Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk, has been awarded the Patchwork Foundation ‘Other Party’ MP of the Year Award for 2016.
The Patchwork Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to engaging people from disadvantaged communities in British society through involvement in politics.
A long-standing supporter of the Patchwork Foundation, Norman was selected from a shortlist of MPs outside of the Tory and Labour ranks in recognition of his tireless campaign to end the discrimination faced by people with mental ill health.
Commenting after receiving the award, Norman said:
“It is a great pleasure to receive this award.
“I have enormous admiration for the Patchwork Foundation and the invaluable work they do. It’s massively important that we engage more people from under-represented groups in the political process, to ensure that their voices are heard and to ensure that Parliament works on behalf of those who are disadvantaged in society for one reason for another.
“I have a particular passion for fighting on behalf of those who suffer from mental ill health. I’ve come across so many people, in my work as minister and in my constituency work, who are disadvantaged by mental ill health and the way in which they are treated. There is a historic injustice we have to overcome – not just in the NHS, but in wider society.
“We are making progress, but there is still a long way to go. So I will continue to fight that incredibly important cause, and I am enormously grateful to the Patchwork Foundation for this award.”