By Peter Oborne –
Veteran political correspondents like me recall Michael Morris, Deputy Speaker of the Commons from 1992-97, with a great deal of affection.
He carried off the role with plenty of brio and style. Michael Morris has since been deservedly elevated to the House of Lords, where he has taken the name of Lord Naseby.
As sometimes happens, he has gone sharply downhill since entering the upper house. Most troublingly he has become an apologist for the Sri Lankan government.
There is nothing wrong with standing up for unpopular or controversial causes: indeed it is admirable.
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*Peter Oborne is the Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator