Emlyn Hooson, Baron Hooson
The Lord Hooson
|Member of the House of Lords |
26 July 1979 – 21 February 2012
|Member of Parliament|
15 May 1962 – 7 April 1979
|Preceded by||Clement Davies|
|Succeeded by||Delwyn Williams|
Hugh Emlyn Hooson
26 March 1925
Colomendy, Denbighshire, Wales, UK
|Died||21 February 2012 (aged 86)|
|Political party||Liberal Democrats (1988-2012)|
Liberal (Until 1988)
|Spouse(s)||Shirley Hamer (1950–2012)|
Hugh Emlyn Hooson, Baron Hooson, QC (26 March 1925 – 21 February 2012) was a Welsh Liberal and then Liberal Democrat politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Montgomeryshire from 1962 until 1979.
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 the Second World War, on a corvette in the north Atlantic.
He became a barrister, called to the bar by Gray's Inn in 1949, and in 1960 became one of the youngest ever Queen's Counsel, aged 35. He was chairman of the Flint Quarter Sessions from 1960 and Merioneth Quarter Sessions from 1962, until he became Recorder of Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea in 1971. He was a member of the Bar Council from 1965.
As QC, Hooson represented Ian Brady, one of the "Moors Murderers" along with Myra Hindley, when Brady was tried and convicted of three murder charges at Chester Assizes in spring 1966. He described some of the evidence against Brady as "flimsy".
He went on to become Recorder of both Merthyr Tydfil and Swansea in 1971, Elected Leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit 1971 to 1974, he was a Recorder of the Crown Court from 1972 until 1991, as well as a Deputy High Court Judge.
He was President of the Cambrian Law Review and was 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 after gaining only a quarter of the votes in the first ballot.
At the 1979 general election, Hooson 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. Montgomeryshire was regained by the Liberal Party at the next general election; it was then held by the Liberal Party and its successor party, the Liberal Democrats, until the 2010 general election.
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.
Lady Hooson died in 2018.
- "Lib Dem peer Emlyn Hooson dies, aged 86". BBC News.
- Lord Hooson Papers http://www.archiveswales.org.uk/anw/get_collection.php?inst_id=1&coll_id=223&expand=
- The Guardian: Emlyn Hooson obituary https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/feb/26/lord-hooson
- "Lord Hooson". The Telegraph. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
- Liberal Democrats: official biography "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- 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 https://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/
- Shirley (Hamer) HOOSON
Books and Journals
- Jones, J. Graham (June 1993). "The Liberal Party and Wales, 1945-79". Welsh History Review. 16 (3): 326–55. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
- 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
Sir Maldwyn Thomas