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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Elwyn-Jones 

In office
5 March 1974 – 4 May 1979
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Harold Wilson
James Callaghan
Preceded by The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
Succeeded by The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone

Born 24 October 1909 (1909-10-24)
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
Died 4 December 1989 (1989-12-05)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

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


Background and education

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

Elwyn-Jones 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 and led for the prosecution (Leading Prosecutor) at the Hamburg trial of Marshal Erich von Manstein in 1948.

Political career

At the 1945 general election, Elwyn-Jones 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 by Harold Wilson, a post he held until 1970. During this time, he led the prosecution of the Moors murderers, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. 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. 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.

Personal life

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

External links


  • The Times House of Commons 1945. 1945.  
  • The Times House of Commons 1950. 1950.  
  • The Times House of Commons 1955. 1955.  
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Will Thorne
Member of Parliament for Plaistow
Succeeded by
(constituency abolished)
Preceded by
(new constituency)
Member of Parliament for West Ham South
1950Feb 1974
Succeeded by
(constituency abolished)
Preceded by
(new constituency)
Member of Parliament for Newham South
Feb. 1974May 1974
Succeeded by
Nigel Spearing
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hobson
Attorney General
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Rawlinson
Preceded by
The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone
Lord Chancellor
Succeeded by
The Lord Hailsham of St Marylebone


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