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15 August 2012
Lord Morris battled tirelessly for the rights of disabled people in the UK for many years, while also serving as the long-time Labour/Co-operative MP for Manchester Wythenshawe.
He remained justifiably proud of his record. In 2007, speaking about the welfare reform bill, he could claim that: "All our current disability benefits are founded on legislation promoted in my years as minister for disabled people from 1974 to 1979: incapacity benefit, the non-contributory invalidity pension ... the mobility allowance, the disabled housewives' allowance and the carers' allowance – all of them were aimed at reducing the socially handicapping effects of disability."
We are grateful to Lord Morris for his support, for example in launching the Ataxia UK accredited Specialist Ataxia Centre at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.
Lord Morris is survived by his wife, Irene, whom he married in 1950, and their two sons and two daughters. A letter of condolence has been sent to his widow and family.