Maurice George Morrow, Baron Morrow (born 27 September 1948) is a Northern Irish unionist politician. He was made a life peer in June 2006. He was also a councillor on Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council representing Dungannon Town.
The Lord Morrow
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
7 June 2006
|Minister for Communities|
12 January 2016 – May 2016
|First Minister||Arlene Foster|
|Deputy First Minister||Martin McGuinness|
|Preceded by||Mervyn Storey|
|Succeeded by||Paul Givan|
|Minister for Social Development|
|First Minister||David Trimble|
|Deputy First Minister||Seamus Mallon|
|Preceded by||Nigel Dodds|
|Succeeded by||Nigel Dodds|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly |
for Fermanagh & South Tyrone
25 June 1998 – 26 January 2017
|Preceded by||Constituency created|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished|
Maurice George Morrow
27 September 1948
Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Democratic Unionist Party|
He was educated at Ballygawley Primary School, Dungannon Secondary and Dungannon Technical College, following which he pursued a career as an estate agent. His political career began in 1973 when he was elected to Fermanagh District Council. He served as a MLA of the Northern Ireland Assembly from 1998, until losing his seat in 2017. In July 2000 he became Minister for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Executive, a position held until October 2001, during which time he was credited with implementing policies recognising the needs of the elderly, the farming community and introduced new measures to tackle welfare fraud.
It was announced on 11 April 2006 that Morrow would be one of the first three members of the DUP to be created life peers, giving the party its first representation in the House of Lords. He was created Baron Morrow, of Clogher Valley in the County of Tyrone, on 7 June 2006 and was formally introduced to the House of Lords on 27 June.
The other DUP peers appointed as "working" life peers were Wallace Browne, former Lord Mayor of Belfast, and Eileen Paisley, a former vice-president of the DUP and wife of the late Leader of the DUP, Ian Paisley. At the same time, it was announced that David Trimble, former MP and former leader of the Ulster Unionists, was also being appointed as a working life peer.
Morrow is married and has two daughters. He maintains an interest in rural development.
After hearing testimony about children and adults forced to work in brothels, farms and factories, including that of a Romanian woman who had been kidnapped in London and forced to work as a prostitute in Ireland, he put forward a bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly: the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act, passed in 2015, which made Northern Ireland the first and only place in the UK where the act of buying sex is a crime. The act of selling sex, by contrast, was decriminalised. The law was opposed by campaigners who wished to see the total decriminalisation of sex work. An application for judicial review failed on the death of the campaigner who had proposed it.
- "MLA Details: Lord Morrow of Clogher Valley". Aims.niassembly.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- "No. 58007". The London Gazette. 12 June 2006. p. 8001.
- Minute Office, House of Lords. "House of Lords - Minute". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- Harrison, Claire. "The Belfast Telegraph - Business as usual, burgled MLA Maurice Morrow vows". The Belfast Telegraph. The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- "Lord Morrow's Dungannon office ransacked". BBC News. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
- "'I was kidnapped in London and trafficked for sex'". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- Laura Lee. "'Lies, damn lies and TORL statistics'". Laura Lee. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "Laura Lee legal battle over prostitution laws formally withdrawn following her death". Retrieved 19 January 2019.
- "TheyWorkForYou Voting Record, Lord Morrow". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
- "Raising Undergraduate Tuition Fees, Full Debate". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
- Maurice Morrow MLA, DUP website
- List of Members, House of Lords
- Notice of Lord Morrow's Introduction, House of Lords – Minute
- Four new unionist peers appointed, BBC News, 11 April 2006
- TheyWorkForYou Voting Record, TheyWorkForYou TheyWorkForYou
|Northern Ireland Forum|
|New forum|| Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|New assembly|| MLA for Fermanagh & South Tyrone
|Party political offices|
| Chairman of the Democratic Unionist Party
| Minister for Social Development
| Minister for Communities