Goronwy Roberts, Baron Goronwy-Roberts

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Goronwy Owen Goronwy-Roberts, Baron Goronwy-Roberts PC, MA (20 September 1913 – 23 July 1981) was a Labour Member of Parliament. The younger son of E. E. and Amelia Roberts from Bethesda, Gwynedd, he was educated at the University of Wales and the University of London and appointed a Fellow of the University of Wales in 1938.

He was MP for Caernarvonshire from 1945 (when he replaced the similarly named Liberal MP Goronwy Owen) until 1950, and then for Caernarvon from 1950 until February 1974, when he lost his seat to Dafydd Wigley of Plaid Cymru. Since then, no Labour candidate has won the seat. He was a Member of the House of Commons Panel of Chairmen in 1963-64, and served in government as Minister of State at the Welsh Office from 1964–66, Minister of State, Education and Science from 1966–67, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1967-69, Minister of State for Trade 1969-70. When Labour lost power in 1970, Roberts became an opposition spokesman on Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

On his defeat at the February General election in 1974 he was created a life peer as Baron Goronwy-Roberts, of Caernarfon and of Ogwen in the County of Caernarfonshire.[1] He returned to government as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1974-75 and as Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1975-79. He was Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, 1975-79.

He was a Member of the Court of Governors of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and of the National Museum of Wales, and of the Fabian Society. He was appointed a FRSA in 1968 and an Honorary Freeman of the Royal Borough of Caernarfon in 1972.

He was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1968.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Goronwy Owen
Member of Parliament for Caernarvonshire
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
David Price-White
Member of Parliament for Caernarvon
1950Feb. 1974
Succeeded by
Dafydd Wigley