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The personal and political life of Lord St John of Fawsley The memoirs of The Rt Hon The Lord St John of Fawsley, PC, FRSL, DLITT. As a member of Margaret Thatcher's first Conservative cabinet, Norman St. John Stevas was the original 'Tory Wet'. He was also one of the earliest casualties of her Iron Lady politics. Never lost for words, his wit and wisdom made him a colourful champion of all that he held dear in politics, the arts and religion. As a Barrister and legal expert in the 1950's, St John Stevas was caught up in the whirlwind surrounding the controversial publication of LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER and Britain's antiquated obscenity laws. Later as a champion of fine art he battled to maintain public funding throughout the years of conservative spending cuts. He is also celebrated for his clear voice on human rights and law reform. BEFORE THE SUNSET FADES is the lucid, revealing and entertaining autobiography of a politician with fine taste who never lost his understanding of the ordinary person. Greatly concerned about the state of both the Catholic and Anglican Church in the UK, he has become a respected commentator on constitutional affairs.
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Norman St John-Stevas obtained a First Class Honours in Law at Cambridge. He become a Barrister in 1952; Member of Parliament for Chelmsford 1964-1987; and Member of House of Lords since 1987. He is currently the Chairman of the Fine Arts Commission -- a post he has held since July 1985.
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