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Life celebration held in Manchester for Lord Alfred Morris in recognition of world-changing disabled work

By Dean Wilkins

A book of condolence will be opened for Lord Alfred Morris at Manchester Town Hall tomorrow to commemorate his life.

Lord Morris served as Wythenshawe’s MP for 33 years from 1964 and died aged 84 in hospital on August 12 after a short illness.

Throughout his life in parliament, Lord Morris worked industriously for the rights of disabled people and his campaigning earned him world-wide recognition.

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. He 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.”

Following his successful 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.

And 20 years later 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.

The book of condolence will be opened on Tuesday at 10am and will remain open until September 4 – it will be placed in Manchester Town Hall by the main reception desk, near the Albert Square entrance.

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