Francis Aungier Pakenham

[7th Earl of Longford]

Biography of Francis Aungier Pakenham

Francis Aungier Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford (5 December 1905 – 3 August 2001), known as Baron Pakenham from 1945 to 1961, was a British politician and social reformer. He was a Labour Cabinet minister whose long crusade for penal reform attracted much controversy during the later years of his life with his ultimately unsuccessful campaign for the release of Moors murderer Myra Hindley from prison. He was also lampooned by the media for touring sex clubs in Denmark in the 1971 as part of his commission of inquiry into pornography. He was known to his family and friends as Frank Longford.

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