Henry du Pré Labouchere (1831-1912), Journalist and politician
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Educated at Eton and at Cambridge University. He served in the Diplomatic Service from 1854 to 1864 in a number of countries before being dismissed for refusing a posting to Buenos Aires. In 1865 he was elected as a Liberal MP but lost his seat. He spent the next twelve years away from the House of Commons, gaining renown as a journalist, editor and publisher. He returned to parliament in 1880, winning a seat in Northampton which he held for twenty-five years. In 1885 he drafted the Labouchere Amendment, outlawing 'gross indecency', a euphemism for sodomy. This amendment allowed for the prosecution, in 1895, of Oscar Wilde, who was imprisoned for the crime.
by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
Literature, Journalism and Publishing
Politics, Government and Diplomacy