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John Morris Papers,
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1979 general election,

Stray papers and press cuttings relating to the preparations of the Labour Party for the 1979 general election campaign, including several policy statements.

1979 General Election,

Correspondence and papers relating mainly to the 1979 general election in the Aberavon constituency. There is also some material deriving from the Labour campaign in other Welsh constituencies in 1979.

Labour Party (Great Britain)

Aberavon constituency,

General correspondence relating to constituency matters, including several copies of letters from the Aberavon Constituency Labour Party. Includes a letter from James Griffiths.

Griffiths, James, 1890-1975

Aberavon nomination,

Correspondence and papers relating mainly to the nomination of John Morris as the Labour candidate for the Aberavon constituency.

Aberfan disaster petition,

Copies of a petition presented to John Morris as Member of Parliament to bring pressure on the government for an immediate survey of potentially dangerous coal tips in south Wales.

Baglan Road,

The papers concern the drainage of properties at Pentwyn, Baglan Road, Port Talbot.

Bills and Acts of Parliament,

Correspondence, circular notices and notes relating to various bills before parliament and acts passed. Many of the correspondents seek legal advice from John Morris in his capacity as a barrister. At the time John Morris was a bencher of Gray's Inn.

Carl Bridgewater case,

Copies of letters attempting to overturn the verdict in the Carl Bridgewater case. The Bridgewater Four was the collective name given to the men who were tried and found guilty of killing teenage paper boy Carl Bridgewater ( 1965 -1978). He was shot in the head at close range. After eighteen years their convictions were finally overturned. The case has never been solved.

Congratulatory messages,

Congratulatory letters and messages to John Morris on his appointment as Secretary of State for Wales by Harold Wilson. The file includes some longer letters reflecting on the work of the Welsh Office and its future potential, the progress and future of devolution, and the development of John Morris's political career.

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