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Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died aged 75 after a long battle with cancer, his family have said. The former Conservative MP was home secretary in Margaret Thatcher's government from 1983 to 1985. First elected in 1974, he later became trade and industry secretary and stood down from the Commons when he became a European commissioner in 1989.
Lord Brittan had come under the spotlight last year as part of the investigation into historical sexual abuse because he was home secretary in 1984 when ministers were handed a dossier on alleged high-profile paedophiles. He insisted that the proper procedures were followed. A review found no reference of the dossier, which had been compiled by former Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens, and the government's inquiry into historic child abuse will consider whether the Home Office handled the allegations properly.