MERLYN MERLYN-REES, BARON MERLYN-REES, PC (18 December 1920 – 5
January 2006), born MERLYN REES, was a Welsh-born Labour party Member
of Parliament from 1963 until 1992, who served as Secretary of State
Northern Ireland (1974–76) and
Home Secretary (1976–79).
* 1 Early life
* 2 Member of Parliament
* 2.1 Retirement
* 3 Death
* 3.1 Legacy
* 4 References
* 5 Reading
* 6 External links
Born in Cilfynydd, near
Glamorgan , Wales, and educated
Grammar School , Harrow , England and Goldsmiths
College , London where he was president of the students\' union from
1939 to 1941. He served in the RAF the
University of Nottingham
University of Nottingham Air
World War II
World War II , becoming a squadron leader at 25. He
London School of Economics
London School of Economics where he received BSc(Econ)
and MSc(Econ) . He was appointed schoolmaster at his old school in
Harrow in 1949, teaching economics and history. He taught for eleven
years, during which time he was three times an unsuccessful
parliamentary candidate for Harrow East , in 1955 , 1959 , and in a
1959 by-election . He was a member of the
Institute of Education at
University of London
University of London from 1959 to 1962.
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
At a by-election in 1963 , he stood successfully as the Labour
Leeds South , succeeding Labour leader
Hugh Gaitskell ,
who had died in office. He held the seat until he stepped down from
the House of Commons at the 1992 general election . The constituency
was renamed as Morley and
Leeds South in 1983. He was Secretary of
Northern Ireland from March 1974 until September 1976, when
he was appointed
Home Secretary . For two years before the Labour
government came to power in 1974 he had been Labour Party spokesman on
Northern Ireland . Rees wrote of his views on
Northern Ireland in:
Northern Ireland: a Personal Perspective. One month after his
appointment as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rees lifted
the proscription against the illegal loyalist paramilitary
organisation, the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) in an attempt to bring
them into the democratic process, however, the organisation was
implicated in the
Dublin and Monaghan bombings
Dublin and Monaghan bombings on 17 May 1974 and the
group was once more banned by the British Government on 3 October
Merlyn Rees Avenue, street sign in Morley ,
When he retired from the House of Commons in 1992, he was created a
life peer as BARON MERLYN-REES, of Morley and South
Leeds in the
West Yorkshire and of
Cilfynydd in the County of Mid
Glamorgan and entered the
House of Lords
House of Lords , having changed his name,
on 23 June 1992, by deed poll to Merlyn Merlyn-Rees to allow his
title to be Merlyn-Rees rather than Rees.
He was president of the
Video Standards Council from 1990 and was the
first Chancellor of the University of
Glamorgan , a position he held
from 1994 to 2002.
He suffered injuries in a number of falls, and failing to recover
from these, fell into a coma, dying at the age of 85. He was survived
by his wife Colleen and three sons.
Merlyn Rees Avenue in Morley ,
West Yorkshire is named after Rees.
Merlyn Rees Community High School in Belle Isle ,
Leeds was named
after Rees until its merger with Mathew Murray Comprehensive School in
2006 when it was renamed South
Leeds High School .
* ^ London: Methuen, 1985. ISBN 0-413-52590-2
* ^ Taylor, Peter (1999). Loyalists. London: Bloomsbury Publishing
Plc, p. 124.
* ^ "No. 52982".
The London Gazette
The London Gazette . 6 July 1992. p. 11339.
* ^ "No. 52985".
The London Gazette
The London Gazette . 8 July 1992. p. 11569.
* ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3664283.stm
* BBC News (5 January 2006). “Peer\'s roots in \'gifted\'
street”. Retrieved 15 January 2006.
* "Belfast years remembered for vacillation in face of loyalist
strike" (5 January 2006). The Irish Times, p. 14.
* Wakefieldtoday.co.uk."Your Online Guide to Yorkshire People".
Retrieved 15 January 2006.
* Merlyn Rees, "Northern Ireland: a personal perspective", London: