Henry du Pré Labouchère(1831-1912), Writer, publisher, theatre owner and Liberal politician; MP for Windsor, Middlesex and Northampton
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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 Benjamin Stone
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