Manchester City Council

Book of condolence opened for Lord Alfred Morris

A book of condolence will be opened for Lord Alfred Morris at 10am on Tuesday 21 August, at Manchester Town Hall.

Lord Morris died in hospital on Sunday 12 August 2012 after a short illness, aged 84. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1964 until 1997, representing Wythenshawe. During his time in parliament Lord Morris worked tirelessly for the rights of disabled people and his campaigning earned him world-wide recognition.

Following his successfully introduction of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Act in 1970, the first act anywhere to recognise and give rights to people with disabilities, Lord Morris became the world's first Minister for the Disabled in 1974.

In 1991 Lord Morris introduced a Civil Rights (Disabled Persons) bill and led campaigns on Gulf War Syndrome.

In 1997 he was made a life peer as Lord Morris of Manchester.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, whom he married in 1950, and their two sons and two daughters.

Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Elaine Boyes said, "I'd like to urge everyone in Manchester to sign the book of condolence for Lord Morris.

"Lord Morris dedicated his life to public service and battled indefatigably for the rights of disabled people. Lord Morris made a very real difference to people's lives and it is only right we pay tribute to all he achieved."

"My thoughts and sympathy go out to Lord Morris' friends and family while we remember his important work"

The book of condolence will be opened on Tuesday 21 August and placed in Manchester Town Hall by the main reception desk, near the Albert Square entrance. The book will remain open until Tuesday 4 September.

A memorial service for Lord Morris will be held on Friday 12 October, 12 noon, at St Anthony's RC Church, Dunkery Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 OWR.