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20 'powerful elite' abused children for decades – whistleblower

Published time: July 08, 2014 10:52
Edited time: July 10, 2014 17:30
Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May (Reuters / Phil Noble)

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May (Reuters / Phil Noble)

​At least 20 former MPs, government ministers, judges and other prominent figures abused children for decades, claims a former child protection manager.

At least 20 former MPs, government ministers, judges and other prominent figures abused children for decades, claims a former child protection manager.

Whistleblower Peter McKelvie, whose allegations led initially to a 2012 police inquiry, told BBC Newsnight a “powerful elite” of pedophiles carried out “the worst form” of abuse.

He told the programme there was evidence that victims of abuse were treated like “lumps of meat,” taken from place to place to be molested.

McKelvie, formerly a child protection manager in Hereford and Worcester, took his concerns to Labour MP Tom Watson in 2012, who then raised the matter in parliament, prompting a preliminary police inquiry that became a formal inquiry in 2013.

“For the last 30 years and longer than that, there have been a number of allegations made by survivors that people at the very top of powerful institutions in this country ... have been involved in the abuse of children," McKelvie told Newsnight.

Asked if claims had been made against people still in positions of power today, he said, "Very much so ... what are allegations may or may not be true, but the allegations are there and they are against very specific named individuals.”

Announcing two reviews into the claims in the House of Commons on Monday, Home Secretary Theresa May said the first would be led by an independent panel of experts headed by Lady Butler Slosson law and child protection, while the second would cover how police and prosecutors handled information given to them.

She said further inquiries would focus on the Home Office’s alleged failure to act on allegations of child sex abuse contained in a dossier handed to them by Home Secretary Leon Britton in the 1980s by former Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens.

May claimed that files in the missing dossier were not deleted or destroyed intentionally, but pledged the inquiries would determine whether state bodies and “other non-state institutions”fulfilled their“duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse.

It will, like the inquiries into Hillsborough and the murder of Daniel Morgan, be a non-statutory panel inquiry. This means that it can begin its work sooner," she told MPs.

Comments (42)


mergon 29.08.2014 09:09

You would have to be on the wrong end of the police to know how far they will go to get a trumped up to stick
I was not charged with any offence when stopped by the met in London but received a summons to go to court , the officer took the oath and lied like a w.h.o.r.e i protested and nearly got held in contempt but in the end the judge had to ask him 4 times if he was the officer who stopped me , he admitted he was not, because i took the officers number just in case ,
his excuse for this part of it was that the other officer was at a murder trial ,the case was thrown out , the officer said you cant win them all


mergon 29.08.2014 08:51

Masons /government /police , chances of any truth =Nil


Nicholas riley 07.08.2014 15:07

I was put in prison for finding a dead man hanging in a house in grimsby this man had been storing police files and seized drugs for certain police officers to sell, i took pictures of the police evidence store these officers were even involved with 3 murders that had been made up in order to get overtime and promotions, they had lists of police informers who were giving false statements in court cases on behalf of these humberside police officers grimsby

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