Torfaen MP collects honorary doctorate

Paul Murphy MP being awarded an honourary doctorate at the University South Wales Treforest campus (8337619)

Paul Murphy MP being awarded an honourary doctorate at the University South Wales Treforest campus (8337619)

First published in News

TORFAEN MP Paul Murphy collected an honourary degree yesterday from the University of South Wales.

The MP, who lives in Llantarnam, told the Argus: "I'm extremely pleased and honoured to receive the doctorate, not least because I very much regard myself as a Valleys boy and in many ways this is the university of the Valleys.

"This institution incorporates the only university we have in Gwent. For some years me and others campaigned for us to have a university in Gwent, and we got one. It still has the campus in Newport and Caerleon and it's very important for us.

"This is a fine local university and a great honour for me," he said.

Mr Murphy, who is an honourary fellow of his alma mater Oxford college, Oriel, and also at Wrexham's Glyndwr University, said he felt "very privileged" to be receiving his third academic honour.

"I'd normally be in parliament but this was a very important date in my diary," he said.

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:44pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Skully says...

These honorary doctorates should be stopped. Makes a mockery of the hard work and years it takes to get a Doctorate by actually attending a university.
These honorary doctorates should be stopped. Makes a mockery of the hard work and years it takes to get a Doctorate by actually attending a university. Skully
  • Score: 3

8:32am Sat 19 Jul 14

indy2012 says...

He receives an honorary doctorate, what he should receive is his cards.
He receives an honorary doctorate, what he should receive is his cards. indy2012
  • Score: 3

10:01am Sat 19 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Mr Murphy - who voted against equal marriage and therefore in favour of the continuance of discrimination against LGBT people - receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Wales. However, by contrast, it would be hard to imagine the University of Wales awarding a politician who voted in favour of racist policies any honours? I guess the message is that homophobia is not as serious as racism - yet doesn't this ignore the fact that during WWII many thousands of LGBT people were nevertheless rounded up by the Nazis, imprisoned in death camps and systematically murdered during the holocaust?
Mr Murphy - who voted against equal marriage and therefore in favour of the continuance of discrimination against LGBT people - receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Wales. However, by contrast, it would be hard to imagine the University of Wales awarding a politician who voted in favour of racist policies any honours? I guess the message is that homophobia is not as serious as racism - yet doesn't this ignore the fact that during WWII many thousands of LGBT people were nevertheless rounded up by the Nazis, imprisoned in death camps and systematically murdered during the holocaust? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree