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Image result for Norman St. John-StevasNorman Panayea St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, PC, FRSL (18 May 1929 – 2 March 2012) was a British politician, author, and barrister. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as the Leader of the House of Commons in the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher from 1979 to 1981. He was a member of parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Chelmsford from 1964 to 1987, and was made a life peer in 1987. His surname was created by compounding those of his father (Stevas) and mother (St John-O'Connor).


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Lord St John was a prominent Roman Catholic. He was also Patron of the Anglican Society of King Charles the Martyr, and Grand Bailiff for England and Wales of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus (statuted 1910).

His partner of over fifty years was Adrian Stanford. They met each other in 1956 at Oxford, where Lord St John taught Stanford law. They entered into a civil partnership shortly before Lord St John's death in order to avoid paying inheritance tax, which would have taxed 40% of his £3.3 million estate.[15]

He was noted for his many personal affectations, including proffering his hand in papal fashion, lapsing into Latin whilst speaking, and deliberately mispronouncing modern words.[12] A loyal monarchist, Lord St John enjoyed a close relationship with the British Royal Family.[16] Soon after his elevation to the Lords, photographs of him in purple bedroom slippers appeared in Hello! magazine while he lounged in the bedroom of his Northampton rectory with a signed photograph of Princess Margaret prominently displayed. All personal notes were written in purple ink. After his elevation to the Lords he was an active member and used only official House of Lords headed stationery. He lived in Montpellier Square, Knightsbridge, and had a house in Northamptonshire.[17]The Catholic Herald, a newspaper that St John-Stevas had contributed to on many occasions, wrote on his death that 'Unlike a lot of people who have trodden the corridors of power, he was not in the least secretive about his experiences. He loathed Mrs Thatcher, and he idolised the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Pius IX. His house in Northamptonshire was filled with relics and pictures of all three. He even had a cassock which was supposed to have belonged to the Blessed Pius, and .... on occasions he wore it to fancy dress parties'.[18]

He died in March 2012 from undisclosed causes, aged 82.[2] His homosexuality was summarised by Simon Hoggart in The Guardian obituary note: "He lived in that period where gay politicians never came "out", yet were happy for everyone to know. He lived life as a camp performance."[19]


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  15. Ben Ellery (17 March 2013). "Partners for 50 years... but Lord St John tied the knot only to save money: Tory dandy married gay lover in secret to avoid £1.2million inheritance tax bill". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 18 March 2013.
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  19. "Simon Hoggart's week: Norman St John Stevas, a friend in the Tory camp". The Guardian. 9 March 2012. Archived from the original on 8 April 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2012.