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Birmingham Six appeal minister and peer dies (87)

By Andrew Woodcock

Conservative former home secretary and governor of Bermuda Lord Waddington has died at the age of 87.

As David Waddington, he served as home secretary in the final year of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, from 1989-90.

He delighted the Tory faithful with his support for capital punishment, but was also responsible for the decision to send the case of the Birmingham Six to the Court of Appeal, where their convictions for IRA pub bombings were eventually quashed.

As a barrister, he was defence counsel in the trial of Stefan Kiszko, who served 16 years in jail before his wrongful conviction for the murder of 12-year-old Lesley Molseed was overturned.

He was elevated to the peerage by John Major, and served in his government as Leader of the Lords from 1990 to 1992, when he was appointed governor of Bermuda.

A party source said he died on Thursday evening.

He is survived by his wife Gillian, with whom he had three sons and two daughters.

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