Lord Alf Morris of Manchester
Tuesday 14 August 2012
It is great sadness that DLF reports that our Vice-President and longstanding supporter, Lord Alf Morris of Manchester has died at the age of 84.
Lord Morris was a pioneer for the rights of disabled people in the UK and it was his private member’s bill that led to the first disability rights legislation, 1970's Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.
The Act set down specific provisions to improve access and support for people with disabilities. It was a watershed moment for disabled people in the UK.
In 1974, Alf became the world’s first ever Minister for Disabled People and he was dogged in his determination to secure more freedom and respect for disabled people. His tenacity in parliament was critical in securing the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995.
Lord Morris was a close and enthusiastic ally of DLF, calling our mission to help older and disabled people to live independently at home his “priority of priorities”.
DLF’s CEO, Chris Shaw, said today, “Alf Morris was there at the very beginning of our journey in 1969, energetically supporting our campaigns and fundraising drives. His spirit will continue to inspire our efforts in the years to come”.
Our deepest sympathies are with his wife, Irene, and his two sons and two daughters.