Sir Ian Wrigglesworth reveals his new title

Former MP and Port of Tyne chairman Sir Ian Wrigglesworth is preparing to take on his new title as Baron Wrigglesworth of Norton-on-Tees

Sir Ian Wrigglesworth
Sir Ian Wrigglesworth

The region’s newest lord will follow his life long motto when he takes to the red benches.

Quid Ni? - or Why Not? - forms a key part of Sir Ian Wrigglesworth’s crest, produced as he prepares to be take on his new title as Baron Wrigglesworth of Norton-on-Tees.

The former Port of Tyne chairman has woven his personal and family history into his new crest, a formal process ahead of his October 10 introduction to the House of Lords.

Sir Ian’s new role was confirmed in a small announcement in the London gazette stating that “The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 5 September in the afternoon the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon Sir Ian William Wrigglesworth, Knight, by the name, style and title of Baron Wrigglesworth, of Norton-on-Tees, County Durham.”

The former Teesside MP, born and bred in the Tees Valley, said he wanted to recognise the role the North East has played in his life.

“I’m delighted with this,” he said. “It retains the strong Northern family name, and the name of the place where I was born and bred.

“Having been associated with so many organisations in the North East and having been so active there throughout my life I very much wanted a name that indelibly associated me with the region and those activities. Being brought up in Norton-on-Tees also had a profound and lasting influence on the rest of my life which I wanted to recognise.”

His coat of arms includes such personal reflections as three small “wriggly” worms in tribute to his children, and at its centre it has the old castle and anchor coat of arms of the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees.

Within that is the portcullis which is the coat of arms of the House of Commons, and above that a lion from the Crest of his old College of St Mark & St John in Chelsea.

Sir Ian said: “Held in its paws is Big Ben which is obviously associated with Westminster, but which many people don’t know was originally cast in Norton-on-Tees. The motto in Latin at the bottom, ‘Quid Ni?’ translates as ‘Why not?’, which very much reflects my approach to life.”

The former Baltic chairman added: “I shall be introduced into the House of Lords on October 10 by the former Cabinet Minister and MP for Stockton North, Lord (Bill) Rodgers and by Lord (Tom) McNally, my former student flat mate and MP for Stockport, who is now Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and Minister of State at the Department of Justice.

“I shall hope to make my maiden speech soon after that date so that I shall be in a position to fully participate in the Lords proceedings.

“One thing I shall hope to do during my time in the House of Lords is continue to work as an ambassador and advocate for the North East.”


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