Steven Norris – Former Conservative MP, Minister of Transport and Mayor of London candidate.
Born in Liverpool, Steven Norris was educated at the Liverpool Institute and Worcester College, Oxford where he was President of the University Law Society.
Steven Norris was elected to Berkshire County Council in 1977 where he served until 1985. He was Conservative MP for Oxford East from 1983 to 1987 and for Epping Forest from 1988 to 1997.
He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to three ministers, William Waldegrave at the Department of Environment, Nicholas Ridley as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Kenneth Baker as Home Secretary.
In 1992, Steven Norris was promoted to Minister for Transport by John Major with special responsibility for London. This was the first time a minister had been given multi-modal responsibility for the capital and Steven held the post until 1996 becoming one of London’s best-known political figures in the process.
Steven was later honoured as a Companion of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and was made a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and of the Institution of Highways and Transportation.
In 1997, Steve retired from Parliament and became Director General of the Road Haulage Association.
He came out of political retirement to be Conservative Candidate for Mayor of London in 2000 and again in 2004, running Ken Livingstone close on both occasions.
As a minister, Steven Norris authored the original National Cycling Strategy for England, and was invited by the current Labour government to found and lead the National Cycling Strategy Board. Steve is also a Patron of Sustrans – the cycling charity. He is President of the Intelligent Transport Society – the independent telematics forum representing industry and government in the global ITS movement, and a Vice President of the National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection.
Steven is now a chairman and director of a number of quoted and private companies. He advises a number of blue chip clients on public affairs issues with special emphasis on transport, land use, planning policy and the built environment.
Steven Norris is a regular broadcaster and guest speaker, and also writes a regular column for Property Week.