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Leon Brittan

British politician, former Conservative Member of Parliament and barrister

Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne QC, PC, DL (25 September 1939 – 21 January 2015) was a British politician, Conservative Member of Parliament and barrister, as well as member of the European Commission and Home Secretary of the United Kingdom.


The Lord Brittan of Spennithorne

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Brittan in 2011
Vice-President of the European Commission
In office
16 March 1999 – 15 September 1999
PresidentManuel Marín (Acting)
Preceded byManuel Marín
Succeeded byNeil Kinnock
European Commissioner for External Relations
In office
23 January 1995 – 15 September 1999
PresidentJacques Santer
Manuel Marín (Acting)
Preceded byFrans Andriessen
Succeeded byChris Patten
European Commissioner for Trade
In office
6 January 1993 – 15 September 1999
PresidentJacques Delors
Jacques Santer
Manuel Marín (Acting)
Preceded byFrans Andriessen
Succeeded byPascal Lamy
European Commissioner for Competition
In office
6 January 1989 – 6 January 1993
PresidentJacques Delors
Preceded byPeter Sutherland
Succeeded byKarel Van Miert
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
In office
2 September 1985 – 24 January 1986
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byNorman Tebbit
Succeeded byPaul Channon
Home Secretary
In office
11 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byWilliam Whitelaw
Succeeded byDouglas Hurd
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
5 January 1981 – 11 June 1983
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byJohn Biffen
Succeeded byPeter Rees
Minister of State for the Home Office
In office
4 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byLord Boston
Succeeded byPatrick Mayhew
Member of Parliament
for Richmond (Yorks)
In office
9 June 1983 – 31 December 1988
Preceded byTimothy Kitson
Succeeded byWilliam Hague
Member of Parliament
for Cleveland and Whitby
In office
28 February 1974 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byJames Tinn
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born(1939-09-25)25 September 1939
North London, England
Died21 January 2015(2015-01-21) (aged 75)
London, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Diana Clemetson
(m. 1980-2015, his death)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
ProfessionBarrister

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  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)