Norman St John-Stevas was born in London in 1929. He read Law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. He studied for a Bachelors of Civil Law degree at Oxford where he was secretary of the Union. He went on to obtain a PhD from the University of London and a degree from Yale University. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1952.
He was a Member of Parliament representing the constituency of Chelmsford from 1964 to 1987, and was made a Life Peer in 1987. He was a member of the Conservative Party, serving as Leader of the House of Commons under Margaret Thatcher’s government from 1979 to 1981.
St John-Stevas died in March 2012 aged 82.