Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died aged 75.
The Conservative peer died last night at his home in London following a long battle with cancer, his family said in a statement.
He was recently caught up in a row over allegations that he failed to act on evidence of child abuse by senior figures in Westminster in the 1980s.
Lord Brittan was first elected as a Conservative MP in 1974 and served as home secretary in Margaret Thatcher's government from 1983 to 1985.
He was MP for Cleveland & Whitby from 1974 to 1983 and for Richmond, Yorkshire, from 1983 to 1988.
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