Fonds GB 0210 TEMPLM - Lord Temple-Morris Papers,

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Lord Temple-Morris Papers,


  • 1929-2010 (Creation)

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20 boxes, 1 small box; 1.8 cubic metres.

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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.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Lord Temple-Morris; London ; Donation ; October 2009 ; 004914147. Additional material donated by Lord Temple-Morris February 2016 (M/1, M/2, M4/1 - M4/4) and October 2016 (M/3 and added to M4/2).

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Scope and content

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 6 groups; prospective parliamentary candidate and member of Parliament, 1961-1997; Conservative Party papers, 1966-1997; Parliamentary papers, 1974-2010; defection papers 1997-1998; personal correspondence, 1976-2006 and 2016 donations.

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Action: 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..


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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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One box includes printed material.


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Preferred citation: Lord Temple-Morris Papers

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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  • English



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

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