Leon Brittan

British politician, former Conservative Member of Parliament and barrister

Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne PC QC DL (25 September 1939 – 21 January 2015) was a British politician and barrister. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as Home Secretary (1983–1985), a member of Parliament (MP) and subsequently of the European Commission.

Leon Brittan
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Born25 September 1939 Edit this on Wikidata
North London Edit this on Wikidata
Died21 January 2015 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 75)
London Edit this on Wikidata
Alma mater
OccupationPolitician, barrister, lawyer, businessperson Edit this on Wikidata
Political partyConservative Party Edit this on Wikidata
  • Joseph Brittan Edit this on Wikidata
  • Rebecca Lipetz Edit this on Wikidata
FamilySamuel Brittan Edit this on Wikidata
Position heldVice-President of the European Commission (1999–1999), European Commissioner for External Relations (1995–1999), European Commissioner for Trade (1993–1999), European Commissioner for Competition (1989–1993), Secretary of State for Business (1985–1986), Home Secretary (1983–1985), Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1981–1983), Member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom (1981–2015), Member of the 50th Parliament of the United Kingdom (1987–1988), Member of the 49th Parliament of the United Kingdom (1983–1987), Member of the 48th Parliament of the United Kingdom (1979–1983), Member of the 47th Parliament of the United Kingdom (1974–1979), Member of the 46th Parliament of the United Kingdom (1974–1974) Edit this on Wikidata

Brittan died of cancer in London, aged 75.[1]

In October 2014, a Labour MP used parliamentary privilege to refer to claims that Brittan had been linked to child abuse.[2] On 21 March 2016, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that "Operation Midland", the investigation into the alleged paedophile ring, had been closed without any charges being brought.[3]


  1. Mason, Rowena (22 January 2015). "Leon Brittan, former home secretary, dies aged 75". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  2. "Westminster paedophile scandal: Tory minister Leon Brittan 'liked boys to dress in women's underwear'". 20 July 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  3. Laville, Sandra; Syal, Rajeev (21 March 2016). "Operation Midland: inquiry into alleged VIP paedophile ring collapses". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 March 2016.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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