Police ‘investigating’ MP who decriminalised homosexuality over historic sex abuse allegations

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Late Labour MP Leo Abse, who sponsored the bill decriminalising homosexuality, is being investigated in connection with sex abuse allegations.

Mr Abse served as a Member of Parliament from 1958 until 1987 – and was a strong early proponent of gay rights, sponsoring the 1967 Sexual Offences Bill that eventually decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales.

According to the Sunday Times, the MP – who passed away in 2008 – is reportedly being investigated in connection with allegations of historic child abuse in Parliament.

The paper reports that documents from South Wales Police state that Mr Abse, alongside former Speaker George Thomas, were named as part of an alleged “politician’s network” of paedophiles.

Another police force is thought to be investigating the allegations made against the deceased MPs, as part of an investigation of historic sex abuse.

He was reportedly named by the former Bishop of Monmouth, Dominic Walker, who counselled abuse survivors in the 1980s.

Mr Walker said: “A number of survivors independently gave the name of a particular MP as being involved. I don’t believe there was any collusion in their stories.”

The Metropolitan Police – which is investigating historic sex abuse allegations as part of Operation Fernbridge – declined to comment on the individual case.

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