Elliot Morley MP

Scope and Content

The material consists of constituency papers and case files which is subject to access restrictions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Elliot Anthony Morley was born in Liverpool on 6 July 1952. He attended St Margaret's C of E High School in south Liverpool and received a BEd from Hull College of Education. He was a teacher for twelve years (1975-1987) rising to the post of Head of Special Needs at Greatfield High School in Hull. He married Patricia Hunt in 1975 in Hull where he was a Labour Councillor representing the Drypool Ward (1979-1986) where he served as Chair of the City's Transport Committee.

He represented the Labour Party as MP for Glanford and Scunthorpe (1987-1997) and then Scunthorpe (1997-2010). He was an active campaigner on environmental issues having been Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Countryside & Animal Welfare (1989-1997) he then served as Fisheries Minister (1997-2003) and then Minister for Environment and Climate Change (2003-2006), he also served as Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee. He left this post and was expelled from the Privy Council in April 2011 and stripped of his Honorary Fellowship from the Institution of Civil Engineers due to the expenses scandal.

In 2009, he was accused by The Daily Telegraph of continuing to claim Parliamentary expenses for a mortgage that had already been repaid. Morley was prosecuted and in April 2011 pleaded guilty in the Crown Court at Southwark to two counts of false accounting, involving over £30,000. On 20 May 2011, he was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment and was released from prison on 20 September 2011 having served one-quarter of his sentence.

Elliot Morley has also acted as Honorary Vice President of the Association of Drainage Authorities and Wildlife and Countryside Link and Honorary President of North Lincolnshire Royal Society for the Protection of Animals. He holds an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Lincoln for services to nature conservation and is a former President of the Hull Teachers Association.

Access Information

U DMY includes items containing personal sensitive information which are not available for public inspection for 75 years. This is in accordance with Section 1 (Principles 1, 2 and 7) of the Data Protection Act 1998.

In some circumstances access may be granted for research purposes. If you are interested in this collection please contact the University Archivist, Simon Wilson, at S.Wilson@hull.ac.uk clearly outlining your interest and timescales.

Custodial History

Material donated to the archives by Elliot Morley in January 1996

Related Material

The History Centre holds the records of a number of MPs who were contemporaries of Elliot Morley:

Papers of Peter Crampton MP [U DCN]

Papers of John Prescott MP [U DMR]

Papers of Austin Mitchell MP [U DMM]

Papers of Chris Mullin MP [U DMU]

Papers of Eric Lubbock MP, 4th Baron Avebury [U DML]

Papers of J. Kevin McNamara MP [U DMC]

Papers of Sir Patrick Cormack MP [U DPK]