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The Conservative peer and former Cabinet minister Lord Brittan has died at the age of 75.
His family said in a statement the former Home Secretary died last night at his home after a long battle with cancer.
They said: "It is with great regret that we announce the death of Leon Brittan.
Fears over an establishment cover-up of an alleged Westminster paedophile ring in the 1980s deepened on Sunday night as it emerged that an “explosive” dossier of evidence lost by the Home Office was also handed to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The file, believed to contain child abuse allegations relating to at least eight public figures, was compiled by the campaigning Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens, who died in 1995.
Last week David Cameron ordered an investigation into how it came to be lost by the Home Office, which has since confirmed that 114 files relating to historical complaints of child abuse have either been misplaced or destroyed.
Two copies of the dossier were previously thought to have existed: one was handed to Leon Brittan, Home Secretary at the time, while the other was kept at Mr Dickens’s family home and was later destroyed by his wife.
But in a newspaper interview in August 1983 – two months into Leon Brittan’s term as Home Secretary under Margaret Thatcher – Mr Dickens revealed he had also sent a copy to the then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Sir Thomas Hetherington.
The paedophile dossier handed to former Home Secretary Leon Brittan named two high-ranking colleagues in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, it has been claimed.
The file said to have named Sir Keith Joseph and Sir Rhodes Boyson amid warnings of an active child abuse network in Westminster sparked an internal Home Office inquiry.
originally posted by: crazyewok
Good riddance to a pedo.
Losing that dossier was BS you don't just loss something that big. The bastard was in on it. I dont beleive in hell but if it exists I hope he is burning in a very hot place with the likes of Saville.
originally posted by: Freeborn
If the public demand further revelations of the full extent of this paedophile ring I suspect that Brittan and some other deceased or ageing politicians and minor 'celebrities' will be offered up as sacrificial lambs in order to deflect attention away from those who are still in positions of power and influence etc and are currently active in these disgusting activities.
originally posted by: Midnightmosesuk
Oddly convenient timing. I don't remember his having cancer being mentioned before. Am I misinformed?