This article is about the British politician. For the American opera singer, see Jessye Norman
Alexander Jesse Norman (born 23 June 1962) a British Conservative politician who is the Member of Parliament for Hereford and South Herefordshire. He was selected at an open primary in December 2006. He was a director at Barclays before leaving the City in 1997 to research and teach at University College London. Prior to that he ran an educational charity in Eastern Europe during and after the communist period.
He was educated at Eton College and Merton College, Oxford, graduating with a second in Classics. He did further study at UCL, where he held an honorary research fellowship in philosophy. His books include The Achievement of Michael Oakeshott (ed), Breaking the Habits of a Lifetime and After Euclid. He is a director of The Roundhouse, a company that his father Torquil Norman bought for £3million, an urban regeneration project for young people in London, and serves on the boards of the Hay Festival, the Kindle Centre in Hereford and the Friends of St Mary's Ross-on-Wye.
Norman is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange, and writes regularly for the national press. He is widely regarded as one of the architects of the New Conservatism. His book "Compassionate Conservatism" (2006) has been described as "the guidebook to Cameronism" by the Sunday Times, and its successor "Compassionate Economics" as "the most intelligent political tract of 2009, and the best analysis of the credit crunch" by Daniel Hannan. His other policy publications include "Living for the City" (2006) and "From Here to Fraternity" (2007).
His latest book is The Big Society (2010) - published by University of Buckingham Press. He is a member of the Treasury Select Committee, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership and Founder of the PFI Rebate Campaign.