David Morris (Conservative politician)
|Member of Parliament
for Morecambe and Lunesdale
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Geraldine Smith|
3 January 1966 |
Leigh, Lancashire, England
David Morris (born 3 January 1966, Leigh, Greater Manchester, England) is a British Conservative Party politician. He is Member of Parliament (MP) for Morecambe and Lunesdale in Lancashire, England.
The son of an ex-Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander turned civilian harbour master, Morris spent his youth in places as far afield as Hong Kong and the Bahamas, where the family's neighbours included actors Sean Connery and Elizabeth Taylor. He was educated at St Andrew's School in Nassau, Bahamas.
After applying and failing to get into the Royal Navy because of his short sightedness, Morris apprenticed as a hairdresser, eventually working as a stylist for Pierre Alexandre Salon.
His hobby was playing the electric guitar, and he joined a teenage band in which Richard "Rick" Astley was the drummer. After leaving school at 16 and whilst training as a hairdresser, Morris and Astley played the Northern club circuit at night in bands including 'Give Way' – specialising in covering Beatles and Shadows songs – and 'FBI', a soul music band which won several local talent competitions. After the lead singer left FBI, Morris also left the band to concentrate on hairdressing. Astley had stepped up to take over vocals, and after being spotted by Pete Waterman was signed by Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Signed under a separate SAW contract, Morris rejoined Astley's backing band, and although being the guitar player, appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops faking playing a keyboard for the song "She Wants to Dance with Me". Morris also wrote songs, both for Astley and other SAW performers including Sonia, Brother Beyond and Jason Donovan.
Morris won Morecambe and Lunesdale at the 2010 general election, defeating Labour's Geraldine Smith by 866 votes. Morris is a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, for which he has the honorary title Lieutenant Commander.
Divorced, he has two teenage sons. He met with controversy in 2011, after being photographed in a seemingly intimate embrace with his 23-year-old researcher, whilst already having a long-term girlfriend.
- Morris is a friend of the actor and musician David Hasselhoff, whom he welcomed to the House of Commons in February 2011 as part of the campaign to reopen the Morecambe Winter Gardens.
- Morris' son Thomas recently wrote about his experience working for his father in Epolitix.com.
- "Who's Who". Ukwhoswho.com. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
- "Morecambe and Lunesdale". BBC Election 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
- "MP David Morris on his journey from pop to politics". BBC. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- "Rick Astley – About". lookstudio.com. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
- "The Hit Fac-Tory". Lancashire Evening Post. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
- "David Morris – Your Parliamentary Candidate". Morecambe and Lunesdale Conservatives. 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- Ryan Parry (2 July 2011). "Tory MP David Morris seen in clinch with his young researcher – Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
- "David Hasselhoff in surprise meeting with David Cameron". BBC News. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
- "The week in Parliament – a teenager's view". ePolitix.com. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Morecambe and Lunesdale