Emlyn Hooson, Baron Hooson
Hooson was born at Colomendy in Denbighshire, the son of Hugh and Elsie Hooson. He was educated at Denbigh Grammar School and read law at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, on a corvette in the north Atlantic.
In 1970 he appeared for the Ministry of Defence at a public inquiry over plans to move its experimental range from Shoeburyness to Pembrey, near Carmarthen.
He went on to become Recorder at both Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea in 1971, Elected Leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit 1971 to 1974, and was a Recorder of Crown Courts from 1972 until 1991, as well as a Deputy High Court Judge.
He was President of the Cambrian Law Review and has the Hon. Professional Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
He became MP for Montgomeryshire at a 1962 by-election following the death of Clement Davies, as a member of the Liberal Party. He contested the Liberal Party leadership election of 1967, but withdrew in favour of Jeremy Thorpe.
In 1979, he lost his seat to the Conservatives and was then appointed a life peer as Baron Hooson, of Montgomery in the County of Powys and of Colomendy in the County of Clwyd. Apart from the four years which followed his defeat, and again at the 2010 general election, Montgomeryshire has elected Liberal or Liberal-affiliated candidates since 1880.
Personal life and other interests
In 1950, Hooson married Shirley Hamer, daughter of Sir George Hamer, Lord Lieutenant of Montgomeryshire. They had two daughters, Sioned and Lowri. He sent his daughters to London’s only Welsh-speaking school, and chaired its governors. The family home was in Llanidloes, where Lord Hooson's funeral was held in the China Street Chapel.
In 1980 he chaired a consortium which bid for the Wales and West television franchise, and became a member of the ITV Advisory Council.
In 1985, Emlyn Hooson became a non-executive director of Laura Ashley, and was later made Chairman in 1995. He was already Chairman of the Trustees of the Laura Ashley Foundation, a post he filled from 1986 to 1997.
He became President of the National Eisteddfod of Wales at Newtown in 1966 and the following year, he was made Honorary White Bard of the National Gorsedd of Bards. Between 1987 and 1993, Hooson was the President of the International Eisteddfod, held annually at Llangollen.
Lord and Lady Hooson also held the position of President of Llidiartywaen Young Farmers Club for many years. Until his ill health, an annual occurrence was the young farmers being invited in every Christmas Eve to sing carols around the fireside.
- Lord Hooson Papers http://www.archiveswales.org.uk/anw/get_collection.php?inst_id=1&coll_id=223&expand=
- The Guardian: Emlyn Hooson obituary http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/feb/26/lord-hooson
- Liberal Democrats: official biography http://www.libdems.org.uk/peers_detail.aspx?name=Lord_Hooson&pPK=a7599960-def2-4c70-9729-8103c7a254c0
- Lloyd George Society: Tributes for Lord Hooson http://lloydgeorgesociety.org.uk/en/article/2012/562334/tributes-for-lord-hooson-the-society-loses-a-valued-a-vice-president
- Daily Telegraph: Lord Hooson obituary http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9098845/Lord-Hooson.html
- Hundreds pay last respects to great Lord Hooson http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/news/i/22844/
- The Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Ltd, 1950 & 1966
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the Welsh Liberal Party
|President of the Welsh Liberal Party