Lord St John of Fawsley (born Norman St John-Stevas), a former British governmetn minister and prolific author, has died at the age of 82. He died on March 2nd at his home after a short illness.
As a politician, he served as minister for the arts and education under Edward Heath and went on to become a member of Margaret Thatcher’s first cabinet. While in government, he was responsible for setting up the select committee system that remains in place today. However, he was removed by Thatcher in 1981 and became a life peer in 1987 after leaving the Commons.
As an author, he wrote biographies of figures such as Walter Bagehot and Pope John Paul II, and released his own autobiography in 2009. His edition of the works of Victorian constitutionalist Bagehot is widely regarded as definitive. He also served as chairman of the Booker judges.