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Wednesday 7 June, 2023

Professor Sir Deian Hopkin, President of the Cymmrodorion, said:

“It is with great sadness that the Cymmrodorion has learned of the death of one of its long-serving Vice-Presidents, Lord Morris of Aberavon. On behalf of the Society, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to his family and friends.”

“John Morris was a distinguished public servant, unique in serving in the governments of three Labour Prime Ministers, including serving as Secretary of State for Wales, and was a dedicated MP for his constituency for over forty years. Beyond politics, he made substantive contributions to Welsh public life and academia as Chancellor of Glamorgan University and its successor, the University of South Wales, and President of the London Welsh Trust.”

“Over recent decades, the Cymmrodorion was fortunate to have such an advocate for its work. John will rightly be remembered as one of the key architects of Welsh devolution, a cause he championed in the Labour Party and more widely across the country for more than half a century.”

“John Morris’s intellect, leadership and unwavering commitment to Wales will be sorely missed.”