Dan Norris

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Dan Norris was the Labour member of parliament for Wansdyke between 1997 and 2010. He stood unsuccessfully in 1992 and in the newly formed constituency of Somerset North-East.


Norris stood for election in Wansdyke in 1992, however after obtaining 27.7 percent of the vote, he came second to the Conservative's Jack Aspinwall. He then won in 1997 with 44.1 percent, 46.3 percent 2001 and 50.6 percent in 2005. In 2010 Wansdyke was no longer a constituency, so Norris stood for election for Somerset North-East, coming second with 31.7 percent, to the Conservative's Jacob Rees-Mogg.[1] Whilst in parliament he held the roles of parliamentary private secretary to Rt Hon Peter Hain and Rt Hon David Miliband and parliamentary under-secretary to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.[2]

Revolving door

  • Setting up as an independent consultant giving media and communications advice and guidance, and additionally undertaking television and radio work, first commission with Potent Media, October 2010. Approved by ACOBA who saw"no reason why he should not set up as a consultant or undertake work as described forthwith, subject to the condition that, for 12 months from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Government Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his clients".[3]




  1. Somerset North-East Guardian, accessed 8 December 2014
  2. Dan Norris They Work For You, accessed 8 December 2014
  3. Twelfth Report 2010-2011 Advisor Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 8 December 2014