Maurice Morrow, Baron Morrow
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Morrow
|Minister for Communities|
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|
|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
25 June 1998 – 26 January 2017
|Preceded by||Constituency created|
|Succeeded by||Seat abolished|
27 September 1948 |
Ballygawley, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Democratic Unionist Party|
Maurice George Morrow, Baron Morrow (born 27 September 1948) 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. 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.
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, 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.
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 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. Sex Workers' Rights Campaigner, Laura Lee, emphasised the need to decriminalised sex work, and is currently challenging the law that criminalises sex clients.'
- "MLA Details: Lord Morrow of Clogher Valley". Aims.niassembly.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
- "No. 58007". The London Gazette. 12 June 2006. p. 8001.
- Minute Office, House of Lords. "House of Lords - Minute". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
- Harrison, Claire. "The Belfast Telegraph - Business as usual, burgled MLA Maurice Morrow vows". The Belfast Telegraph. The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
- "Lord Morrow's Dungannon office ransacked". BBC News. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
- "'Lies, damn lies and TORL statistics' by Laura Lee". Laura Lee. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
- "'Why sex work needs decriminalising' by Laura Lee". Laura Lee. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Sex worker challenges NI law criminalising clients of prostitutes". Alan Erwin. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- "TheyWorkForYou Voting Record, Lord Morrow". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
- "Raising Undergraduate Tuition Fees, Full Debate". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
- Maurice Morrow MLA, DUP website
- List of Members, House of Lords
- Notice of Lord Morrow's Introduction, House of Lords – Minute
- Four new unionist peers appointed, BBC News, 11 April 2006
- TheyWorkForYou Voting Record, TheyWorkForYou TheyWorkForYou
|Northern Ireland Forum|
|Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
1996 - 1998
|Northern Ireland Assembly|
|MLA for Fermanagh & South Tyrone
1998 – 2017
|Party political offices|
|Chairman of the Democratic Unionist Party
|Minister for Social Development
|Minister for Communities