I never thought I would be a minister let alone this,” - North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb appointed to the Privy Council

PUBLISHED: 11:49 21 July 2014

MP Norman Lamb. Picture: Matthew Usher.

MP Norman Lamb. Picture: Matthew Usher.

© Archant Norfolk 2014

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.


  • We never thought you would be a minister either Lambikins.

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    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • One more step to becoming a fully fledged Tory. What next for good old Norm. Sir or Lord ? Seems that supporting the process of privatising the NHS has paid off. Not bad for an MP that once threatened to resign over the NHS cutbacks ,on television no less.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • not for much longer norman . These titles mean nothing at the jobcentre

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    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • I never thought you'd be propping up Tory policies either Norman!

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    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Uh oh Clegg is getting worried. Quick find a job for all the old boys before they face wipe out in 2015 and turn on him.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Why is this story thought to be worthy of publication? When Elizabeth Truss was appointed to the Cabinet, she too would have been made a Privy Councillor but that was not mentioned in the coverage last week. The key point about membership of the Privy Council is the oath of secrecy which has to be sworn upon admission.

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    Old Hand

    Monday, July 21, 2014

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