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The Right Honourable
 The Lord Williams of Mostyn 
PC QC

In office
13 June 2003 – 20 September 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by John Reid
Succeeded by The Baroness Amos

In office
8 June 2001 – 20 September 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by The Baroness Jay of Paddington
Succeeded by The Baroness Amos

In office
8 June 2001 – 13 June 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by The Baroness Jay of Paddington
Succeeded by Peter Hain

In office
29 July 1999 – 8 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by John Morris
Succeeded by The Lord Goldsmith

Born 5 February 1941(1941-02-05)
Prestatyn, United Kingdom
Died 20 September 2003 (aged 62)
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Pauline Clarke
Veena Russell
Alma mater Queens' College, Cambridge

Gareth Wyn Williams, Baron Williams of Mostyn, PC, QC, (5 February 1941 - 20 September 2003) was a British Labour politician who was Leader of the House of Lords, Lord President of the Council and a member of the Cabinet at the time of his sudden death in 2003.

Williams was born near Prestatyn, in north Wales, a son of Albert Thomas Williams and his wife Selina, née Evans. He was educated at Rhyl Grammar School and at Queens' College, Cambridge.

He had a successful legal career, becoming a Queen's Counsel, Recorder, Deputy High Court Judge and Chairman of the Bar Council. He was made a life peer as Baron Williams of Mostyn, of Great Tew in Oxfordshire in 1992 and became an opposition spokesman in the House of Lords on Legal Affairs, and later Northern Ireland. After Labour's election victory he became a Home Office minister, and in 1999 was appointed Attorney General for England and Wales and Northern Ireland. He became Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal in 2001 (switching over to Lord President of the Council in 2003).

It is a significant feature of his political career that every office he held was an unelected appointment; he was never actually elected to any public office.

Lord Williams married firstly in 1962 Pauline, daughter of Ernest Clarke, and by her had two daughters, Martha (born 1963) and Emma (born 1966), and a son, Daniel (born 1969). They divorced, and he married secondly in 1994 Veena M Russell, and by her had one daughter, Imogen.

He collapsed and died suddenly at his home in Gloucestershire, at the age of 62. He was survived by his four children.

As part of the celebrations to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Life Peerages Act, Lord Williams was voted by the current members of the House of Lords as the outstanding life peer since the creation of the life peerage.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Morris
Attorney General for England and Wales
1999–2001
Succeeded by
The Lord Goldsmith
Attorney General for Northern Ireland
1999–2001
Political offices
Preceded by
The Baroness Jay of Paddington
Lord Privy Seal
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Peter Hain
Leader of the House of Lords
2001–2003
Succeeded by
The Baroness Amos
Preceded by
John Reid
Lord President of the Council
2003
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