Outgoing MP Norman Lamb praised for ‘sterling service’ to north Norfolk

Norman Lamb at his home in Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

Norman Lamb at his home in Norwich. Picture: Jamie Honeywood - Credit: Archant

Tributes have been paid to long-serving North Norfolk MP Sir Norman Lamb, who has announced he will not fight another election.

Norman Lamb after being declared the winner and MP for North Norfolk in 2001. Photo: Sam Robbins / A

Norman Lamb after being declared the winner and MP for North Norfolk in 2001. Photo: Sam Robbins / Archant - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

Sir Norman, 61, has been commended for the "outstanding commitment", honesty and integrity he has shown over the past 18-and-a-half years of being an MP.

Fellow politicians praised the veteran Liberal Democrat who has campaigned tirelessly on mental health issues and served as the care and support minister in the coalition government.

Jo Swinson, leader of the Lib Dems, said: "Norman is a phenomenal Liberal Democrat MP, colleague and friend. His dedication to both his constituents and his fight for better treatment for those with mental health issues has been inspirational.

"I have no doubt Norman will continue to make a difference to people's lives from right across the country as he continues this work outside of Parliament."

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman said Sir Norman had earned a long and happy retirement with his wife, Mary, and family. He said: "It has been a pleasure to work with him on a range of Norfolk issues - especially mental health and social care on which he has always spoken up for the people we are here to serve: the vulnerable who rely on our local public services."

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis added: "I've seen for myself just how hard Norman's worked for his constituents. I imagine a great many of them will, like me, be both saddened by his departure but also happy that he'll get to spend more time with his friends and family and this next chapter in his life."

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She said: "He has been an outstanding constituency MP who has given North Norfolk residents years of sterling service, demonstrating extraordinary commitment and dedication, which was so justly rewarded with his knighthood recently.

"His work ethic and genuinely compassionate character have made him a force for good in North Norfolk for many years. I am equally sure that even after his work as our MP is done he will continue to be a tremendous advocate for the people of north Norfolk."

Duncan Baker, the Conservatives' parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk, added: "He has been a hard working local MP in North Norfolk and to hold the seat for such a long period is a testament to the characteristics people in North Norfolk vote for. Putting party politics aside, people value his honesty, integrity and hard work."

Sir Norman Lamb: Further tributes

Further tributes have been paid to Sir Norman via social media.

Commenting on the Eastern Daily Press and North Norfolk News Facebook pages, Duncan Moy said: "One of the few good MPs and a Norwich City fan. Wish him all the best in his future endeavours."

Hannah Harman said: "This man should be prime minister. One of the best MP we have and he's actually productive and moral."

Sylvie Waller said: "Sir Norman, thank you most sincerely for your dedication and hard work for this county and our country."

And Michael Halpin commented: "A true gentleman and a politician with principles who cares."

David Moore added: "The fact that he is standing down as an MP but will continue campaigning for the vulnerable and those with mental health issues is above party politics. His work continues in this sector. Respect is due for this action."