The British Polio Fellowship patron and leading disability rights pioneer Lord Morris of Manchester, has died at the age of 84.
Alf Morris was the UK’s first minister for the disabled in 1974 and during his career worked tirelessly to secure equal opportunities for disabled people including helping to create the first disability rights legislation; the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act.
Ted Hill, CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, commented: “Lord Morris’ tireless work to secure equality for the disabled is truly inspirational and our society owes him a great debt. With the London Paralympics only round the corner it’s very sad Lord Morris will no longer be around to celebrate the successes of our British paralympians. However, his legacy will live on for many years.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”