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MP Paul Goggins pays tribute to Lord Alf Morris
12:00pm Saturday 18th August 2012 in News
WYTHENSHAWE and Sale East MP Paul Goggins has paid tribute to disability rights pioneer and Labour peer Lord Morris of Manchester, who died on Sunday (August 12) at the age of 84.
Alf Morris served as Member of Parliament for Manchester Wythenshawe from 1964 until 1997.
His work led to the first disability rights legislation, the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act in 1970.
He became the UK's first minister for the disabled in 1974.
Mr Goggins said: “Alf Morris was a true champion of people in need or distress.
“He was Wythenshawe’s MP for 33 years and there remains a deep gratitude for all he did on behalf of the local community. Alf would not tolerate any form of injustice and there is great warmth and affection for a man who was their friend and fearless campaigner.
“One of Alf’s greatest achievements was the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act which for the first time gave disabled people rights and an equal place in society. His legislation led to many things that we take for granted today, including access for disabled people to public buildings and adaptations that enable disabled people to stay in their own home.
“Alf was a very kind man, with a ready wit and a determination to give priority to the needs of those on the edge of society.
“I am personally grateful to Alf for the guidance and support he gave to me over the years, particularly after I was first elected as MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East in 1997. “ He is survived by his wife, Irene, two sons and two daughters.