John Brooks, Baron Brooks of Tremorfa

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John Edward "Jack" Brooks, Baron Brooks of Tremorfa DL (born 12 April 1927)[citation needed] is a Welsh politician and boxing functionary.

Early life[edit]

The son of Edward George Brooks and Rachel White, he was educated at Coleg Harlech.


Between 1966 and 1984, Brooks was Secretary of the Labour of the Cardiff South-East constituency. In the February 1974 and October 1974 general election, he contested Barry for Labour.

Brooks was an elected Cardiff councillor for the Splott ward.[1] He became leader of South Glamorgan County Council (SGCC), known for his "strong leadership style" and his effective control of the Labour Party group during the 1980s.[2] Jack Brooks was widely seen as being enormously influential on the future leader of SGCC and Cardiff Council, Russell Goodway.[2]

In 1979, he became a life peer as Baron Brooks of Tremorfa, of Tremorfa in the County of Glamorgan. After many years acting as agent to former Prime Minister Jim Callaghan. He has further received an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC). As Deputy Chairman of the Cardiff Bay Development Corporation (and representative for the Council), he was instrumental in the redevelopment of the Docks area of Cardiff now known as Cardiff Bay.[1]

Having been vice-chairman of the British Boxing Board of Control between 1999 and 2000, he is its steward since 1986 and its president since 2004. Brooks is further chairman of the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame since 1988, and chairman of Sportsmatch Wales since 1992. In 1994, he was made a Deputy Lieutenant of South Glamorgan.

Personal life[edit]

Brooks married in 1948 and was divorced in 1956. In 1958, he married secondly Margaret Pringle. He has a son and a daughter, by his first wife, and two sons by his second wife.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Jack Brooks", South Wales Echo, 25 February 2005. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  2. ^ a b Hooper, Alan; Punter, John (2006). Capital Cardiff 1975-2020: Regeneration, Competitiveness and the Urban Environment. University of Wales Press. p. 37. ISBN 0-7083-2063-5.