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Maurice Morrow, Baron Morrow

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Morrow
Minister for Communities
In office
12 January 2016 – May 2016
First Minister Arlene Foster
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Preceded by Mervyn Storey
Succeeded by Paul Givan
Minister for Social Development
In office
First Minister David Trimble
Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon
Preceded by Nigel Dodds
Succeeded by Nigel Dodds
Member of the Legislative Assembly
for Fermanagh & South Tyrone
In office
25 June 1998 – 26 January 2017
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born (1948-09-27) 27 September 1948 (age 68)
Ballygawley, Northern Ireland
Nationality British
Political party Democratic Unionist Party
Children 2
Religion Free Presbyterian

Maurice George Morrow, Baron Morrow (born 27 September 1948)[1] is a Northern Irish unionist politician. He was made a life peer in June 2006. He is also a councillor on Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council representing Dungannon Town.

He was educated at Ballygawley Primary School, Dungannon Secondary and Dungannon Technical College, following which he pursued a career as an estate agent. His political career began in 1973 when he was elected to Fermanagh District Council.[citation needed] He has been an MLA in the Northern Ireland Assembly since 1998. In July 2000 he became Minister for Social Development in the Northern Ireland Executive, a position held until October 2001, during which time he was credited with implementing policies recognising the needs of the elderly, the farming community and introduced new measures to tackle welfare fraud.[citation needed]

It was announced on 11 April 2006 that Morrow would be one of the first three members of the DUP to be created life peers,[2] giving the party its first representation in the House of Lords. He was created Baron Morrow, of Clogher Valley in the County of Tyrone, on 7 June 2006 and was formally introduced to the House of Lords on 27 June.[3]

The other new DUP peers are Wallace Browne, the Lord Mayor of Belfast for 2005–6, and Eileen Paisley, a vice-president of the DUP and wife of the Leader of the DUP, Ian Paisley. All are to become "working" life peers. At the same time, it was announced that David Trimble, former MP and former leader of the Ulster Unionists, was also being appointed as a working life peer.

Morrow is married and has two daughters. He maintains an interest in rural development.

In 2012 his constituency office in Dungannon was broken into and ransacked. Maurice Morrow vowed it would be business as usual despite the burglary.[4][5]

'In 2015, Morrow introduced a private members bill which made the purchase of sex illegal in Northern Ireland, but the law became a controversial matter amongst activists and campaigners that support the decriminalisation of sex work.[6] Sex Workers' Rights Campaigner, Laura Lee, emphasised the need to decriminalised sex work,[7] and is currently challenging the law that criminalises sex clients.[8]'

Voting Record[edit]

Lord Morrow has voted consistently for educational autonomy of educational institutions (schools).[9] Lord Morrow has also voted against raising the tuition fees.[10]


  1. ^ "MLA Details: Lord Morrow of Clogher Valley". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  2. ^ "No. 58007". The London Gazette. 12 June 2006. p. 8001. 
  3. ^ Minute Office, House of Lords. "House of Lords - Minute". Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  4. ^ Harrison, Claire. "The Belfast Telegraph - Business as usual, burgled MLA Maurice Morrow vows". The Belfast Telegraph. The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lord Morrow's Dungannon office ransacked". BBC News. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  6. ^ "'Lies, damn lies and TORL statistics' by Laura Lee". Laura Lee. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "'Why sex work needs decriminalising' by Laura Lee". Laura Lee. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sex worker challenges NI law criminalising clients of prostitutes". Alan Erwin. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "TheyWorkForYou Voting Record, Lord Morrow". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Raising Undergraduate Tuition Fees, Full Debate". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 

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Northern Ireland Forum
Preceded by
New creation
Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
1996 - 1998
Succeeded by
Forum dissolved
Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
New creation
MLA for Fermanagh & South Tyrone
1998 – 2017
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Party political offices
Preceded by
James McClure
Chairman of the Democratic Unionist Party
Political offices
Preceded by
Nigel Dodds
Minister for Social Development
Succeeded by
Nigel Dodds
Preceded by
Mervyn Storey
Minister for Communities
Succeeded by
Paul Givan