Longstanding Member of Parliament for North Norfolk, Norman Lamb, was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours for public and political service.
Norman Lamb is recognised as being the catalyst for changing the Government's re-prioritisation of mental health services and remains a national campaigner for mental health awareness. Working alongside Jeremy Hunt in the Department of Health, he ensured that parity of esteem between mental and physical health became a Government priority and that progress was made in
implementing it across the health service. Indeed, this work can be seen as leading the Government’s contribution in removing the stigma around ill mental health and has led to great cultural change across the UK.
Since leaving Government in 2015, he has continued to campaign for mental health awareness and provisions from the Opposition benches, acting as the Party’s Health Spokesman. Following his re-election in 2017, the Commons elected him to the Chairmanship of the Science and Technology Select Committee. In 2018, he was praised by Members across the Commons for his work in pursuing issues raised by campaigners in connection to the unexplained deaths at Gosport Memorial Hospital. This has led to widespread abuses being uncovered.
He was first elected to represent North Norfolk in 2001 and served the Liberal Democrats in a number of positions, notably on the Treasury Select Committee and as Health Spokesperson 2006-2010 and Chief of Staff to then Leader, Sir Ming Campbell. Norman served the coalition Government, first as PPS to Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and Assistant Whip, then as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs in BIS before moving to the Department of Health as Minister for Care and Support.
Norman Lamb MP said:
"I couldn't quite believe it. I am thrilled and honoured and very surprised!
I am actually aware that there are an awful lot of people who do amazing work and do not get any recognition or honour. I continue to admire them immensely, but when it happens to you, obviously it's special.
The citation produced by the Honours Secretariat particularly mentioned my mental health work - a cause that I am passionate about, and one which has affected my own family. These are the things that really motivate me. My passion remains fighting injustice and pursuing causes that I care a lot about, particularly the treatment of those with mental ill health and those with learning disability and autism."