Jesse Norman was elected as the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire in 2010. During the 2010-15 Parliament he was a member of the Treasury Select Committee and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership. He has been married to Kate since 1992, and they have three children.
Jesse was educated at Merton College, Oxford University, and has an MPhil and PhD from University College London. He worked for and later ran an educational project giving away medical and other textbooks in Eastern Europe from 1988-1991. In 1991 he went to work at Barclays, mainly on eastern Europe and other emerging markets. He left Barclays as a Director in 1997 in order to teach and do research in philosophy at UCL, and later at Birkbeck College.
A lifelong volunteer, Jesse has personally raised more than half a million pounds for charity. He has also been a school governor of an inner city comprehensive and has worked for over a decade with the Roundhouse arts centre and urban regeneration project, which has helped many thousands of disadvantaged young people. He is also a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange, a director of the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, and a member of Council at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.
In Herefordshire, as MP from 2010 Jesse played a key role in winning the new Enterprise Zone at Rotherwas, and in securing £15 million of new investment in rural broadband. He has helped improve safety and save millions of pounds on private contractors' costs at Hereford Hospital, as well as over £1.5 billion nationally on the PFI. He has been closely involved in supporting Hereford United and keeping football at Edgar Street.
Jesse has been a trustee of the Kindle Centre in South Wye in Hereford, where he led a project to create a new community theatre space, and Patron of the St Martin's Church roof appeal and of the Friends of St Mary's, Ross-on-Wye. He is currently Vice President of Westfields Football Club and Patron of Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled, No 1 Ledbury Road respite care centre, and the Music Pool, as well as supporting dozens of local voluntary and charitable organisations.
Jesse’s books and pamphlets include The Achievement of Michael Oakeshott (ed.), After Euclid, Compassionate Conservatism and The Big Society. His book Edmund Burke: Politician, Philosopher, Prophet (2013) was widely acclaimed, and listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Political Book Awards and the George Orwell Prize. He writes a column for the Hereford Times, an occasional blog for the Telegraph, and regularly in the national press.
In 2013 Jesse was asked to join the Policy Board at 10 Downing Street, but left after the vote on Syria. He was awarded Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2012, The House Backbencher of the Year 2012, and Rebel of the Year 2013.