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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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PM: Lord Brittan was 'dedicated and fiercely intelligent'

File photo dated 19/12/1985 of then-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Leon Brittan. Credit: PA wire

Prime Minister David Cameron has called Lord Brittan a "dedicated and fiercely intelligent public servant in his tribute to the Tory peer who has died aged 75 after a long fight with cancer.

Leon Brittan was a dedicated and fiercely intelligent public servant.

As a central figure in Margaret Thatcher’s government, he helped her transform our country for the better by giving distinguished service as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Home Secretary, and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

He went on to play a leading role at the European Commission where he did so much to promote free trade in Europe and across the world.

More recently, he made an active contribution to the House of Lords.

My thoughts are with Leon’s family and friends at this sad time for them.”

– Prime Minister David Cameron

Lord Brittan was a senior member of Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet until forced to resign over the Westland Helicopters affair, and he later spent a decade in Brussels as one of the UK's European Commissioners.

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