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Frederick Elwyn Jones, Baron Elwyn-Jones

The Right Honourable
The Lord Elwyn-Jones
CH PC
Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain
In office
5 March 1974 – 4 May 1979
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
James Callaghan
Preceded by The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
Succeeded by The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
Attorney General for England and Wales
In office
16 October 1964 – 19 June 1970
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
Preceded by John Hobson
Succeeded by Peter Rawlinson
Member of Parliament
for Newham South
In office
28 February 1974 – 11 March 1974
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Nigel Spearing
Member of Parliament
for West Ham South
In office
23 February 1950 – 28 February 1974
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Member of Parliament
for Plaistow
In office
5 July 1945 – 23 February 1950
Preceded by Will Thorne
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1909-10-24)24 October 1909
Llanelli, United Kingdom
Died 4 December 1989(1989-12-04) (aged 80)
Political party Labour
Alma mater Aberystwyth University
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Frederick Elwyn Jones, Baron Elwyn-Jones, CH, PC (24 October 1909 – 4 December 1989) was a Welsh barrister and Labour politician.

Contents

  • Background and education 1
  • Legal career 2
  • Political career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • External links 5
  • References 6

Background and education

Frederick Elwyn Jones was born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, read history for one year at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and then at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He spent time in Germany in the 1930s as a young man.

Legal career

He became a barrister and Recorder of Merthyr Tydfil. He was also a broadcaster and journalist. He served as junior British Counsel during the Nuremberg Trials.[1] and led for the prosecution (Leading Prosecutor) at the Hamburg trial of Marshal Erich von Manstein in 1948.

In 1966 he led the prosecution of the Moors murderers, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Political career

At the 1945 general election, he was elected as Labour Member of Parliament for Plaistow, east London. In 1950, he became MP for West Ham South, serving until 1974. In 1964 Elwyn Jones was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Attorney General (receiving the customary knighthood[2]) by Harold Wilson, a post he held until 1970.

In February 1974, he was once again elected to Parliament, now for Newham South, but left the House of Commons soon afterwards when he was made a life peer, as Baron Elwyn-Jones, of Llanelli in the County of Carmarthen and of Newham in Greater London.[3] He then served as Lord Chancellor from 1974 to 1979, under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. In 1976 he was made a Companion of Honour.[4]

Personal life

in 1937 Elwyn Jones married Pearl (Polly) Binder, a Jewish artist from Manchester. They had three children: Josephine, Lou and Dan. Josephine became a researcher on Jacob Bronowski's TV series The Ascent of Man and married Francis Gladstone (a relative of Prime Minister William Gladstone).

Elwyn Jones's brother Idris Jones (1900–1971) was captain of the Wales Rugby team in 1925, and was an industrial chemist who became Director General of Research Development for the National Coal Board.[5][6]

Lord Elwyn-Jones died in December 1989, aged 80.

External links

  • Elwyn Jones at Find-A-Grave
  • Portraits of Elwyn Jones at the National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Llanelli Community Heritage Elwyn-Jones Blue Plaque
  • Lord Elwyn-Jones' appearance on Desert Island Discs

References

  • The Times House of Commons 1945. 1945. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1950. 1950. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1955. 1955. 
  1. ^ The Trial of German War Criminals, Part I.  
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 43498. p. 10025. 24 November 1964.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 46236. p. 3303. 14 March 1974.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 46916. p. 7823. 1 June 1976.
  5. ^ James, Mary Auronwy. "JONES, WALTER IDRIS (1900-1971)". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wales' rugby captains". BBC. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Will Thorne
Member of Parliament for Plaistow
19451950
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for West Ham South
19501974
Member of Parliament for Newham South
1974
Succeeded by
Nigel Spearing
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hobson
Attorney General for England and Wales
1964–1970
Succeeded by
Peter Rawlinson
Preceded by
The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
Lord Chancellor
1974–1979
Succeeded by
The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
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