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The Lord Brittan of Spennithorne

QC PC DL
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Brittan in 2011
Vice-President of the European Commission
In office
16 March 1999 – 15 September 1999
President Manuel Marín (Acting)
Preceded by Manuel Marín
Succeeded by Neil Kinnock
European Commissioner for External Relations
In office
23 January 1995 – 15 September 1999
President Jacques Santer
Manuel Marín (Acting)
Preceded by Frans Andriessen
Succeeded by Chris Patten
European Commissioner for Trade
In office
6 January 1993 – 15 September 1999
President Jacques Delors
Jacques Santer
Manuel Marín (Acting)
Preceded by Frans Andriessen
Succeeded by Pascal Lamy
European Commissioner for Competition
In office
6 January 1989 – 6 January 1993
President Jacques Delors
Preceded by Peter Sutherland
Succeeded by Karel Van Miert
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
In office
2 September 1985 – 24 January 1986
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Norman Tebbit
Succeeded by Paul Channon
Home Secretary
In office
11 June 1983 – 2 September 1985
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by William Whitelaw
Succeeded by Douglas Hurd
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
In office
5 January 1981 – 11 June 1983
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by John Biffen
Succeeded by Peter Rees
Minister of State for the Home Office
In office
4 May 1979 – 5 January 1981
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Preceded by Lord Boston
Succeeded by Patrick Mayhew
Member of Parliament
for Richmond (Yorks)
In office
9 June 1983 – 31 December 1988
Preceded by Timothy Kitson
Succeeded by William Hague
Member of Parliament
for Cleveland and Whitby
In office
28 February 1974 – 9 June 1983
Preceded by James Tinn
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1939-09-25)25 September 1939
North London, England
Died 21 January 2015(2015-01-21) (aged 75)
London, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Diana Clemetson
(m. 1980-2015, his death)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Profession Barrister

Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne QC, PC, DL (25 September 1939 – 21 January 2015) was a British politician, Conservative Member of Parliament and barrister, as well as member of the European Commission and Home Secretary of the United Kingdom.

Brittan died of cancer in London, aged 75.

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