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Steven Norris honoured

UEL students graduation

The former Transport Minister who was instrumental in extending the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf and Stratford has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of East London.

Steven Norris, who served as a Conservative MP for 14 and twice stood as a candidate for Mayor of London, faced an upward battle in driving through the tube extension in the 1990s.

“I had to convince the government and all the decision-makers to extend the Jubilee line to Docklands,” he said. “At the time it was a fight. There was astonishing resistance put up.

“Today you can get on the Jubilee line at any time and it is packed, never mind the morning and evening peak. Docklands could not have happened if it wasn’t for the Jubilee line.”

Mr Norris retired from politics in 1997 to resume his successful business career. He is a board member of a range of companies and strategic advisor to others in the fields of transport, infrastructure and property.

Among his extensive business interests he is currently chair of BNP Paribas Real Estate UK, Soho Estates, Virtus Data Centres and London Resort Company Holdings as well as a partner at Norris McDonough LLP.

Outside the business world, he is a Vice-President of Action for Hearing Loss, a Patron of The Urology Foundation and Chairman of the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation.

Mr Norris said he was delighted to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at a ceremony at indigo at the O2 on Tuesday, 17 November.

“I’ve always had huge affection and admiration for UEL. I continue to visit it as President of the Data Centre Alliance as we use the facilities at the university, and I’m always struck by what a lively place it is.”