Sexual Offences Act 1967
In 1966 a Sexual Offences Bill, sponsored by the Conservative M.P. for Lancaster, Humphry Berkeley, sought to partially decriminalise homosexuality. This was debated but Parliament was dissolved for the 1966 General Election before it could be passed into law . Homosexuality was not decriminalised in Scotland until the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 and in Northern Ireland by the Homosexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1982.
- Humphrey Berkeley subsequently lost his seat to a Labour candidate at the General Election on a swing from Conservative to Labour in Lancaster of 6.10% . This was one of the highest swings in the County of Lancashire. The Times Guide to the House of Commons 1966 (London 1966).