Fifty Years in Politics and the Law

Author(s): John Morris

Language: English

Genre(s): Politics

  • September 2011 · 261pages · 234x156mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708324189
  • · eBook - epub - 9780708326367
  • · eBook - mobi - 9780708326374
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About The Book

The autobiography of Lord Morris of Aberavon, born to farming stock in Aberystwyth, and who went on to enjoy an illustrious career, assuming one of the highest positions in the land as Attorney General. Trained as a barrister, he went on to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Transport, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, Secretary of State for Wales between March 1974 and May 1979 and returned to Government as the Attorney General for England and Wales and Northern Ireland between 1997 and 1999. As such, he was one of only a small handful of Labour ministers to hold office under Harold Wilson, James Callaghan and Tony Blair. He was created a life peer as Baron Morris of Aberavon, of Aberavon in the County of West Glamorgan and of Ceredigion in the County of Dyfed, in 2001, made Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed a year later and created a Knight of the Order of the Garter in 2003.Extraordinary

events such as the bombing of Kosovo are included as are Lord Morris's key role in the development and implementation of devolution for Wales, his involvement in promotion of the Welsh language and life as an MP.

Endorsements

BU gyrfa wleidyddol John Morris yn un hir a nodedig, yn wir yn hollol unigryw o fewn bywyd gwleidyddol Cymru'r ugeinfed ganrif. Ar ol ei wrthod fel ymgeisydd mewn etholaethau eraill, etholwyd ef i Dy'r Cyffredin fel yr AS Llafur dros sedd hollol ddiogel Aberafan yn etholiad cyffredinol Hydref 1959 yn y cyfnod pan roedd Hugh Gaitskell yn arweinydd ar y blaid. O'r cychwyn cyntaf, gwnaeth argraff ddofn ar ei gyd-aelodau Llafur a'r byd gwleidyddol yn San Steffan. Gan i'r awdur rannu'r testun yn chwech-ar-hugain o benodau cymharol fer ac iddynt strwythur cronolegol, hawdd yw dilyn ei yrfa ar hyd y daith o Gapel Bangor i'r Senedd ac yna i'r Arglwyddi. Hefyd dewiswyd nifer fawr o luniau deniadol ac arwyddocaol o'r albwm teuluol sydd yn wir gaffaeliad i'r gyfrol. J Graham Jones, Y Cymro "This excellent book is a first class insight, over fifty years, into the inner workings of the British Government and Welsh politics, as well as shedding much light on our justice system - a great read. " Paul Murphy MP, House of Commons "He talks of being a circus artist riding two horses (politics and the law). I found myself exhausted by the sheer logistics of the man...one note of irony comes with his carefully written and important chapter on Kosovo for at this time Prime Minister (Blair) was not getting the legal advice he wanted from his Attorney General...He has provided a text book for all those M.Ps who feel only their impotence". Professor Peter Stead "Wise words from a wise old bird who has seen a great deal in a long, tenacious career." Michael White, The Guardian Newspaper

About the Author(s)

John Morris

John Morris, Baron Morris of Aberavon, KG PC QC (born 5 November 1931) is a retired British politician. He was a moderate[1] Labour Member of Parliament (MP) from 1959 to 2001 and Secretary of State for Wales from 1974 to 1979.

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