Great research from Needleblog finding the Leo Abse amendment to the Sexual Offences Bill. Presumably it is still the case today that the DPP still has to take the decision on every instance of male on male homosexual buggery or indecent assault involving an under 21 year old , making him extremely powerful, especially for paedophiles.
Leo Abse wrote several interesting books that are worth looking up. They include one on Blair subtitled Tony Blair and the politics of perversion, one on Thatcher, one called Private Member and one called Fellatio, Masochism, Politics and Love. I have not had time to delve deeply.
He also had a large hand in an adoption bill, which reached the statute book as the Childrens Act of 1975.
He is definitely worth more study if anyone has the time.
MPs Leo Abse, William Whitelaw and Enoch Powell were reputed to partake of the sea air and abuse boys in Brighton.
As a direct consequence of Leo Abse MP’s amendment to The Sexual Offences Act 1967, in 1968 Robert Charles Angel, then aged 59, despite having pleaded guilty to buggering a 9 year old boy was released from prison on appeal because the DPP had not been consulted before prosecution.
Effectively, Leo Abse MP’s amendment to The Sexual Offences Act 1967 ensured that no case of homosexual paedophilia could proceed without the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
In theory, if the ‘right’ man had the job, the DPP could become the paedophile’s gatekeeper.
All cases of Homosexual paedophilia were no longer subject of the general law but now had to pass through the hands of one man.