Dis­abled rights peer Alf passes

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DIS­ABIL­ITY rights pi­o­neer and Labour peer Lord Mor­ris of Manch­ester has died at the age of 84.

As Alf Mor­ris, he was MP for Manch­ester Wythen­shawe from 1964 to 1997 and be­came the UK’s first Min­is­ter for the Dis­abled in 1974.

His work led to the first dis­abil­ity rights leg­is­la­tion, 1970’s Chron­i­cally Sick and Dis­abled Per­sons Act.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he was deeply sad­dened and de­scribed the peer as “a Labour man through and through.”

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