The Lord Norton of Louth
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
6 October 1998
5 March 1951
|Alma mater||University of Sheffield|
University of Pennsylvania
Philip Norton, Baron Norton of Louth, FAcSS FRHistS Hon LLD (born 5 March 1951), is an English author, academic and Conservative peer. He has been described as "the United Kingdom's greatest living expert on Parliament" and "a world authority on constitutional issues."
Norton was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School in Louth, where he now sits as a governor and Warden of the School. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with the degree of Bachelor of Arts and later as a Doctor of Philosophy, and, after winning a Thouron Award, from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Arts.
Norton is a Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Hull, and was head of the Department from 2002 to 2007. Norton's early work is notable for having spearheaded the academic discussion on dissidence in the House of Commons with the publication of his first book in 1975. He was made a professor at the university in 1986, making him the UK's youngest professor of politics at the time at the age of 36.
Since 1992 he has been the Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies. Since 1988, Norton has been responsible for the university's "Westminster-Hull Internship Programme" (WHIP), a placement scheme which pairs students with some of the UK's top politicians. Norton is the founder and editor of The Journal of Legislative Studies, most recently editing its 25th anniversary publication: The Impact of Legislatures: A Quarter-Century of The Journal of Legislative Studies. He has also been the Chair of the Conservative Academic Group since 2000. Lord Norton has also previously served as President of the British Politics Group in the USA, and the Politics Association.
He was created a life peer with the title Baron Norton of Louth, of Louth in the County of Lincolnshire on 1 August 1998. In 2000 he chaired a commission for Leader of the Opposition William Hague to design ideas for the strengthening of the institution of Parliament, and from 2001 to 2004 he served as the first Conservative chairman of the House of Lords Constitution Committee. Since 2013, Lord Norton has chaired the Higher Education Commission.
Norton has contributed to Lords of the Blog, a collaborative blog by members of the House of Lords for the purposes of public engagement. The Guardian has described him as "a new star of the blogosphere." He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1995 and the Royal Historical Society since 2018. Lord Norton also has a personal blog in which he often cites some of the many evolving responsibilities he undertakes in political and academic circles. For example, Norton has served as co-chair of the Committee on Higher Education since 2012. He is Convenor and co-founder of the Campaign for an Effective Second Chamber: a group which reinforces the utility of the House of Lords as a democratic institution. The campaign argues in favour of the experience and expertise of peers in delivering legislative amendments, scrutiny and effective debate, with recognition that such functions are, at present, fulfilled. The campaign disputes the creation of an elected House of Lords, due to the absence of basic accountability such a format would enable. Since 2020, Norton has served as the Chair of the The History of Parliament Trust and since 2019 has served as President of the Study of Parliament group. Lord Norton founded and organises the biennial Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, which draws scholars and parliamentarians from around the world.
Norton was granted a coat of arms in 1998 upon his accession to the peerage. 
- Philip Norton, Baron Norton of Louth
- Professor Philip Lord Norton of Louth
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, FRSA 1995
- Academy of Social Sciences, FAcSS 2001
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, FRHistS 2018
Honorary academic degrees
- Dissension in the House of Commons: Intra-party Dissent in the House of Commons' Division Lobbies, 1945-1974, Macmillan, 1975, ISBN 978-1-3490-2561-9
- Conservative Dissidents: Dissent within the Parliamentary Conservative Party, 1970-1974, Temple Smith, 1978, ISBN 978-0-8511-7163-0
- Dissension in the House of Commons 1974-1979, Oxford University Press, 1980, ISBN 978-0-19-827430-8
- The Commons in Perspective, Longman, 1981, ISBN 978-0-582-28294-0
- The Constitution in Flux, Martin Robertson, 1982, ISBN 978-0-85520-521-8
- The Political Science of British Politics, (with Jack Hayward) Wheatsheaf Books, 1986, ISBN 0-7450-0367-2
- Politics UK, (with Bill Jones) Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 1991 (1st ed.), 2018 (8th ed. with Bill Jones & Oliver Daddow), ISBN 978-1-1386-8508-6
- The British Polity, Longman, 2000 (1st ed.), 2010 (5th ed.), ISBN 978-0-8013-1844-3
- Parliament in British Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005 (1st ed.), 2013 (2nd ed.) ISBN 978-1-4039-0667-0
- The Voice of the Backbenchers: The 1922 Committee: The first 90 years, 1923-2013, Conservative History Group, 2013, ISBN 978-1-9051-1611-9
- Reform of the House of Lords, Manchester University Press, 2017, ISBN 978-1-5261-1923-0
- Governing Britain: Parliament, ministers and our ambiguous constitution, Manchester University Press, 2020, ISBN 978-1-5261-4545-1
- "PSA Awards 2008". Political Studies Association. 15 May 2003. Archived from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- "The Right's 100 Most Influential: 75-51". The Daily Telegraph. 1 October 2007. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- "PHOTOS: Louth Grammar School presentation evening". Louth Leader. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- "Governance - King Edward VI Grammar School". kevigs.org. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
- "Professor Philip Lord Norton of Louth". hull.ac.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
- "Who's Who?". Hansard Society. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- Norton, Lord (18 December 2013). "Celebrating 25 years of parliamentary placements". The Norton View. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
- "The Journal of Legislative Studies Editorial Board". tandfonline.com. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
- "Experience for Lord Norton of Louth - MPs and Lords - UK Parliament". members.parliament.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
- Norton, Lord (22 July 2016). "Freeman of the City of Kingston upon Hull". The Norton View. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
- "No. 55217". The London Gazette. 6 August 1998. p.��8583.
- "Person Page – 19166". thePeerage.com. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- "Strengthening Parliament" (PDF). Conservative Party. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 April 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- "Advisory Council". Hansard Society. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
- Moss, Stephen (7 April 2008). "The new lords of the blog". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2009.
- "Study of Parliament Group: About us". studyofparliament.org.uk. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
- "Workshop Organisation | Wroxton Workshop". Retrieved 2 April 2021.
- "Juggling the diary – The Norton View". 7 February 2013.
- "Welcome to readers overseas – The Norton View". 23 January 2013.
- Norton, Lord (14 April 2010). "Coat of Arms".
- Norton, Lord (1 May 2014). "The coat of arms".