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Lord Brittan: Police probe 'ongoing' despite peer's death

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed it will continue to review an historical allegation of rape against former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, despite the peer's death aged 75.

The Conservative peer died at his London home following a long battle with cancer, his family said.

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.

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Clegg hails Brittan as 'one of most intelligent figures'

Nick Clegg has paid tribute to Lord Brittan following his death aged 75, describing the former Home Secretary as "one of the most intelligent figures in modern British public life".

Leon Brittan passed away last night after a long battle with cancer. Credit: PA Wire

"Leon was one of the most intelligent figures in modern British public life," the Deputy Prime Minister said.

"When I worked for Leon in Brussels almost 20 years ago, his forensic understanding of detailed issues combined with his passionate belief in internationalism was evident to everyone.

"His courage in sticking up for his pro-European views, despite huge pressure to the contrary, never wavered.

"His intellectual curiosity about politics; the arts; history; and literature was encyclopedic. Even as illness affected him badly in recent years, he kept up his lifelong habit of reading a constant flow of books on a huge range of subjects.

"My heart goes out to Diana Brittan and Leon's family at this very sad time."

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