Former U.K Home Secretary Leon Brittan Dies at 75

Brittan was once one of five Jewish cabinet members in Margaret Thatcher's government in the 1980s.


Leon Brittan, a former British minister in the government of Margaret Thatcher, has died, his family said on Thursday.

Brittan, 75, was home secretary (interior minister) between 1983 and 1985. He was at one time one of five Jewish cabinet members of Thatcher's government, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

"Leon passed away last night at his home in London after a long battle with cancer," his family said in a statement.

Last June, Brittan was asked to respond to accusations that he did not act on alleged abuse of children by senior government figures when he was home secretary. He was also questioned by police regarding a rape allegation that he denied.