Lord Norman Lamont was at the centre of British politics for many years. He was a Cabinet Minister under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and was a member of the House of Commons for twenty-five years.
Lamont was Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) from 1990-93 and introduced three Budgets. He inherited the policy of membership of the ERM, which made it a difficult and controversial time to be Chancellor. This culminated in Britain’s exit from the ERM in September 1992.
Many economists have attributed much of the economic stability and low inflation enjoyed in his first years by Gordon Brown to the policies introduced by Lamont after Britain’s exit from the ERM in September 1992. These new policies included an inflation target for the Bank of England and a tough tax raising Budget in 1993. Sir Alan Walters, economic advisor to Lady Thatcher, in a letter to the Times described Lord Lamont in his “post ERM phase”…. “to be not only the most effective but also the bravest Chancellor since 1945”.
Norman Lamont was Britain’s representative at the Maastricht Treaty and negotiated Britain’s opt-out from the euro – of which he was, and always has been a strong critic.
Currently he is a director of, and a consultant to a number of companies in the financial sector.
He was made a Life Peer in 1998.
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