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Temple-Morris, Lord; papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 TEMPLM

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Lord Temple-Morris Papers

Short Title: Temple-Morris, Lord; papers

Creation date(s): 1960s - 2000s

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.2 cubic metres (19 boxes, 1 large box, 1 small box)

Name of creator(s): Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris, of Llandaff in the County of South Glamorgan and of Leominster in the County of Herefordshire


Administrative/Biographical history: Peter Temple-Morris was born on February 12th 1938 in Cardiff and was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Leominster in February 1974. He resigned from the Conservative Party over disagreements with the leadership over the Euro shortly after being re-elected in 1997 and sat as an Independent One Nation Conservative until he joined the Labour Party in June 1998. He did not contest the 2001 election and was elevated to the peerage as Baron Temple-Morris of Llandaff in the County of South Glamorgan and of Leominster in the County of Herefordshire. He served as chair of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union 1982-85 and the first British co-chairman of the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body 1990-97. He was a member of various left groupings in the Conservative Party including the Lollards, the Macleod Group and Mainstream. A strong supporter of Michael Heseltine, he was the subject of an unsuccessful deselection attempt over his role in the ousting of Margaret Thatcher as leader of the Conservative Party. He was educated at Hillstone School, Malvern, Malvern College and received a BA in law in 1961 and an MA in 1965 from St. Catharine's College, Cambridge (MA). He was called to Bar at Inner Temple in 1962 acted as Judge's Marshal on the Midland Circuit in 1958, practiced on the Wales and Chester Circuit between 1963 and 1966 and the London and South East Circuit between 1966 and 1976. Before being elected at Leominster he contested Newport in 1964 and 1966 and Norwood in 1970.


Scope and content/abstract: The political papers of Lord Temple-Morris, including correspondence, addresses and articles on a variety of subjects during the course of his career. Topics covered include the political situation in Iran following the 1979 revolution, UK-Iranian relations, UK-Ireland relations and efforts to establish the peace process in Northern Ireland, pro-European groupings within the Conservative Party and his defection from the Conservatives to the Labour party. The papers are arranged into 5 groups; prospective parliamentary candidate and member of Parliament, 1961-1997; Conservative Party papers, 1966-1997; Parliamentary papers, 1974-2010; defection papers 1997-1998; and personal correspondence, 1976-2006.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Duplicate copies of leaflets, pamphlets and newspaper articles have been removed. Copies of conference handbooks and election campaign handbooks have been transferred to the periodicals collection.

Accruals: Accruals are likely

Archival history: The papers were accumulated by Lord Temple-Morris during the course of his political career.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Lord Temple-Morris in October 2009.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Robert Phillips. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Dodd's Parliamentary Companion, Who's Who, material in the Baron Temple-Morris papers

Rules or conventions: Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2015.

Great Britain | Politics and government | 20th century

Personal names
Temple-Morris , Peter , 1938- , Baron Temple-Morris of Llandaff in the County of S
Thatcher , Margaret

Corporate names
Conservative Party (Great Britain)
Labour Party (Great Britain)

Leominster (England)

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