Norman Lamb to head mental health trust

Congratulations to Norman Lamb who has been announced as the new Chair of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He will take up his post in March 2020.

Norman told the Norwich Evening News:

I’m delighted and really excited by it. Stepping down from parliament was a big decision and I wanted to focus on mental health in the future.

This is probably the most prestigious mental health trust in the country serving a disadvantaged part of London, so there are massive challenges that it faces.

It’s a fascinating and exciting organisation to be part of.

 

 

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames where she is still very active with the local party.

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9 Comments

  • Elaine Woodard 20th Dec '19 - 10:11pm

    Congratulations to Norman. With all his experience I know he will make a great contribution to the Trust and the people it serves. They must be very pleased that he’s taking on this important role.

  • Tobias Sedlmeier 21st Dec '19 - 12:46am

    As someone who lives in south London I am absolutely disgusted at this. Another boomer white English male imposed on a diverse multi-ethnic community. Norman Lamb has never lived in south London, has no connection with south London and has no experience of multi-ethnic communities. He has no qualifications in relation to mental health – he’s an employment law solicitor by profession.

    Norman Lamb’s sheer level of ignorance is demonstrated by his common that the Trust serves “a disadvantaged part of London”. The Trust serves 7 out of 32 London boroughs – all of south-east London – and only 2 of the 10 boroughs it serves are among London’s 10 most deprived. He displays the typical attitude of the white British 60 something year old male boomer from outside the cities that every urban area with an ethnic minority population must be deprived.

  • Tobias Sedlmeier,

    Norman Lamb was born in Watford and spent his childhood up to the age of 15 in Guildford. That puts him in range of South London. In fact, you can see the towers of the City and Canary Wharf quite clearly from The Mount in Guildford. Certainly, Guildford is closer to South London than Grantham or Peasemore or Washington DC are to Downing Street. The relevance being, pray tell me?

  • Tony Greaves 21st Dec '19 - 8:12pm

    Everyone in Norfolk will be thrilled by this news.

  • John Barrett 22nd Dec '19 - 10:35am

    Best wishes Norman. I hope all goes well for you and your family in the future.

    I am sure that, like me, he will find that life after Westminster can be more rewarding, both personally and professionally.

    Life does not start and finish inside the Westminster bubble.

  • Norfolk Dumpling 25th Dec '19 - 5:34pm

    Tony Greaves – what utter rubbish!

    He is been a brilliant representative for his constituents. Our polling as a party in the recent GE is representative of our ludicrous claim of ‘cancelling Brexit’ which as Norman rightly pointed out beforehand, would go down like a lead balloon in constituencies like North Norfolk.

    There is nothing more important to the British public than fairness and democracy. They were promised the result of the referendum would be enacted. Is it any wonder then that they found our promise to totally ignore it unpalatable?

  • Sopwith Morley 26th Dec '19 - 8:33am

    @ Tobias Sedlmeier
    “As someone who lives in south London I am absolutely disgusted at this. Another boomer white English male imposed on a diverse multi-ethnic community. Norman Lamb has never lived in south London, has no connection with south London and has no experience of multi-ethnic communities. He has no qualifications in relation to mental health – he’s an employment law solicitor by profession.”

    So who should represent the around 50% of people who live in London including South London as well who still identify as White British?
    Are we not to be classified as one of the multi-ethnic communities, and for that matter which ethnic groups do you think are special enough to represent South London?

    Racist, and Ageist to boot.
    I am a small ‘c’ conservative, and even I find your views highly offensive.

    I find it amazing that nobody on this site has criticised your content, or questioned whether you are in the right party, because if LibDem identity politics is now to exclude the majority population from positions of authority and influence, perhaps it is time we were told.

  • Innocent Bystander 26th Dec '19 - 10:21am

    Paul,
    I feel Mr. Dumpling’s point is made, though. The LibDem vote in Norfolk North went down 18% and lost the seat.
    I thought a lot of Jo but she wasn’t so good at the ‘killer soundbite’. She is just what I like. Intelligent, reasonable and measured with good logical arguments. The trouble was with the limited media exposure the LibDems got, only the quick and simple message would get through. Shame. The Revoke policy took some justification and explanation and was easily positioned (by the media) as authoritarian and undemocratic.

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