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  Gay rights champion Leo Abse dies
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Last EditedNew Jerusalem  Aug 20, 2008 08:15am
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News DateWednesday, August 20, 2008 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionGay 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.

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

On his website, Mr Abse, who was born in Cardiff in 1917 and lived in Chiswick, west London, was described being politically active from an early age.
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