Talks & Lectures: Jesse Norman MP Visits CLC

As seen in Pegasus Pages (March 2013) and the Gloucestershire Echo, 13th April, 2013.

By Niamh Hanrahan

On Friday 1st March, the Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, Jesse Norman, came to College to give a talk on the Big Society and New Conservatism. Jesse Norman is part of the Treasury Select Committee and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership – a rising star within the Conservative Party, and a possible future Prime Minister.

He began his talk by explaining the inner workings of the House of Commons, describing it as a “zoo” but also a place of awe, as some of the greatest British politicians of all time once stood in the same place as MPs do today. Mr Norman talked about his “maiden speech” in Parliament, and then went on to describe various bills (such as the House of Lords Bill and the Justice and Security Bill) which he has opposed, showing how MPs within Parliament can effectively scrutinise the Government. He said that it was a great dilemma of Parliament that young politicians, although eager, did not have the knowledge and understanding of the world or of politics to be able to do the job as effectively as someone who had had that experience.

Mr Norman described how, to be a successful politician, one must immerse oneself in every area – not just specialise in one – and that this breadth was the real joy of politics, as well as the constituency casework which was a “privilege”.

Jesse Norman faced some challenging questions when the floor was opened for debate, on everything from the recent Eastleigh by-election result to whether Margaret Thatcher would have embraced the Big Society. He answered all with humour and insight, and from a politics student’s perspective, his answers (especially in regards to the workings of Select Committees) provided another layer to the detail already learnt in lessons.


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