Lord Norton receives special recognition for political studies

November 21 2008

Professor Philip, Lord Norton of Louth from the University of Hull's Politics department is to receive a Special Recognition for Political Studies Award from the country's leading professional body in the field of political science, the Political Studies Association.

Lord Norton of Louth, professor of government in the University of HullHe was the unanimous choice of a jury of distinguished academics and journalists who met at Westminster earlier this year.

Professor the Lord Norton was appointed Professor of Government at the University of Hull in 1986, making him Britain's youngest professor of politics. The House magazine - the journal of both Houses of Parliament - has labelled him "our greatest living expert on parliament."

The Political Studies Association said: "Parliamentarians have enjoyed the benefit of Philip Norton's intellectual and practical contributions to the bolstering of parliament, since he was made Lord Norton of Louth in 1998. He has offered distinguished service as Chairman of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, chaired an Opposition commission on parliamentary procedure, and has been a person of influence and substance on all things parliamentary.

"Professor Norton's elevation to the Lords has not been at the expense of his academic duties. Legions of Hull Politics students testify to his extraordinary, selfless work in building a formidable department, which remains one of the strongest in the country."

Lord Norton commented "It is a true honour to receive this award. I am in the privileged position of being able to use my position in Westminster to enrich the experience of Politics students at the University of Hull. I established the Westminster Hull Internship Programme that enables students to spend a year with some of the most prominent MPs and the nature of the scheme means that is the only one its kind in the country.

"I look forward to continuing to make intellectual and practical contributions to Parliament and I am delighted to have been recognised for my work."

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Notes to Editors

Lord Norton will receive his award at the Political Studies Association Annual Lunch on 25 November.

About Professor Philip, Lord Norton of Louth

Lord Norton of Louth [Philip Norton] was appointed Professor of Government in 1986. In 1992 he also became Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies. In 1998 he was elevated to the peerage, as Lord Norton of Louth. From 2001 to 2004 he was Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. His research interests include:

  • British politics
  • The British parliament
  • The British constitution
  • The British Conservative Party
  • Comparative legislatures
  • US politics and government