Delyth Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Drefelin
|The Right Honourable
The Baroness Morgan of Drefelin
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families|
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||Kevin Brennan|
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Intellectual Property and Quality|
27 June 2007 – 5 October 2008
30 August 1961 |
|Spouse(s)||Jim Shepherd (1991-present)|
|Alma mater||University College, London|
Delyth Jane Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Drefelin (born 30 August 1961), is a Crossbench peer in the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, having formerly sat as a Labour peer. She was raised to the peerage in 2004 and appointed Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Campaign in 2011. She was educated at Bedford College, London, BSc Physiology & Biochemistry, 1983, now part of Royal Holloway, University of London, and also University College London. She was president of the London University Union (1985–86).
Before being raised to the peerage Morgan had a long and successful career in the voluntary sector, including a decade at the helm of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. She played a leading role in creating breast cancer as a high profile issue when it had been a hidden and rarely discussed condition. She also led fund raising efforts which resulted in the opening in 1999 of the UK's first dedicated breast cancer research facility, the Breakthrough Toby Robins Breast Cancer Research Centre at the Institute of Cancer Research.
On 5 October 2008, Morgan was announced as Minister for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, replacing Kevin Brennan. She was previously Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Intellectual Property and Quality) in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
Baroness Morgan has held the following positions in the House of Lords:
- Government Whip, 2007–08
- Government Spokesperson for:
- Communities and Local Government, 2007–08
- Work and Pensions, 2007–08
- Scotland, 2007–08
- Wales, 2007
- Cabinet Office, 2008
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Intellectual Property and Quality), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, 2008
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2008–2010
- Opposition spokesperson for education, 2010
She worked in London for many years prior to being raised to the peerage. After joining the House of Lords she purchased a property in Cardiganshire and designated this as her main home for expenses purposes. Following a complaint the House of Lords Privilege and Conduct Committee found there had been no breach of the rules.
Morgan was made a Fellow of University College London (her alma mater) in 2005, a Founding Fellow of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Cancer Research in 2006 and, in 2005, an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University.
Morgan is of Welsh heritage. She divides her time between Wales and London and lives with her husband. She has one daughter, presently[when?] at university. In her spare time she enjoys walking, kayaking and listening to and playing live music.
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- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at PublicWhip.org
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou.com
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