Norman Fowler was an MP for 31 years, during which time he was a member of the Cabinet for 10 years. He was Secretary of State for Social Services, which included responsibility for both health and social security, for 6 years and he became the longest serving Health Secretary since the Second World War. In 1986, he was responsible for the high-profile public education campaign on HIV/AIDS and introducing the clean-needles policy. Since then, he has continued to work in this area and was a Trustee of the Terrence Higgins Trust and Chair of the special Select Committee on HIV/AIDS in the UK that made a series of proposals aimed at encouraging more people to come forward for testing. In 2012, he won a commitment from the Government to introduce a regulation that would have the effect of making HIV treatment free for all people in the country. He went to the House of Lords in 2001.
"Combating HIV/AIDS remains a public health priority in this country. There is an all too common view that the issue has gone away; however, nothing could be further from the truth. A new effort is required to persuade more people to come forward for testing. It is unacceptable that about a quarter of those with HIV are unaware of their condition. We also need to combat the stigma and discrimination that still surround the area. The British HIV Association has a formidable reputation based on the professional skill of its members. I only hope that I can support the Association's efforts to improve the situation and make the UK more of a model of what should be done." Lord Fowler
Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Kemptown and Peacehaven
Born in Brighton, I grew up in Lewes, going to the local Primary school, comprehensive secondary and the FE college Sussex Downs. I worked nights at Tesco and the Rainbow Pub in Lewes (next to the law courts) and then East Sussex County Council before taking on work outside of the area.
In parliament I sit on the International Development Committee, the Committees on Arms Export Controls and am the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Justice Secretary. I am the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs.
I’ve worked for the UN, been Vice President of the European Youth Forum where I lead on development issues and social enterprises and co-ordinate work in the Autonomy and Inclusion Chapter of our work (Education, Employment, Youth Rights, Anti-Discrimination and Mobility).
I have sat on the boards of a number of companies, educational establishments and programme related to education, music and co-operation. I was Vice Chair of the British Youth Council and Studied Peace Studies at Bradford University. I was until 2009 the Treasurer for the Education Not for Sale Network which was an anti-capitalist network of student activists now cooperating with the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.
Prior to 2006 I worked for the National Youth Agency as a young trainer and was a Member and Deputy of the UK Youth Parliament and then Assistant Regional Coordinator. I worked for East Sussex County Council as their Youth Participation officer for a short while in 2005 and was the secretary to the Lewes District Local Strategic Partnership on Children and Youth between 2003-2005.