He accepted the post as European commissioner reluctantly, as it meant giving up his British parliamentary ambitions. [6][7], Including his appearances whilst on loan with the club, to the end of the 2005–06 season, Britton had played 137 times for Swansea City in all competitions (with a further 18 appearances as a substitute) and had scored nine goals. Brittan resigned with the rest of the Santer Commission in 1999 amid accusations of fraud against Jacques Santer and Édith Cresson. [24], In November 2017, Swansea manager Paul Clement appointed Britton as an assistant coach, after the departure of Claude Makélélé from the coaching staff.

A midfielder, he spent most of his career with Swansea City, having joined Swansea on a permanent transfer in 2003. [37], In June 2014, Brittan was interviewed under caution by police in connection with the alleged rape of a 19-year-old student in his central London flat in 1967, before he became an MP. [48] On 21 March 2016, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that Operation Midland had been closed without any charges being brought. Prime Minister David Cameron said that Brittan had "unrivalled experience" for the job, which was scheduled to last for six months. For other inquiries, Contact Us. He was wedded to Diana Clemetson. She has had this very patronising letter saying: ‘we are sorry for your distress’. Allegations against Lord Brittan began to resurface in 2012 after Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, stood up in parliament and claimed there was a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10”. [34] In an article for The Times, journalist James Gillespie quoted a letter from Dickens dated 7 January 1984 in which he thanked Brittan for his 'splendid support' in the matter.

He opted to become a club ambassador following Swansea City's relegation to the Championship. Boorish.

[32] Britton was appointed Swansea's first Sporting Director on 4 September 2019,[33] but relinquished his duties in June 2020.

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But why? Brittan resigned with the rest of the Santer Commission in 1999 amid accusations of fraud against Jacques Santer and Édith Cresson.

[16], Following Swansea's promotion, Britton made his Premier League debut in a 4–0 loss against Manchester City on 15 August 2011 where he played in the central midfield. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here.

[36], An initial review by Home Office civil servant Mark Sedwill in 2013 concluded that copies of Dickens's material had "not been retained" but that Brittan had acted appropriately in dealing with the allegations. This article is more than 4 years old.

[13] It was later revealed that Brittan had attempted to persuade British Aerospace and GEC to withdraw from the European consortium. She had to go through all this before Leon’s death and now IICSA is dredging it up again.”. They had not pursued the allegation when it was first made, on the grounds of insufficient evidence. In November 2014, a review by Peter Wanless followed. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Leon Britton is about half the size of his Conservative namesake and of the wrong generation to appreciate that he possesses gifts which Margaret Thatcher's former … Police inquiries including investigations in to Heath, Lord Brittan, Harvey Proctor and others have all concluded that unfounded claims have been just that. [11], In September 1985, Brittan was moved to Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. [23], In 1995 he became European Commissioner for Trade and European Commissioner for External Affairs, also serving as a Vice-President of the European Commission. Prime Minister David Cameron said that Brittan had "unrivalled experience" for the job, which was scheduled to last for six months. The Brittans' homes were searched along with those of former head of the Army, Lord Bramall, and former Tory MP Harvey Proctor in the Metropolitan Police's Operation Midland. Revellers in Merseyside attack police ahead of national lockdown, Georgia 2020 election results: neck-and-neck race, US election protests: Donald Trump supporters march on Detroit chanting 'Stop the count!'. Britton instantly became a central figure in Swansea's successful promotion campaign. I couldn’t move. IICSA has continued with its Westminster strand despite the fact that there is no evidence that any VIP paedophile ring existed among senior politicians. As soon as the strike began, Brittan set up a National Reporting Centre in New Scotland Yard to co-ordinate intelligence and the supply of police officers between forces as necessary.

It also led to a day of strike action by hundreds of television and radio workers who protested against what they perceived as government censorship. It's the nightmare scenario - a stubborn Trump... STEPHEN GLOVER: The polls missed a silent army again… so when will they learn? [1], He was educated at The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was President of the Cambridge Union Society and Chairman of the Cambridge University Conservative Association. But a list of VIP abusers was traced back to Chris Fay, a one-time Labour councillor subsequently convicted of fraud. [20], On 11 May 2018, it was announced that Britton would retire from professional football after the end of the 2017–18 season. All it is is yet another witch hunt. Margaret Thatcher's government had carefully planned for a miners' strike and a Whitehall committee had been meeting in secret since 1981, to prepare for a long dispute. [31], In 1984, in his capacity as Home Secretary, Brittan was handed a 40-page dossier by Geoffrey Dickens MP which detailed alleged paedophile activity in the 1980s, including, according to Dickens, allegations concerning "people in positions of power, influence and responsibility". [17] Brittan had authorised the leaking of a letter from the Solicitor General that had accused Michael Heseltine of inaccuracies in his campaign for Westland to be rescued by a consortium of European investors. The controversy led to a rift in the BBC between the boards of Management and Governors. [6], At the 1983 election Brittan was elected MP for Richmond. Brittan then studied at Yale University on a Henry Fellowship. [32][33] The whereabouts of the dossier is currently unknown. Yet he never lost the support of millions of Americans. Girl, two, who died after drinking toilet cleaner then throwing up 'bright pink' vomit had been sent home... Briton who faced years in hell-hole Qatari prison for a cannabis grinder in his luggage can return home... JENNI MURRAY: Have we all forgotten the dark side of Sean Connery. [39] At the time of his death, Brittan had not been told by the police that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him for the alleged rape of the woman. [30], Brittan died at his home in London on 21 January 2015, at the age of 75; he had been ill with cancer for some time. Leon Brittan (left) was accused of rape and child abuse, claims which later turned out to be unfounded. IICSA has struggled since it was set up by Theresa May, the then home secretary, in 2014 in the wake of Mr Watson’s claims and the furore over the failure to prosecute the disc jockey and presenter Jimmy Savile in his lifetime. Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne, PC, QC, DL (25 September 1939 – 21 January 2015) was a British politician, Conservative Member of Parliament, and barrister, as well as a member of the European Commission. IICSA will also examine a series of claims against Sir Edward Heath, the former prime minister who died almost 15 years ago and cannot defend himself. [51], Vice-President of the European Commission, European Commissioner for External Relations, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Cambridge University Conservative Association, murder of British police officer Yvonne Fletcher, European Commissioner for External Affairs, "Brittan of Spennithorne, Baron cr 2000 (Life Peer), of Spennithorne in the County of North Yorkshire, (Leon Brittan) (25 Sept. 1939–21 Jan. 2015) | WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO", 10.1093/ww/9780199540891.001.0001/ww-9780199540884-e-8773, "Who do they think they are?

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