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Home Office under fire over ‘lost’ dossier on Westminster pedophiles

Published time: July 03, 2014 16:09
Reuters / Eddie Keogh

Reuters / Eddie Keogh

An alleged network of pedophile politicians active in the 1980s must be investigated say MPs as the Home Office is blasted over 'lost' dossier.

MPs are calling for an alleged network of pedophile politicians active in the 1980s to be investigated.

Those calling for an inquiry believe individuals close to 10 Downing Street helped cover up the sexual abuse of children by politicians and other public figures three decades ago.

Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale, who recently published a book about a former Rochdale MP and abuser of young boys Cyril Smith, claims a missing dossier of allegations about pedophiles was presented to then-Conservative Home Secretary Leon Brittan, who served in Margaret Thatcher’s government in the role from 1983-85.

Danczuk wants an inquiry into the historical allegations to help identify perpetrators other than Smith. At a home affair select committee hearing this week, he called politics “the last refuge of child sex abuse deniers”.

Brittan, now Lord Brittan, was called upon to make public what he knew about allegations of a network of pedophile politicians operating in Westminster.

Entertainer Rolf Harris arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London June 27, 2014. (Reuters / Neil Hall)

Brittan issued a statement Thursday, claiming the dossier compiled and issued to him by Conservative backbench MP Geoffrey Dickens was handled according to usual ministerial practice.

“I told Mr Dickens that I would ensure that the papers were looked at carefully by the Home Office and acted on as necessary,” Brittan said in his statement. “Following the meeting, I asked my officials to look carefully at the material contained in the papers provided and report back to me if they considered that any action needed to be taken by the Home Office.

“In addition I asked my officials to consider a referral to another Government Department, such as the Attorney General's Department, if that was appropriate. This was the normal procedure for handling material presented to the Home Secretary.

“I do not recall being contacted further about these matters by Home Office officials or by Mr Dickens or by anyone else,” he added.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said during his LBC radio show on Thursday that the police were “best placed” to investigate the allegations and warned against attempts to “cut across” existing investigations. He said he wanted “justice to be done”.

The abuse allegations resurfaced in the wake of multiple high-profile rape and abuse cases against public figures including BBC DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile, entertainer Rolf Harris and publicist Max Clifford.

Comments (17)


Mike Pilgrim 10.07.2014 09:04

Whitehall loses another file like they lost the Diego Garcia black jail and rendition files. Get the evidence from GCHQ and NSA, they have the records.


Matthew 07.07.2014 17:00

Isn't this what public school is all about, buying your children into Winchester or whatever so they can do alike unto others?

Sin cerely,

NSA eyes only: I know where your sattellitte uplinks are.


Warmachine 05.07.2014 15:49

We need to, in droves, pester the h3ll out of politicians and key people in society til this trends to the point of it seeping out of our ears. Post it on famous people's pages, talk about it in videos..just keep on about it every few hours of every day, forever until it can no longer be ignore. the problem is, we go on about this today, then tomorrow, we're talking about football, fantastic weddings, or skinny celebrities. just keep on an on about it so they can't hide.

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