first politician to cite "to spend more time with my (his) family" as his reasoning. Although it was the truth in Fowler's case, the expression later became a smokescreen for politicians who had quit high-profile roles for slightly more dark or controversial reasons.
Having spent more time with his family, Fowler then returned twice to the Conservative front bench, first as Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1992 to 1994, during which time he oversaw the Boundary Changes in the early 1990s, then as Shadow Environment, Transport & the Regions Secretary in 1997 to 1998 and Shadow Home Secretary in 1998 to 1999.
His book, A Political Suicide (Politico's Publishing ISBN 978-1-84275-227-2), was published in 2008 and it was shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book of the Year Award.
Work in industry
He has been deeply involved in industry, having been on the board of directors of several companies. Until 24 October 2007, he was Non-Executive Chairman of Aggregate Industries plc. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists.
News International phone hacking scandal
The Conservative peer had demanded an independent inquiry into the phone hacking inquiry on 7 July 2011. He was also chairman of the Birmingham Post newspapers for five years. He said that the UK was faced by "one of the biggest scandals affecting the press in living memory".
- ^ a b  London Gazette: . 6 July 2001.
- ^ "News: An MG for Shadow Minister". Autocar 144 (nbr 4146): pages 27. date 24 April 1976.
- ^ "Seat belt law introduction recalled by Lord Fowler". BBC News. 2011-05-21. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13461459. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- ^ "RoSPA History - How Belting Up Became Law". Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. http://www.rospa.com/about/history/seatbelt-history.aspx. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
- ^ Norman Fowler (2008-07-05). "Family first". Guardian Unlimited. http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/jul/05/familyandrelationships. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
- ^ Michael White (2003-02-21). "Europe should appoint Aids envoy, peer says". Guardian Unlimited. http://politics.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,9174,899971,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- ^ http://www.londonfreelance.org/fl/0005foi.html?i=flolder&d=2000_05
- ^ "Former Sutton Coldfield MP Lord Fowler demands independent phone hacking inquiry". Blogs.birminghampost.net. http://blogs.birminghampost.net/news/2011/07/former-sutton-coldfield-mp.html. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Norman Fowler
- "Europe should appoint Aids envoy, peer says" - a Guardian article by Michael White, dated 21 February 2003
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Nottingham South
Constituency abolished Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield
Political offices Preceded by
as Secretary of State for Transport
Minister of State for Transport
as Secretary of State for Transport
as Minister of State for Transport
Secretary of State for Transport
Secretary of State for Social Services
The Lord Young of Graffham
Secretary of State for Employment
Minister without Portfolio
Shadow Home Secretary
Party political offices Preceded by
Chairman of the Conservative Party
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