Moelwyn Hughes

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Goronwy "Ronw" Moelwyn Hughes (6 October 1897 – 1 November 1955), known as Moelwyn Hughes was a Welsh lawyer and a Liberal and Labour politician who was elected to two short terms as a Member of Parliament (MP).

Moelwyn Hughes
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Member of Parliament
for Islington North
In office
23 February 1950 – 5 October 1951
Preceded byLeslie Haden-Guest
Succeeded byWilfred Fienburgh
Member of Parliament
for Carmarthen
In office
26 March 1941 – 15 June 1945
Preceded byDaniel Hopkin
Succeeded byRhys Hopkin Morris
Personal details
Goronwy Moelwyn Hughes[1]

(1897-10-06)6 October 1897
Cardigan, Wales
Died1 November 1955(1955-11-01) (aged 58)
Political partyLabour (after 1935)
Liberal (before 1935)
Spouse(s)Louise Mary Greer
Parent(s)John Gruffyd Moelwyn Hughes
Anna Maria (Mya) Lewis
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge

Early lifeEdit

Born in Cardigan, Wales, Hughes was the son of J.G. Moelwyn Hughes (1866–1944) and his wife Mya (née Lewis). Rev Hughes was a Presbyterian minister who became Moderator of the General Assembly in 1936, and was a lyric poet, hymn writer, and philosopher. A pacifist and Liberal party supporter, he followed his son's switch in political allegiance to Labour. The younger Hughes was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he gained a First Class Honours degree in Law. His family moved to Birkenhead in 1917, and Hughes was elected there as a local councillor. Goronwy had one sister and four brothers, including Emyr Alun Moelwyn-Hughes (1905-1978), a distinguished physical chemist and academic author in the department of physical chemistry at Cambridge University.

Political careerEdit

At the 1929 general election, he stood as a Liberal candidate in the safe Labour Party-held constituency of Rhondda West, losing heavily to the sitting Labour MP William John.[2] In October 1930 he was chosen as Liberal candidate for the more winnable Southport[3] seat but at the 1931 general election, he was well beaten by the Conservative candidate. Soon after Hughes joined the Labour Party, and stood unsuccessfully as the Labour candidate in the Cardiganshire constituency at the 1935 general election.[4][2]

He was elected to the House of Commons at an unopposed by-election in 1941, as Member of Parliament for Carmarthen, following the resignation of Labour MP Major Daniel Hopkin MC.[2] However, at the 1945 general election, he lost the seat by 1,279 votes to the Liberal candidate Rhys Hopkin Morris.

Hughes returned to Parliament at the 1950 general election, when he was elected as (MP) for the safe Labour seat of Islington North, in North London.[5] He represented the constituency for only one year, until he stepped down at the 1951 general election. A block of flats in Hilldrop Crescent, Holloway, in Islington North, is named Moelwyn Hughes Court.

Moelwyn Hughes ReportEdit

In March 1946 33 people were killed and hundreds injured at the Burnden Park grounds of Bolton Wanderers football club, who were playing Stoke City in an FA Cup match. Hughes was appointed to lead the official inquiry into the disaster, and his report recommended limitations on crowd sizes. An estimated 85,000 fans were present in a stadium with capacity for only 60,000.

Private lifeEdit

Ronw's wife Louise Mary, eldest daughter of the judge Arthur Greer, 1st Baron Fairfield, survived him on his death in 1955 at the age of 58. They had two sons and one daughter.


  1. ^ "Hughes, Goronwy [Ronw] Moelwyn (1897-1955), lawyer and politician". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/54020. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ a b c Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1969). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949. Glasgow: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0-900178-01-9.
  3. ^ Southport Liberal Association - The first 100 years
  4. ^ Silent film footage of his 1935 election campaign in Cardiganshire is available online at the Welsh "Gathering the Jewels" website
  5. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1950.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Carmarthen
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Preceded by Member of Parliament for Islington North
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Professional and academic associations
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Humphrey D. Roberts
President of the Aberystwyth Old Students' Association
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Dr E. Davies-Thomas