RAYMOND Blackburn, the former Labour MP who became an anti-pornography
campaigner, has died. He was 76.
Mr Blackburn, who died in Charing Cross Hospital, London, on Sunday,
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courted the headlines almost from the moment he first entered Parliament
Educated at Rugby School, he was first elected as Labour MP for Kings
Norton, in Birmingham, and then for nearby Northfield in 1950.
However, months afterwards he resigned the party ticket and sat as an
His political career was ended by his conviction for unlawfully
inducing people to buy shares in a worthless company. He served 16
months in prison.
His anti-pornography actions included taking out unsuccessful private
prosecutions against the president of the British Board of Film Censors
and a cinema.
He is survived by his third wife, Tessa, five children by that
marriage, and three children from his first marriage.