John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon
John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon, KG, PC, QC (born 5 November 1931) is a British politician. He was a moderate Labour Member of Parliament (MP) from 1959 to 2001 and Secretary of State for Wales from 1974 to 1979.
Background and education
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 Morris was a Recorder of the Crown Court.
He 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, 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. 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, was made Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed a year later and was appointed to the Order of the Garter as a Knight Companion (KG) in 2003.
Styles and arms
Styles of address
- 1931–1959: Mr John Morris
- 1959–1970: Mr John Morris MP
- 1970–2001: The Rt Hon. John Morris MP
- 2001: The Rt Hon. John Morris
- 2001–2003: The Rt Hon. The Lord Morris of Aberavon PC
- 2003–: The Rt Hon. The Lord Morris of Aberavon KG PC
Coat of arms
- "No. 45117". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 June 1970. p. 6365.
- "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.
- "No. 56266". The London Gazette. 6 July 2001. p. 7999.
- "No. 25044". The Edinburgh Gazette. 6 July 2001. p. 1528.
- "No. 56787". The London Gazette. 19 December 2002. p. 15392.
- "No. 56915". The London Gazette. 23 April 2003. p. 5017.
- Arms of the Baron Morris of Aberavon blazon. Cracroft's Peerage. Retrieved 16 January 2014
- Anthony Acland's crest Heraldic Sculptor. Retrieved 20 December 2013
- Anthony Acland's banner of arms image. Retrieved 24 December 2013
- Acland's arms image. Retrieved 24 December 2013
- Profile on the University of Glamorgan website
- Downing Street press notice September 2002
- They Work for You.com
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
| Secretary of State for Wales
| Shadow Attorney General
| Shadow Attorney General
| Attorney General for England and Wales
The Lord Williams of Mostyn
| Attorney General for Northern Ireland|
| Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed
| Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan