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3 January 1966 (age 58) Leigh, Lancashire, England (


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David Thomas Morris (born 3 January 1966, Leigh, Lancashire, England) is a British Conservative Party politician. He is Member of Parliament (MP) for Morecambe and Lunesdale in Lancashire, England.


Early life

The son of an ex-Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander turned civilian harbour master, Morris spent his youth in places as far afield as Hong Kong and the Bahamas, where the family's neighbours included actors Sean Connery and Elizabeth Taylor. He was educated at St Andrew's School in Nassau, Bahamas.


After applying and failing to get into the Royal Navy because of his short sightedness, Morris apprenticed as a hairdresser, eventually working as a stylist for Pierre Alexandre Salon.

His hobby was playing the electric guitar, and he joined a teenage band in which Richard "Rick" Astley was the drummer. After leaving school at 16 and whilst training as a hairdresser, Morris and Astley played the Northern club circuit at night in bands including 'Give Way' – specialising in covering Beatles and Shadows songs – and 'FBI', a soul music band which won several local talent competitions. After the lead singer left FBI, Morris also left the band to concentrate on hairdressing. Astley had stepped up to take over vocals, and after being spotted by Pete Waterman was signed by Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Signed under a separate SAW contract, Morris rejoined Astley's backing band, and although being the guitar player, appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops faking playing a keyboard for the song "She Wants to Dance with Me". Morris also wrote songs, both for Astley and other SAW performers including Sonia, Brother Beyond and Jason Donovan.

After leaving the music industry, Morris returned to hairdressing, where he built up a chain of five salons.


Selected as the Conservative candidate for Blackpool South in 2001 and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire in 2005, he failed to win either seat.

Morris won Morecambe and Lunesdale at the 2010 general election, defeating Labour's Geraldine Smith by 866 votes. He was re-elected in 2015 with a majority of 4,590 and in 2017 with a majority of 1,399.

Morris is a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, for which he has the honorary title Lieutenant Commander.

He employs his girlfriend Emma Smith as member of staff.

Morris was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum. He stated his reason for supporting remaining in the European Union was because he was "standing at the side of the Prime Minister on this one, because the Prime Minister has always stood by me and my people in Morecambe".


In November 2016 Morris was accused of claiming £1400 in car mileage for trips in the UK on dates when he was abroad on parliamentary business, for which Morris blamed the expenses watchdog.

Personal life

Divorced, he has two teenage sons.

He met with controversy in 2011 after being photographed in an embrace with his 23-year-old researcher, whilst already having a long-term girlfriend. In the 2015 General Election his girlfriend Emma Smith was also his election agent. In 2017 Morris was accused of nepotism after he hired Smith as a senior assistant in his office one day after the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority announced it would be banning such employment practices.

Morris is a friend of the actor and musician David Hasselhoff, whom he welcomed to the House of Commons in February 2011 as part of the campaign to reopen the Morecambe Winter Gardens.


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