Lord Morris of Manchester

Alfred Morris

Alfred Morris

Party

Labour/Co-operative

Address as

Lord Morris

Contact details

Westminster

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 6795
Fax: 020 7219 5979

Biography

Electoral history

Contested Liverpool, Garston 1951 and Manchester Wythenshawe 1959 general elections. MP (Labour/Co-operative) for Manchester Wythenshawe 1964-97

Parliamentary career

PPS to Fred Peart: as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1964-1967, as Leader of the House of Commons 1968-70; Opposition Spokesperson for Social Services 1970-74; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health and Social Security (Minister for Disabled People) 1974-79; Principal Opposition Spokesperson for Rights of disabled people 1979-92; Promoted four Acts of Parliament as Private Member: Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, Food and Drugs (Milk) Act 1970, Police Act 1972; Act to transfer to Canberra the original of Constitution of Australia Act 1900; Chair: Managing Trustees, Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund 1983-97, House of Commons Members' Fund 1983-97

Lords career

Author and promoter, Contaminated Blood (Support of Infected Bereaved Persons) Bill 2011

Party groups

National Chair, Labour League of Youth 1950-52; Chair, Parliamentary Co-operative Group 1970-71, 1983-85; President, Co-operative Congress 1995-96

Councils, public bodies

General Advisory Council, BBC 1968-97

International bodies

Treasurer, Inter-Parliamentary Union British Group 1968-74; ANZAC Group of MPs and Peers: Founder chair 1972-97, President 1997; British representative, UN advisory Council on the International Year of Disabled People; Chair, World Planning Group appointed to draft Charter for the 1980s (1978-80) and Charter for the New Millennium for disabled people world-wide (1998-2000); Member: Executive Committee, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch 1999-, US Congressional Committee of Inquiry into Gulf War illnesses 2001 (first British parliamentarian to be co-opted on to US Congressional Committee); Life Patron, Rehabilitation International 2001

Political interests

Disabled people, co-operative movement, regional airports, science and technology

Countries of interest

Commonwealth countries, EU member states

Name, style and title

Raised to the peeerage as Baron Morris of Manchester, of Manchester in the County of Greater Manchester 1997

Register of Interests

10: Non-financial interests (c)

Trustee, Hallé Orchestra

10: Non-financial interests (e)

Chairman of Trustees, Parliamentary Science and Technology Information Foundation

Trustee, Earl of Snowdon Fund for Disabled Students