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Paul Murphy


Author(s): Paul Murphy

Language: English

Genre(s): Biography

September 2019208 pages

Hardback - 9781786834720 eBook - epub - 9781786834744 eBook - mobi - 9781786834751 eBook - pdf - 9781786834737

About The Book

Born into a traditional Welsh valley community, Paul Murphy has been a member of the Labour Party for more than 55 years. In this book, he describes how the socialist beliefs of that community, and of his parents especially, helped to develop his own very early political consciousness. After three years studying at Oxford, and alongside work as a lecturer in History and Government, he went on to serve on his local council before succeeding another mentor, Leo Abse, as MP for his home constituency Torfaen in 1987. His time in government from 1997 onwards included seven years as Secretary of State for Wales and for Northern Ireland, in the Cabinets of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. The book provides unique insights into Murphy’s leading role at times of major constitutional change, and of the pivotal part he played as Northern Ireland Minister under Mo Mowlam in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement.


List of Illustrations
Foreword by Kim Howells
Early Days
“West Mon”
Apprenticeship 1970-1987
Opposition 1987-1997
Northern Ireland 1997-1999
In Cabinet 1999-2002
Ulster Again 2002-2005
Spies and Wales Again 2005-2010
2010 and After

About the Author(s)

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy twice served as Welsh Secretary in the UK Government, first from 1999 to 2002 and secondly form 2008 to 2009. He also held the post of Northern Ireland Secretary in the Labour government between 2002 and 2005. He was MP for Torfaen from 1987 to 2015 and now sits in the House of Lords as Lord Murphy of Torfaen.

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