05 January 2006

Former Northern Secretary Rees dies aged 85


05 January 2006 12:26

Former British Northern Secretary, Lord Merlyn-Rees, has died aged 85.

Lord Rees was Northern Secretary from March 1974 until September 1976.

He was an effective minister, whose natural instinct was to unify and moderate in the face of conflict and extremism.

Lord Merlyn-Rees spent the great bulk of his 30 years in the House of Commons on the front bench, either in Government or Opposition.

His decision in the early 1980s not to seek re-election on to the shadow cabinet made him one of the most experienced and seasoned back-benchers on either side of the House.

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