Today a 37 page file regarding the central role that the late British PM Margaret Thatcher and the late Attorney-General Sir Michael Havers played in the cover-up of the sexual – including possible paedophile – activities of Sir Peter Hayman (MI6) was released. However, we can now reveal the exact number of files on child abuse evidence that were either lost or destroyed during the period 1979 – 1999. The figures (see below) are staggering. We also provide a timeline of 62 instances of child sex abuse by establishment figures, as well as the verbatim responses by Havers when questioned about Hayman.
The full list of UK Government documents (retained or lost) from 1979 – 1999 on child sex abuse can be found here. In addition to the infamous 114 files ‘lost’, it shows that a staggering 2,074 files were destroyed..
Havers – the brother of Baroness Butler-Sloss, who was forced to resign from the historical child sex abuse inquiry – is believed to be one of many names listed in the notorious ‘Holy Grail’ contact list of Jeffrey Epstein, the US billionaire and convicted paedophile and close confidant of Prince Andrew. Documents relating to the legal proceedings against Epstein and Andrew Windsor can be found here.
Regarding the 37 page report, this includes a letter by Margaret Thatcher (see image above) on 10 Downing Street notepaper, dated March 20, 1981, to Sir Michael Havers . The letter says: “So that there be no doubt, I leave to your judgment whether or not you are interviewed on media or TV about the Hayman matter.” Signed “Margaret”, the memo is the final chronological entry in the file which has been released to the National Archives, titled “PREM 19/588 SECURITY. Sir Peter Hayman: allegations against former public official of unnatural sexual proclivities; security aspects.” (See also image at end of this article.)
Hayman, whose pseudonym was “Henderson”, had worked for MI6 and was also the high commissioner in Canada. “Henderson” was later revealed via Private Eye to be Sir Peter Hayman. In 1981, Geoffrey Dickens MP asked Sir Michael Havers, the Attorney-General “if he will prosecute Sir Peter Hayman under the Post Office Acts for sending and receiving pornographic material through the Royal Mail”. Havers replied, “I am in agreement with the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (Sir Thomas Chalmers Hetherington QC) advice not to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman and the other persons with whom he had carried on an obscene correspondence.” Dickens then asked, “How did such a potential blackmail risk come to hold highly sensitive posts at the MOD and NATO?”
Here is a transcript of a Q & A between Dickens and Havers on 19 March 1981:
Mr. Dickens asked the Attorney-General if he will prosecute Sir Peter Hayman under the Post Office Acts for sending and receiving pornographic material through the Royal Mail.
Havers: “In 1978 a packet containing obscene literature and written material was found in a London bus. The subsequent police investigation revealed a correspondence of an obscene nature between Sir Peter Hayman and a number of other persons. Altogether a total of seven men and two women were named as possible defendants in the report submitted by the Metropolitan Police to the Director of Public Prosecutions. The Director advised against prosecuting any of the nine persons either under section 11 of the Post Office Act 1953 or for any other offence. Among the considerations he took into account were the factors that the correspondence had been contained in sealed envelopes passing between adult individuals in a non-commercial context and that none of the material was unsolicited. Subsequently the Metropolitan Police submitted a further report which revealed that one of the nine, not Sir Peter Hayman, was also carrying on a correspondence 140W with a tenth person. The police investigation showed that the two shared an obsession about the systematic killing by sexual torture of young people and children. In view of the extreme nature of the material they had sent each other, the Director of Public Prosecutions decided to prosecute them for conspiring to contravene section 11 of the 1953 Act. There is no evidence that Sir Peter Hayman has ever sent or received material of this kind through the post. It has been suggested that Sir Peter Hayman was considered as a possible defendant following the police investigation into the conduct of the Paedophile Information Exchange which led to the recent trial at the Central Criminal Court for conspiracy to corrupt public morals. That prosecution was against persons alleged to have been involved in the management or organisation of PIE. Although Sir Peter Hayman had subscribed to PIE, that is not an offence and there is no evidence that he was ever involved in the management. At the recent trial, whilst there were general references to members of PIE, including, though not by name, Sir Peter Hayman, there was no reference to any material produced by him or found in his possession. I am in agreement with the Director of Public Prosecutions’ advice not to prosecute Sir Peter Hayman and the other persons with whom he had carried on an obscene correspondence. The Director of Public Prosecutions and I remain determined that, where the evidence justifies it, prosecutions will be brought in cases involving sexual acts with children or offences under the Protection of Children Act 1978—indecent photographs of children.”
Here is a transcript of a follow-up Q & A to Havers on 8 April 1981:
Mr. Stokes asked the Attorney-General, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Huddersfield, West (Mr. Dickens) on 19 March, Official Report, col. 139–40, whether the Director of Public Prosecutions gave special treatment to Sir Peter Hayman by taking steps to prevent his indentity being revealed in court.
Havers: “No special treatment was afforded to Sir Peter Hayman and no steps were authorised or taken to protect his identity in evidence given to the court during the trial of O’Carroll and other members of the executive committee of Paedophile Information Exchange. I made this clear in answers I gave to the hon. Member for Lewisham, West (Mr. Price) on 6 April—[Vol. 2, c. 682–83.]—to which I refer my hon. Friend. Furthermore, although the indictment in that case was amended before trial, this was because Treasury Counsel had doubts, following a preliminary hearing, as to whether the wording of the original charges might, as a matter of law, be open to objection. The amendment did not arise from any wish to protect the indentity of any person. The material of a pornographic nature found in the possession of Sir Peter Hayman was not relied on by the prosecution at the trial. There was, so far as the Director of Public Prosecutions is aware, no evidence whatsoever of Sir Peter Hayman having received or sent by post any obscene photograph of a child or young person or of his having taken such photographs or of his having committed any other act which might have been an offence under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978. The mere possession of obscene material whether relating to children or adults is not in itself a criminal offence. The Director’s decision not to take proceedings under the Post Office Act against Sir Peter Hayman and others was taken in January 1979 before he received any papers relating to the activities of O’Carroll and other members of the executive committee of PIE.”
The context of the coverup:
- Jimmy Savile (now dead) is proven to be a prolific paedophile. Savile was knighted by the Queen, knighted by the Vatican, was a top BBC figure, spent time with Margaret Thatcher at Chequers on several occasions (Thatcher lobbied heavily to have him knighted by the queen), was close friends with Prince Charles (was even described as his “mentor” by Princess Diana) and spent time with him alone on at least one occasion – see here. He also boasted he had police pals who would protect him from child abuse claims – see here.
- Liberal MP Cyril Smith (now dead) is proven to be a prolific paedophile – see here
- Cyril Smith was only one of a number of alleged high profile child abusers within Westminster said to have been named in a 40-page dossier submitted to the Home Office by the late campaigning Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1983 – see here
- Home Secretary at the time, Sir Leon Brittan “lost” files containing evidence of paedophiles in positions of great power – including Cyril Smith – see here
- Kincora Boys Home-linked politician kills himself after answering questions pertaining to paedophilia at the home – see here
- Ken Livingstone (the ex-Mayor of London) claimed that MI5 orchestrated paedophile events at Kincora Boys Home in order to blackmail politicians – see here
- A royal butler allegedly ‘took his paedophile victims to tea with Queen Mother – see here
- Prince Andrew was close friends with a now-convicted paedophile – see here
- Edwina Curry MP wrote in her autobiography that Peter Morrison (the now-deceased Personal Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher) was a noted “Pederast” (aka paedophile) and admitted as much to then Conservative Party Chairman Norman Tebbit – see here
- An as-yet unnamed Labour peer is being investigated by police after 12 men made allegations of historical child abuse against him – see here
- MP Simon Danczuk was allegedly warned by a top Conservative MP not to challenge Leon Brittan over paedophile dossier – see here
- Lord Tebbit admits that there was an establishment cover-up of child abuse – see here
- UK Government admits 114 secret files on paedophile cases have gone ‘missing’ – see here
- One of Tony Blair’s Ministers is accused by Liverpool council officials of helping a convicted paedophile foster two young boys. The convicted paedophile was running a children’s home at the time – see here (Note: involved in the inquiry was Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the current head of the Metropolitan Police and currently subject to enquiries.)
- A Conservative Party Whip from 1970-1973 admits to covering up problems for MPs, such as “a scandal with small boys”, because then the MP would “do what you want forever more” – see here
- Ex-Minister, Lord Warner, says Children’s homes were ‘supply line’ for paedophiles in the ’80s – see here
- Former child protection manager says there are up to 20 prominent public figures in alleged paedophile ring covering Parliament and Judiciary – see here
- Scotland Yard handed Leon Brittan, the former Conservative Home Secretary, a dossier naming 15 members of notorious paedophile group. This file is currently unaccounted for (this is not the same file given to Leon Brittan by Geoffrey Dickens) – see here
- A David Cameron aide, Patrick Rock, arrested for child abuse images – see here
- Ex-Police Officer involved in the 1992 arrest of notorious pedophile Peter Righton claims that Righton had in his possession an enormous cache of documents that linked him to an establishment child abuse ring (including senior members of the clergy) – but it was not acted on by the police – see here
- Former civil servant accuses the Home Office of giving tens of thousands of pounds of public money directly to the British pedophile advocacy group P.I.E. (Paedophile Information Exchange) at the request of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch – see here (halfway down the page)
- MP who handed VIP paedophile dossier to Leon Brittan was on triple killer’s hit list – see here
- Labour MP Tom Watson has alleged that a member of a notorious paedophile group was connected to a former No 10 aide. He said: “The evidence that the file used to convict Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring – see here
- A member of the House of Lords escapes probe over 20 child sex claims because he is “suffering dementia” – see here
- The names of at least ten prominent and former politicians plus senior police judges are being named “again and again” by people calling a child abuse hotline – see here
- Baroness Butler-Sloss, the retired judge leading an inquiry into historic sex abuse said she will not quit, after her brother was linked to an Establishment ‘cover-up’ of the paedophile ring she will be investigating – see here
- David Cameron’s adviser on Child Abuse says that a “Westminster Chumocracy” has protected itself from pedophile allegations – see here
- Margaret Thatcher ‘personally covered up’ child abuse allegations against senior ministers, according to a source with “inside knowledge of Scotland Yard in the early 1980s” – see here
- Former Conservative activist Anthony Gilberthorpe alleges he saw top Tories having sex with boys and told Margaret Thatcher about it 25 years ago – see here. He also found “Rent Boys” (sexually abused children) for top Tory politicians – see here A victim tells his side of the story – see here
- A Labour peer identified at the centre of paedophile allegations: letters show the politician cultivated an extremely close relationship with a teenager – see here.
- Retired judge, Baroness Butler-Sloss, steps down as head of major inquiry into sex abuse allegations. Possible reasons: a) her brother Sir Michael Havers was Attorney General during the alleged cover-up of a previous paedophile scandal – see here. b) her brother was seen at a paedophile party in the ’80s by a seemingly credible witness – see here c) she has already examined paedophile claims against a bishop – see here.
- The adopted daughter of Conservative MP Ralph Bonner Pink (now deceased) claims he abused her as a ten year old girl then put her into Broadmoor mental hospital where she was abused by Jimmy Savile – see here.
- Award-winning author alleges that systematic abuse at the council-run Shirley Oaks care home in Surrey was covered up after the investigation turned up information that linked the abuse to a prominent Labour MP in Tony Blair’s government – see here
- An adviser to the Scottish Government uncovered a paedophile ring, which included well known TV personalities, lawyers and police officers. Calls for an investigation were ignored – see here
- A female MP allegedly “abused care home boy aged 13 as part of paedophile network at heart of government” – see here
- A Scotland Yard detective was ‘removed from a paedophile probe after naming politicians’ – see here
- Labour peer Barbara Castle drew up a dossier on VIP paedophiles: the file was seized by Special Branch ‘heavy mob’ – see here. A newspaper editor confirms the story – see here At least two senior Thatcher Ministers were named in the file – see here
- An ex MI5 informant says that MI5 knew about child abuse at Kincora Boys Home and did nothing about it – see here
- A Kincora victim tells of sex abuse and ‘stream of men’ – see here
- Re. paedophile politician Cyril Smith: detective claims three probes were stopped – see here
- Jill Dando, a TV Presenter murdered in 2001, was working to expose a high-profile pedophile ring at the time – see here.
- A UK ex-Minister is being investigated for child abuse. 15 years ago, an investigation into the same person was mothballed and the police officer leading the case was sidelined and then disciplined as a result of his inquiries – see here
- Ex-house of commons Speaker and ex MP, George Thomas (deceased), investigated for abusing a boy – see here
- Home Office whistleblower alleges that Intelligence services infiltrated a Paedophile group (PIE) to blackmail establishment figures – see here
- The son of Conservative MP David Atkinson (deceased) claims his father was a sexual predator, that he was linked to a Westminster paedophile ring, and that he was being blackmailed by a Westminster staff member – see here
- Disgraced MI5 double-agent, Anthony Blunt, frequented well known VIP Paedophile hang-out, Elm Guest House – see here
- Department of Health fails to follow up on allegations of a paedophile ring in Westminster and Whitehall because it was a waste of time – whistleblower was told there were “too many of them over there” – see here
- Police chief removed from paedophile investigation after making several high-profile arrests – see here.
- Ex-Scotland Yard commander: “We were ready to investigate Westminster paedophile ring in early 1980s” – see here
- Jersey Senator arrested on data charges and dismissed from post after claiming that there had been a child-abuse cover up on the island – see here
- Peter Hayman, HM High Commissioner to Canada, who held top posts in the Ministry of Defence and the UK delegation to NATO, was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and was cautioned after his flat was searched and pornographic material pertaining to children was found – see here
- Information held by Conservative whips – including details of any sexual misdemeanours – has been shredded since 1996 – see here – sixth paragraph
- Scotland Yard detective ‘removed from paedophile probe after naming politicians’ – see here
- September and October 2012: Jimmy Savile abuse scandal breaks.
- October 2012: Labour MP Tom Watson claims at Prime Minister’s Questions there is ‘clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10’ and that a ‘senior aide to a former prime minister’ had links to a child sex gang member.
- November 2012: Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk uses parliamentary privilege to claim Cyril Smith sexually abused boys.
- November 2012: the CPS reveals it considered Smith allegations in 1970, 1998 and 1999. It admits Smith should have been prosecuted.
- December 2012: Operation Fairbank set up to examine allegations that VIPs, including politicians, abused young men at Elm Guest House in Barnes, south-west London, in the 1970s and 1980s.
- February 2013: Operation Fernbridge begins investigating the alleged paedophile ring linked to Elm Guest House. The Daily Mail reveals Peter Hatton-Bornshin – allegedly abused there as a teenager – killed himself in 1994, aged 28.
- December 2013: Ex-Labour MP Lord Janner’s home searched by police investigating historical child sex abuse. He is not arrested.
- June 2014: Lord Janner’s Westminster offices searched by police. Again, he is not arrested.
- July 3, 2014: it emerges Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens’ dossier on suspected Establishment paedophiles – sent to then Home Secretary Leon Brittan in 1983 – had “disappeared”, but the Home Office could find no record of it, fuelling claims of a cover-up. Lord Brittan amends his story twice over his dealings with the original document.
- July 5, 2014: more than ten current and former politicians reported to be on a list of alleged child abusers held by police investigating Westminster paedophile ring claims.
- The Daily Mail reveals the Establishment protected diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, when police found child porn at his flat in 1978.
- July 6, 2014: Home Office permanent secretary Mark Sedwill reveals 114 files relating to historical allegations of child sex abuse, 1979 to 1999, have “disappeared” from the department.
- July 7, 2014: Home Secretary Theresa May asks NSPCC’s Peter Wanless to head inquiry into Home Office handling of historical sex abuse cases. She also announces an overarching inquiry.
- Chairman Baroness Butler-Sloss is forced to step down amid questions over the role played by her late brother, Lord Havers, who was attorney general in the 1980s.
- Inquiry replacement Fiona Woolf resigns amid criticism over her ‘Establishment links’, most notably in relation to Lord Brittan.
- Operation Midland, to investigate the Westminister/VIP Child abuse claims – specifically the murder of children who were abused at Dolphin House – is begun
- Sir Cliff Richard’s property raided by Op Midland police; no charges are laid.
- Harvey Proctor’s property raided by Op Midland police; he is questioned but no charges laid
- Leon Brittan’s and Lord Bramall’s properties raided by police. No further action taken.