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Raymond Blackburn

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, courted the headlines almost from the moment he first entered Parliament in 1945.

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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 independent.

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.

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