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Close call for Hain revealed.

Welsh secretary Peter Hain could have been the subject of criminal libel proceedings more than 30 years ago, Government documents reveal today.

The possibility of legal action against the present-day Neath MP was discussed in three letters sent between the Attorney General's office and 10 Downing Street in 1973.

Now released to London's National Archives, the correspondence came after Mr Hain named Geoffrey Rippon MP in the Liberator magazine as being the third minister involved in a prostitution scandal.

The scandal revolved around Norma Levy whose revelations prompted the resignations of the defence minister Lord Lambton and the Lord Privy Seal, Lord Jellicoe.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 20, 2004
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