Deputy PLP Leader Walter Roban, tribute to the late Stanley Morton family

The Progressive Labour Party family is saddened today by the passing of our long serving former Member of Parliament, Mr. Stanley Morton at the age of 87.

Stanley Morton was first elected as a PLP Member of Parliament in 1968 representing Pembroke East Central. Mr. Morton was without a doubt an effective constituency representative. He held a seat which was by and large PLP from 1968 onward except for one term. It is a city district with many of the issues
associated with urban centers. Without a doubt, Mr. Morton captured the hearts of Pembroke East Central voters which is why he was continually returned to the House by them, save for one term.

He served as the Shadow Minister of Marine & Ports and Aviation for 12 years. Stanley Morton was “a man of the people” and retained this seat for 17 straight years until 1985.

In 1989, he was reelected to Pembroke East Central and along with the late David Allen, they represented the PLP successfully in the 1993 and 1998 elections. Mr. Morton served as a member of the Party Executive in the late 1980s as the party was rebuilding under the leadership of L Frederick Wade.

Brother Stanley was honored and humbled to be part of the Progressive Labour Party’s winning team in
the historic 1998 election when we became the Government of Bermuda
In 2003 when Bermuda moved to single seat constituencies, Mr. Morton retired from active politics. In his “retirement”, he continued to support the PLP by providing advice and counsel to the party and MPs. He and his family could be seen regularly attending PLP events and ensuring the Party was staying
the course.

The Progressive Labour Party expresses our deepest appreciation to Stanley Morton for his unwavering commitment to our Party and our country. He started as a PLP stalwart, as a young Black Bermudian man, during a time when being publicly affiliated with the party caused great personal and financial
hardship. Despite these challenges he provided for his family, while also representing his constituents and the people of Bermuda.


He was a staunch supporter of workers’ rights and ensuring our workers
were represented, protected and awarded the benefits they rightfully deserved. Mr. Morton was a courageous leader of his generation.

On behalf of the Progressive Labour Party we thank his wife, Ilys, daughter, Christie, and son Scott, for sharing your father with us. Being a politician in Bermuda is tough, but your father
Believed in the PLP. As a Member of Parliament he worked tirelessly to achieve so much for our people
and Bermuda.


The Progressive Labour Party victory in 1998 (and subsequent) general election victories were due in his grassroots contributions and the foundation set by him and other senior members of the Party.

We salute Stanley Morton and may he rest in peace.

Photo courtesy of the RG

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