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20 August 2008

R.I.P. A Grand Old Brit : Leo Abse


Love old Leo or loathe him, he was always true to old 'traditional' Labour values as well as to his personal principles ... regardless.

He was a one-off.

It's doubtful we'll see his like again. And that's a shame.

Oh, that we still had a some sincere, genuinely gentlemanly, honourable & honest, determined, dedicated and principled politicians such as Leo Abse.

Gay rights champion and former MP Leo Abse has died at the age of 91, according to a family friend.

The former Labour MP for Pontypool and then Torfaen died at Charing Cross Hospital, west London, on Tuesday night after a short illness.

Mr Abse guided a Private Member's Bill through Parliament in 1967 that legalised sex between men.

He was also credited with helping to liberalise divorce laws through the 1969 Divorce Reform Act.

Leo Abse was seen as a crusading backbencher

Mr Abse, who was in the Commons for nearly 30 years, is survived by his second wife Ania.

Learn some more about this amazing 'little big man'.

(Cross posted at 'appletree')

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