While the Profumo Affair (see end of article for details) was a sex scandal of the early 1960s that implicated the Minister of War and led to the downfall of the Macmillan Government, that is nothing compared to the sex scandal that was largely confined to the Conservative higher echelons some twenty years later and is now only just being properly investigated after several false starts. It is a scandal that involves every level of the British establishment: a Home Secretary, a head of MI6, an Attorney-General, MPs – and that’s just for starters. It is also a scandal that as well as child abuse involves murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice on a massive scale. Victims and witnesses – despite threats to their life – are coming forward. And now there has been a conviction. The floodgates have been opened…
The IPCC, the police watchdog, has launched three new investigations into claims that corrupt police officers covered up allegations relating to a Westminster/VIP child sex abuse ring. Seventeen allegations of police cover-up in relation to child sex offences from the 1970s to the 2000s are being examined: these include claims that police dropped an investigation into child sex abuse committed by MPs, judges, celebrities, police and ministers of religion. See ‘The Cover -up’ section, below, for more.
Meanwhile, an online investigative research site – Exaro – has made available a highly secure, encrypted dropbox for anyone who can provide evidence in relation to the abuse or the cover-up. (Note: users of this service may wish to upload files to the dropbox from an Internet cafe or via a facility that hides the IP address.) Exaro are also playing an intermediary role between witnesses and the police investigations teams.
The fear is that the truth of what happened will only fully emerge once all the main perpetrators and those guilty of the cover-up are dead – and many are. The police are discovering that hard or even corroborating evidence is difficult to find, given that the main players have closed ranks. However, over the last month or so there have been some interesting developments…
- Last Friday, Tony McSweeney, a Catholic priest, was sentenced to three years imprisonment after being convicted of sexual assault on a 15 year old boy at the Grafton Close Boys Home. The home was one of several alleged to have supplied boys to the notorious Elm Guest House (see below) where many VIPs and celebrities and politicians visited or stayed. McSweeney was arrested in February 2013 as part of the ongoing police investigation into the Westminster/VIP child sex abuse ring and what happened at Elm Guest House.
- Four days ago police issued a press release stating that five police officers had come forward to give evidence regarding an incident involving Sir Cyril Smith (the late Liberal Party MP) in the 1980s when Northamptonshire police found child sex abuse videos in Smith’s car but were forced to take no action after Smith had made a phone call to London. Smith was named as a regular visitor to the notorious Elm Guest House (see below).
- Richard Kerr, who is now living in Dallas, USA, was abused at the Kincora Boys Home (Northern Ireland) and, crucially, was similarly abused in London by VIPs at a flat at the Dolphin Square complex and at Elm Guest House. Earlier this month Kerr was interviewed by Channel 4 News and he related how the police had threatened him, put him in a police cell and made it clear that there would be dire consequences if he talked about the abuse. e is now prepared to give evidence.
- Last month the properties of the late Sir Leon Brittan (the former Tory Home Secretary) were searched by police, presumably looking for evidence about the Westminster/VIP child sex abuse ring. Brittan was recently named by ‘Nick’, a victim of the Westminster/VIP child sex abuse ring, as allegedly present when a boy was murdered at a flat at Dolphin Square, a luxury apartment complex where many MPs have accommodation. Operation Midland police are now investigating these allegations further. (Altogether three children were murdered: one boy was strangled by a Conservative MP, a second was murdered by two men and was witnessed by another Conservative MP, and a third was deliberately run over by a car.) N.B. Brittan, who died earlier this year, was buried in an unmarked grave in Golders Green cemetery.
- ‘Nick’, who was treated sadistically at the Dolphin Square flat, also claimed he saw one of the murdered boys strangled by a Conservative MP, that he knew of another murder that took place in front of a Conservative government minister (he purportedly told Operation Midland police that this was Leon Brittan) and that a third boy was killed after he had been deliberately run over by a car. ‘Nick’ claimed that there were three Tory MPs at the Dolphin Square parties, as well as Sir Peter Hayman (former deputy director of MI6). ‘Nick’ has called for other witnesses (victims) to come forward to give corroborating evidence to what happened at Dolphin Square and at a holding flat in Pimlico.
- Another witness, “Darren”, identified Peter Righton (founder of the Paedophile Information Exchange)as the person who would traffick victims, organise affairs at the Dolphin Square flat and was himself an abuser. “Darren” also claims that Righton buried one of the murdered children at a secluded country estate, Thornham Magna, which he used as a bolthole. “Darren” claims many Tory MPs would be present at the Dolphin Square abuse ‘parties’. There was also a claim that a young girl was murdered at the Dolphin Square flat.
- The property of disgraced former Tory MP, Harvey Proctor, was also raided last month. No charges were subsequently preferred and Mr Proctor later issued a statement denying any knowledge of what had been going on at Dolphin Square, the sex parties there (or any other venue) and the alleged murders (of three boys). He added that he welcomes the opportunity to be interviewed by the police to clear his name. However, the statement he released to the press made no mention of Elm Guest House, even though his name was listed by the late owner as having allegedly visited the establishment. (Proctor’s alleged Elm Guest House nickname was ‘Jensen’.) In 1987 Harvey Proctor was convicted and fined for sex offences of a sado-masochistic nature against teenage boys and was forced to resign as an MP.
Note… Prominent figures named as alleged attendees at Elm Guest House include: Sir Jimmy Savile (celebrity), Sir Cyril Smith (Liberal Party MP and nicknamed Mr Tubby), Sir Nicholas Fairburn (Tory MP and Solicitor-General for Scotland), Leon Brittan (MP, Home Secretary and nicknamed Roger), Harvey Proctor (former MO and nicknamed ‘Jensen’), Colin Jordan (leader of the National Front and nicknamed Mr Nasty), Sir Anthony Blunt (disgraced MI6 spy and nicknamed Anthony Goldstein,), Peter Brook (Life Peer), Sir Cliff Richard (pop star), Sir Peter Bottomley (Tory MP), Louis Minster (Director of Social Services, Richmond CC), George Tremlett (GLC leader), Colin Peters QC, Donald Naismith (Director of Education Wandsworth), Harry Hall (Leader Wandsworth Council), named MI5 agents and several named police officers.
Parallel to these developments, there has been a significant attempt to cover-up what has happened. Last week a majority of MPs (click here to see the list) voted in Parliament against a motion by child abuse campaigner John Mann MP to provide immunity from charges under the Official Secrets Act to anyone – police officers (serving or otherwise) or members of the Intelligence services (serving or otherwise) – who give evidence in relation to child sex abuse activities or the cover-up – see below – of those activities.
The cover-up (summary):
- A dossier of evidence was first collated by Labour MP Barbara Castle. It alleged that Sir Keith Joseph and Sir Rhodes Boyson, other MPs, senior policemen, head teachers and clergy were involved in child sex abuse activities (later backed up by claims made by one of the abused). Castle handed the dossier to Don Hale, the respected editor of her local newspaper, the Bury Messenger. Mr Hale later claimed that a “heavy mob” of Special Branch officers raided his office and confiscated the dossier a day after Cyril Smith had visited him to demand he bury the story. Here is confirmation of the story. At least two senior Thatcher Ministers were named in the file.
- Labour MP Geoffrey Dickens presented the Castle dossier (see ‘Appendix E’ here) to Sir Leon Brittan. Later Brittan claimed to have lost over 114 files of evidence and allegations relating to child sex abuse at Dolphin Square and Elm Guest House. (Incidentally, Brittan was named as an attendee at Elm Guest House by its late owner – Brittan’s Elm Guest House nickname was ‘Roger’.) These missing files were ‘disappeared’ or destroyed but may have been included in a larger list, named in a Government internal file that shows that over 2000 files were recorded ‘disappeared’ or missing. Labour MP Simon Danczuk was allegedly warned by a top Conservative MP not to challenge Leon Brittan over the paedophile dossier. Scotland Yard also handed Brittan another dossier naming 15 members of a notorious paedophile group: this file is also unaccounted for. There was also a claim by a former Scotland Yard police officer that the police had photographed Brittan during a raid on a premises where boys were being abused but that the matter was not taken further.
- According to an account recently given to the BBC, a police undercover team targeted six or more addresses in south London, including a flat in Coronation Buildings, Lambeth. Over three months, officers gathered evidence of men abusing boys aged around 14, including pictures and video taken from inside the flat. Cyril Smith is said to have been one of those caught on camera, another being a senior member of Britain’s intelligence agencies. Smith was later seized at a property in Streatham, where he had reportedly been taking part in a sex party with teenage boys, and was taken to a police station but released that night. A desk sergeant was reprimanded for wanting to keep him in custody. In November 2012 Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk used parliamentary privilege to claim Smith sexually abused boys. A police detective claims three probes against Cyril Smith were stopped. Chris Marshall, an abuse victim, says he was just seven or eight when then-MP Smith – known among pupils of Knowl View school as ‘the fat man’– forced him to perform sickening sex acts. An 80-page evidence file on Smith, submitted by police concluded: “Prima facie, he appears guilty of numerous offences of indecent assault.” Despite the certainty of detectives, an official at the DPP’s office – the forerunner of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – replied in a brief letter to the chief constable there was no ‘reasonable prospect of a conviction’. More recently it was claimed that Greater Manchester Police covered-up how Smith was discovered at a house where alleged child sex abuse took place.
- The former head of Britain’s MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield, was reportedly observed by his Special Branch guards making use of boys from the Kincora Boys Home. Ken Livingstone (the ex-Mayor of London and Labour MP) claimed that MI5 orchestrated paedophile events at Kincora in order to blackmail politicians. (A Home Office whistleblower also alleged that the Intelligence services infiltrated a paedophile group (PIE) to blackmail establishment figures.) An ex MI5 informant says that MI5 knew about child abuse at Kincora and did nothing about it.
- Then there are questions about how much Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who presided over the period when most of the abuse occurred, knew about the scandal. Tory activist Anthony Gilberthorpe claimed he provided 40 pages of evidence about Cabinet members abusing under-age boys to Thatcher and that Sir Keith Joseph, Sir Rhodes Boyson, Dr Alastair Smith and Sir Michael Havers were involved. Gilberthorpe also claimed he supplied under-age “rent boys” for private sex parties at Tory conferences and that he was willing to testify to this at any inquiry. Police were handed another dossier by MP John Mann, naming 22 individuals: these include six serving parliamentarians from an early dossier (three MPs and three members of the House of Lords), 14 Conservative politicians, 5 Labour politicians and 3 politicians from other parties. Again, two of the politicians named in this dossier are Sir Keith Joseph and Sir Rhodes Boyson. According to a source with “inside knowledge of Scotland Yard in the early 1980s” Margaret Thatcher ‘personally covered up’ child abuse allegations against senior ministers. In October 2012 Labour MP Tom Watson claimed at Prime Minister’s Questions that 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. Watson also alleged that “the evidence that the file used to convict Peter Righton [founder of the Paedophile Information Exchange] if it still exists contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring”.
- There is also the question as to whether Tory Party grandee Willie Whitelaw colluded with the police in the cover-up of the scandal and it is inconceivable he did not know about the 40-page dossier submitted to the Home Office by the late campaigning Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1983. Jeff Edwards, the journalist who made the allegations against Whitelaw, claims that just days after his story was published he was summoned by police and threatened with prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.
- Another Tory grandee Lord Tebbit admitted that there was an establishment cover-up of child abuse.
- The Daily Mail revealed that the Establishment protected diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, when police found child porn at his flat in 1978.
- In December 2013 ex-Labour MP Lord Janner’s home was searched by police investigating historical child sex abuse. He was not arrested. In June 2014 Lord Janner’s Westminster offices was searched by police. Again, he was not arrested. (It has since been revealed that in 1989 his house was to be raided but that police were warned off.)
- A police chief was removed from paedophile investigation after making several high-profile arrests.
- The Department of Health failed to follow up allegations of a paedophile ring in Westminster and Whitehall because it was a waste of time – a whistleblower was told there were “too many of them over there”.
- Sir Michael Havers, the Attorney General from 1979 to 1987, has been the subject of a number of allegations, including that he helped stop the Elm Guest House investigation, tried to stop Sir Peter Hayman being named in Parliament by Geoffrey Dickens MP and tried to limit the inquiry into the Kincora boys home sex scandal. Havers was allegedly seen at a paedophile party in the 1980s by a seemingly credible witness.
- An ex-police officer involved in the 1992 arrest of Righton claims he 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 that it was not acted on by the police.
- A Conservative Party Whip from 1970-1973 admitted to covering up problems for MPs, such as “a scandal with small boys”, because then the MP would “do what you want forever more”. Ex Government minister Lord Warner also stated that children’s homes were a ‘supply line’ for paedophiles in the 1980s,
- A Scotland Yard detective was ‘removed from a paedophile probe after naming politicians’.
- Special Branch detectives alleged that child sex abuse and child murders inquiries could not proceed because certain politicians were untouchable.
See also: Westminster child sex abuse scandal: the cover-up laid bare for more extensive timeline of cover-up
Note re Profumo Affair:
The Profumo Affair involved several establishment figures who attended sex parties organised by Lord Astor. One prominent figure who attending the parties and who had sexual relationship with socialite Christine Keeler was John Profumo, Minister of War. However, Keeler was also having a sexual relationship with the Russian Naval Attache, Captain Yevgeny Ivanov. The ensuing scandal saw the prosecution of osteopath Stephen Ward – who was falsely accused of living off the immoral earnings of Keeler and her friend Mandy-Rice Davies. The subsequent trial of Ward led to his conviction. After listening to the judge’s damning summing-up, Ward allegedly took an overdose of sleeping tablets and was taken to hospital. On the next day he was found guilty in absentia of the charges relating to Keeler and Rice-Davies. Sentence was postponed until Ward was fit to appear, but a few days later he died from the overdose (though it was suggested that Ward was killed by an agent or agents acting for MI6). In the fall-out Profumo was forced to resign his post once it became clear he had lied to Parliament; not long after the Conservative Government collapsed.