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Elystan Morgan, Baron Elystan Morgan

Nationality  Welsh
Parents  Dewi Morgan
Occupation  Judge and politician
Spouse  Alwen Roberts (m. 1959)
Name  Elystan Baron
Education  Aberystwyth University
Role  Politician

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Born  Dafydd Elystan Morgan 7 December 1932 (age 83) (1932-12-07)
Title  Baron Elystan-Morgan, of Aberteifi in the County of Dyfed
Other names  Dafydd Elystan Elystan-Morgan
Residence  'Carreg Afon', Dole, Ceredigion, Wales
Issue  Eleri Elystan Morgan (b. 1960), Owain Elystan Morgan (b. 1962)
Similar People  Dewi Morgan, Michael Bates - Baron Bat, Tariq Ahmad - Baron Ah, Saunders Lewis

Dafydd Elystan Elystan-Morgan, Baron Elystan-Morgan (born 7 December 1932), known as Elystan Morgan, is a Welsh politician. He sits as a Crossbencher in the House of Lords.

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Morgan was educated at Ardwyn Grammar School, Aberystwyth and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He became a solicitor.

Originally a Plaid Cymru candidate, Morgan contested Wrexham three times, at the by-election in 1955, and at the general elections in 1955 and in 1959, and contested Merioneth at the general election in 1964.

Morgan joined the Labour Party and was elected Member of Parliament for Cardiganshire, Wales at the 1966 general election, and served as a junior minister from 1968 to 1970, as Under-Secretary at the Home Office He was chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary Labour Party between 1971 and 1974. In the February 1974 general election, Morgan lost his seat to the Liberal, Geraint Howells. In 1979 he sought election as Labour candidate for Anglesey, following the retirement of Cledwyn Hughes, but was defeated by the Conservative, Keith Best. Following his defeat he largely withdrew from political life and concentrated on his legal career.

In 1959, Morgan married Alwen Roberts. They had two children, a daughter called Eleri born in 1960 and a son, Owain, born in 1962. Lady Elystan-Morgan died in 2006.

He was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1971, entitled to practise as a barrister. He was created a Life peer on 27 May 1981, with the title Baron Elystan-Morgan, of Aberteifi in the County of Dyfed. He held the office of Recorder between 1983 and 1987. He held the office of Circuit Judge between 1987 and 2003.

On 6 March 2007, Morgan supported the abolition of the blasphemy laws of the UK, quoting Richard Dawkins' description of God as "a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully". A deacon in the Presbyterian Church of Wales at Capel-y-Garn in Pen-y-garn, he was making the point that God did not need the protection of the law.

Works

  • Elystan - Atgofion Oes (2012)
  • References

    Elystan Morgan, Baron Elystan-Morgan Wikipedia


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