Wayne David, the present Labour MP for Caerphilly, has paid tribute to Morgan Jones, a former Labour MP for Caerphilly.
In a special House of Commons debate to commemorate the First World War, Wayne David spoke about the need to acknowledge the role of conscientious objectors. In particular, Mr David referred to Morgan Jones who was the first conscientious objector to be elected to Parliament.
Morgan Jones went to prison for his beliefs during the First World War and was elected Labour MP for Caerphilly in a by-election in 1921. He served as an education minister in the Labour governments of 1924 and 1929.
Wayne David said “Morgan Jones was a man of principle. He stood up against the most bloody war we have ever seen. He went to prison because of his beliefs and suffered terribly both physically and mentally. After the war he commanded enormous respect and was elected in 1921 as the Labour MP for Caerphilly. He is a man who deserves to be remembered.
“Today, a public park in Caerphilly is named after him. But really he deserves greater recognition.”