I never thought I would be a minister let alone this,” - North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb appointed to the Privy Council
11:49 21 July 2014
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North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said it was a “nice, unexpected surprise,” to become a member of the Privy Council.
Mr Lamb, who is Minister of State for Care and Support, will now be titled the Right Honourable Norman Lamb, after deputy prime minister Nick Clegg put him forward for the position.
Mr Lamb said Mr Clegg had contacted him last week and asked if he would like to be put forward.
“I confirmed I would and said I appreciated the recognition,” said Mr Lamb. “I never thought I would be a minister let alone this, so it is a nice, unexpected surprise.”
The Privy Council is one of the oldest parts of Government, which historically could be called on to advise the monarch.
Today it is mostly made up of Cabinet members and ministers, the church and the judiciary.
Typically, four members will attend each monthly meeting, at the discretion of the prime minister.
A spokesman for 10 Downing Street confirmed Mr Lamb’s appointment. He said: “The Privy Council is a wider body which is able to give advice to the Queen. Mr Lamb now forms part of the wider group that could be called upon.”
Appointment to the Privy Council is for life, but only ministers of the democratically elected Government of the day participate in its policy work.