MP Leo Abse
1967 Ten years after the Wolfenden Report, MP Leo Abse introduced the Sexual Offences Bill 1967 supported by Labour MP Roy Jenkins, then the Labour Home Secretary.
When passed, The Sexual Offences Act 1967 (pdf) decriminalised homosexual acts between two men over 21 years of age in private in England and Wales, although did not extend to the armed forces or the merchant navy. The Act has since been amended over the years including in 1976 when it was amended to include male rape amongst other changes.
Other supporters of the Bill included The Archbishop of Canterbury (Michael Ramsey), The Archbishop of York, Lord Longford and Baroness Gaitskill, widow of the former Labour leader.
The 1967 Act did not extend to Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, where all homosexual behaviour remained illegal. Decriminalisation did reach Scotland in1980, Northern Ireland in1982 and the Isle of Man in 1992.
The privacy restrictions of the act meant a third person could not be present and men could not have sex in a hotel. These restrictions were overturned in the European Court of Human Rights in 2000.