London, March 2017. The Chancery is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rt Hon Lord Murphy of Torfaen, KCSG, KCMCO, as Vice-Delegate for Great Britain of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George within the Delegation of Great Britain and Ireland.
The Delegate, Anthony Bailey, nominated Lord Murphy as Vice-Delegate for Great Britain during a Council Meeting held on 1 March 2017 and the Council members voted and unanimously approved the nomination.
Lord Murphy previously served as Vice-Delegate for Wales from March 2013 to 1 March 2017. He was invested into the Constantinian Order in 2003 as a Knight Commander of Merit with Star and was appointed by Saint Pope John Paul II as a Knight of the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great and later promoted to the rank of Knight Commander.
Lord Murphy who is a committed Roman Catholic has held many positions within the British Government having served twice as Secretary of State for Wales between July 1999 and October 2002 and again from 2008 to 2009. Lord Murphy served as Member of Parliament for Torfaen from 1987 – 2015. Following his retirement as an MP he was elevated to the House of Lords in 2015.
He also served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from October 2002 until May 2005 and was appointed to the Privy Council in 1999. Between 2005-2008 Paul served as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee within the British Parliament.
The Delegate said “I am delighted that Paul Murphy has agreed and been duly elected as Vice-Delegate for Great Britain. On behalf of all knights and dames and as Delegate, I would like to thank Lord Murphy for his efforts and longstanding support of the Delegation and congratulate him on his new role.”