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John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon

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The Lord Morris of Aberavon

Official portrait of Lord Morris of Aberavon crop 2.jpg
Morris in 2019
Attorney General for England and Wales
Attorney General for Northern Ireland
In office
2 May 1997 – 29 July 1999
Prime MinisterTony Blair
SolicitorThe Lord Falconer of Thoroton
Ross Frederick Cranston
Preceded byNicholas Lyell
Succeeded byThe Lord Williams of Mostyn
Opposition frontbench 1979-97
Shadow Attorney General
In office
9 June 1983 – 2 May 1997
LeaderMichael Foot
Neil Kinnock
John Smith
Margaret Beckett (Acting)
Tony Blair
Preceded byArthur Davidson
Succeeded byNicholas Lyell
In office
14 July 1979 – 24 November 1981
LeaderJames Callaghan
Michael Foot
Preceded bySamuel Silkin
Succeeded byPeter Archer
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales
In office
4 May 1979 – 14 July 1979
LeaderJames Callaghan
Preceded byNicholas Edwards
Succeeded byAlec Jones
Ministerial offices 1966-79
Secretary of State for Wales
In office
5 March 1974 – 4 May 1979
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
James Callaghan
Preceded byPeter Thomas
Succeeded byNicholas Edwards
Minister of Defence for Equipment
In office
16 April 1968 – 19 June 1970
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byRoy Mason
Succeeded byRobert Lindsay
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport
In office
10 January 1966 – 16 April 1968
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byGeorge Lindgren
Succeeded byRobert Brown
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
3 July 2001
Life peerage
Member of Parliament
for Aberavon
In office
8 October 1959 – 14 May 2001
Preceded byWilliam Cove
Succeeded byHywel Francis
Personal details
Born (1931-11-05) 5 November 1931 (age 89)
Capel Bangor, Wales
Political partyLabour
Alma materAberystwyth University
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon, KG, PC, QC (born 5 November 1931) is a British politician. He was a Labour Member of Parliament (MP) from 1959 to 2001, which included a period as Secretary of State for Wales from 1974 to 1979.

Background and education

Morris was born in Capel Bangor, Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire. He was educated at Ardwyn School, the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Professional career

Morris was a barrister and was called to the Bar by Gray's Inn in 1954. He practised at 2 Bedford Row Chambers, took silk in 1973 and was made a Bencher of Gray's Inn in 1984. Between 1982 and 1997, he was a Recorder of the Crown Court.

Political career

Morris represented Aberavon as its Labour MP from 1959 onwards, and was the longest serving Welsh MP in Parliament, until his retirement in 2001, when he was succeeded by Hywel Francis. According to The Almanac of British Politics, Morris was a "moderate" Labour MP.[1]

Morris served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Transport, and Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence. Having been sworn of the Privy Council in the 1970 Birthday Honours,[2] Morris joined the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales between 5 March 1974 and 4 May 1979 and returned to Government as the Attorney General for England and Wales and Northern Ireland between 1997 and 1999, having shadowed the role since 1983. As such, he was one of only a small handful of Labour ministers to hold office under Harold Wilson, James Callaghan and Tony Blair.

Other positions held

Lord Morris has been Chancellor of the University of South Wales since its formation in 2013. The University of South Wales was formed by a merger between University of Glamorgan (where Lord Morris was Chancellor since 2002) and the University of Wales, Newport. He succeeded fellow Labour politician Lord Merlyn-Rees as the Chancellor for the University of Glamorgan. Lord Morris was President of the London Welsh Trust, which runs the London Welsh Centre, Gray's Inn Road, from 2001 until 2008.[3] He is also a council member of The Prince's Trust.


He was raised to the peerage for life as Baron Morris of Aberavon, of Aberavon in the County of West Glamorgan and of Ceredigion in the County of Dyfed in the 2001 Dissolution Honours,[4][5] was made Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed a year later[6] and was appointed to the Order of the Garter as a Knight Companion (KG) in 2003.[7]


Coat of arms of John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon
Coat of Arms of John, Baron Morris of Aberavon.svg
Life peer as Baron since 2001
A coronet of a Baron
A bull passant Sable armed and unguled Or with a palewise book Argent upon other Sable.
Mantling Argent and Sable.
Sable a Portcullis Or, over all three swords palewise proper headed Or.
Welsh: He who would a leader be, be a bridge
The Order of the Garter circlet.[8][9][10][11]
Garter Banner of the Baron Morris of Aberavon.svg
The banner of the Baron Morris of Aberavon's arms used as knight of the Garter depicted at St George's Chapel.


  1. ^ Waller, Robert; Criddle, Byron (1999). The Almanac of British Politics. ISBN 9780415185417.
  2. ^ "No. 45117". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 June 1970. p. 6365.
  3. ^ "Our Former Presidents: London Welsh Centre". London Welsh Centre website. London Welsh Centre. 2010. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  4. ^ "No. 56266". The London Gazette. 6 July 2001. p. 7999.
  5. ^ "No. 25044". The Edinburgh Gazette. 6 July 2001. p. 1528.
  6. ^ "No. 56787". The London Gazette. 19 December 2002. p. 15392.
  7. ^ "No. 56915". The London Gazette. 23 April 2003. p. 5017.
  8. ^ Arms of the Baron Morris of Aberavon blazon. Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 16 January 2014
  9. ^ Anthony Acland's crest Heraldic Sculptor. Retrieved 20 December 2013
  10. ^ Anthony Acland's banner of arms image. Retrieved 24 December 2013
  11. ^ Acland's arms image. Retrieved 24 December 2013

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Cove
Member of Parliament
for Aberavon

Succeeded by
Hywel Francis
Political offices
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Peter Thomas
Secretary of State for Wales
Succeeded by
Nicholas Edwards
Preceded by
Michael Havers
Shadow Attorney General
Succeeded by
Peter Archer
Preceded by
Peter Archer
Shadow Attorney General
Succeeded by
Nicholas Lyell
Preceded by
Nicholas Lyell
Attorney General for England and Wales
Succeeded by
The Lord Williams of Mostyn
Attorney General for Northern Ireland
Honorary titles
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David Lewis
Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed
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Robin Lewis
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Merlyn Rees
Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
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Baron Morris of Aberavon
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