Michael Morris, Baron Naseby

Michael Wolfgang Laurence Morris, Baron Naseby, PC (born 25 November 1936) is a British Conservative Party politician.

The Lord Naseby

Morris in 2019
Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons
Chairman of Ways and Means
In office
6 May 1992  14 May 1997
SpeakerBetty Boothroyd
Preceded byHarold Walker
Succeeded byAlan Haselhurst
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
11 November 1997
Life Peerage
Member of Parliament
for Northampton South
In office
28 February 1974  8 April 1997
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byTony Clarke
Personal details
Born (1936-11-25) 25 November 1936 (age 84)
London, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Jennifer Margaret Childs
Alma materSt Catharine's College, Cambridge

Early life

Born in London and educated at Bedford School and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, he contested Islington North at the 1966 general election, being beaten by Labour's Gerry Reynolds.

Parliamentary career

Morris was first elected to the House of Commons at the February 1974 general election for the then-marginal seat of Northampton South.[1] His majority was just 179 in February 1974, and 141 in October 1974. In 1983 boundary changes turned it into a safe Conservative seat. Morris oversaw the passing of the Maastricht Treaty in the Commons in his role as Deputy Speaker. He was defeated by 744 votes at the 1997 general election,[2][3] when the Labour Party under Tony Blair won a landslide victory.

From 1992, Morris held the non-voting position of Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker, and after the election he accepted a life peerage as Baron Naseby, of Sandy in the County of Bedfordshire on 28 October 1997.[4]

Coat of arms of Michael Morris, Baron Naseby
Upon a helm with a wreath Argent and Azure behind and grasping two pikes in saltire or beribboned Azure an eagle displayed Argent beaked and legged Or.
Azure a pall Argent cotised Or between three lotuses the corollas outwards Argent.
On either side a horse statant erect reguardant Argent maned tailed and unguled and supporting between the forelegs a mace Or.
Cogito Ergo Sum [5]


  1. "Patrons". Naseby Battlefield Project. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  2. "Northampton South". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  3. Bennetto, Jason; Russell, Ben (18 November 2005). "Two charged over leak of Blair-Bush conversation on conflict". The Independent. London. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  4. "No. 54851". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 August 1997. p. 8910. "No. 54936". The London Gazette. 3 November 1997. p. 1.
  5. Debrett's Peerage. 2000.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Northampton South
Succeeded by
Tony Clarke
Preceded by
Harold Walker
Chairman of Ways and Means
1992 – 1997
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Haselhurst
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Puttnam
Baron Naseby
Followed by
The Lord Higgins