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Thursday, 17 October, 2002, 09:12 GMT 10:12 UK
Norman Lamb
Norman Lamb

Date of birth

16 September 1957

Political profile

Norman Lamb first came to Parliament just after university when he worked as an assistant to Labour MP Greville Janner.

He went on to qualify as a solicitor and became one of the UK's leading experts in employment law.

His politics became Liberal and he was elected to Norwich City Council - he led the Lib Dem group until he stood down in 1991 in order to pursue his Westminster ambitions.

Mr Lamb stood unsuccessfully for Norfolk North in 1992 and 1997, after which he contemplated giving up.

However, he was persuaded to try again and unseated the Tory incumbent, deputy Conservative chairman David Prior in 2001.

In November 2001, he was appointed a junior spokesman on international development.

In December 2002 he was promoted to join the Liberal Democrat treasury team as one its spokespeople, with particular responsibility for issues relating to personal finance.

Among the issues he has raised so far in this role have been the Equitable Life saga, tobacco smuggling and the regulation of independent finance advisors.

He retains an interest in international development issues and in particular has been investigating companies involved in the exploitation of resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the sale of a British-made air traffic control system to Tanzania.

He is also committed to radical constitutional change, including greater democracy in the European Union, and reform of the House of Lords.

Contact

Constituency office: 01692 403752
normanlamb@hotmail.com

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