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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 for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
(1974–76) and Home Secretary
Home Secretary


* 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 Pontypridd
, Glamorgan
, Wales, and educated at Harrow Weald Grammar School
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 Squadron during World War II
World War II
, becoming a squadron leader at 25. He attended the 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 the University of London
University of London
from 1959 to 1962.


At a by-election in 1963 , he stood successfully as the Labour candidate for Leeds
South , succeeding Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell
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 State for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
from March 1974 until September 1976, when he was appointed Home Secretary
Home Secretary
. For two years before the Labour government came to power in 1974 he had been Labour Party spokesman on Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
. Rees wrote of his views on Northern Ireland
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 1975.


Merlyn Rees
Merlyn Rees
Avenue, street sign in Morley , West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire

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 County of West Yorkshire
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
Merlyn Rees
Avenue in Morley , West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire
is named after Rees. Merlyn 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: Methuen, 1985.