In this lecture delivered by The Rt Hon Lord Norman Fowler he will share his experience as being a member of the House of Lords and the challenges it has faced both past and present.
6pm Arrival refreshments
The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It is independent from, and complements the work of, the elected House of Commons. The Lords shares the task of making and shaping laws and checking and challenging the work of the Government. Lord Fowler was elected as Lord Speaker in 2016 and will speak about his unique role and the wider work of the House. He will also offer some personal reflections on some of the challenges facing the House of Lords and how these are being met.
Norman Fowler was educated at Cambridge and spent eight years as a journalist on the staff of the Times. He entered Parliament in 1970 and was appointed to Margaret Thatcher’s Shadow Cabinet in 1975. When the Conservative Government was elected in 1979 he was made Secretary of State for Transport. In 1981 he was appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Security which was a post he held for the next six years. In 1987 he was made Secretary of State for Employment and left the Government in 1990. Later, between 1992 and 1994, he was chairman of the Conservative Party and between 1997 and 1999 he was Shadow Home Secretary in William Hague’s shadow cabinet.
He remained in the House of Commons until 2001 when he was appointed to the House of Lords. From 2004 to 2010 he was chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications and from 2010-2012 he was chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on HIV and AIDS in the UK. In June 2016 he was elected to the office of Lord Speaker.
Norman Fowler has a long standing interest in health policy and in HIV/AIDS. He is patron of the British HIV Association of Clinicians and in 2014 published the book AIDS: Don’t Die of Prejudice, which assesses the negative impact of stigma on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention around the world. He is married with two daughters and a step-son and lives in London.