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Paul Murphy was the Labour MP for Torfaen between 1987 and 2015, and served in the cabinet under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
After becoming an MP, Paul was made a Shadow Welsh Office Minister (1988-1994) by Labour Party Leader Neil Kinnock. He also served as a Shadow Foreign Office Minister and Shadow Minister for Defence, before joining Mo Mowlam in Labour’s Shadow Northern Ireland team after Tony Blair became Labour leader.
Upon Labour’s election win in 1997, with a new Government determined to achieve peace in Northern Ireland, Paul became Minister for Political Development. Between 1997 and 1999, Paul was Mo’s deputy as they worked closely on the talks that culminated in the signing of the historic Good Friday Agreement. In recognition of his work there, Paul was named ‘Minister to Watch’ at the 1999 Spectator Parliamentary Awards.
Paul was then promoted to the Cabinet, becoming Secretary of State for Wales between 1999 and 2002. Whilst at the Wales Office, Paul worked closely with his counterparts in the newly established National Assembly for Wales, helping the new constitutional settlement succeed in its formative years.
In 2002, Tony Blair asked Paul to return to Northern Ireland as Secretary of State, where he served until 2005. After leaving the Government in May 2005, Paul Murphy was appointed Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, where he worked until his re-appointment to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales by Gordon Brown in 2008. During that time, Paul was also Minister for Digital Inclusion and was given responsibility for overseeing the British-Irish Council and the Joint Ministerial Committees, working to resolve disputes between Governments. He also chaired Cabinet committees on Local Government and the Regions, and on data security and information assurance.
Upon leaving the Cabinet in 2009, Paul was elected British Co-Chair of the British-Irish Assembly, serving until the General Election of 2010.
Back in opposition on the backbenches, Paul continued to pursue issues relevant to his constituents, including scrutinising Government plans for reform of the police. He was also invited to advise a number of other countries aiming to resolve conflicts, build peace and establish democratic institutions, including Sri Lanka, Israel and Palestine and the Philippines.
Paul was born in 1948 and was educated at St Francis Roman Catholic School in Abersychan, West Monmouth School in Pontypool and Oriel College, Oxford. He was a management trainee with the CWS, before becoming a lecturer in Government and History at Ebbw Vale College of Further Education.
Paul joined the Labour Party at the age of 15. He is also a member of Unite, formerly the Transport and General Workers Union. He was Secretary of the Pontypool/Torfaen Constituency Labour Party from 1971 to 1987. Paul was a member of Torfaen Council from 1973 to 1987 and was Chair of its Finance Committee from 1976 to 1986. He contested Wells Constituency in Somerset in the 1979 General Election.
Paul was made a Papal Knight of St. Gregory in 1997, a Privy Counsellor in 1999 and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford in 2000. He was Visiting Parliamentary Fellow of St. Anthony’s College, Oxford from 2006 to 2007 and in 2009 was made a Fellow of Glyndwr University, Wrexham.
He was highly honoured to be appointed to the House of Lords in 2015, taking the tile of Baron Murphy of Torfaen on 20th October 2015
Outside of politics, Paul’s interests include history, films, music and cooking.