A burly veteran of scores of amateur boxing bouts, the Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens was best known during his bustling 16-year career in Parliament as a pugnacious right-winger who supplied “hang ‘em and flog ‘em” quotes to the tabloids.
Eighteen years after his death, however, the backbencher’s reputation as a political lightweight is being revised in the wake of a Scotland Yard investigation which is exhuming a scandal long buried in the Westminster of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.
New evidence suggests that Dickens stumbled upon an Establishment paedophile ring in the early 1980s – and that his efforts to expose a cover-up left him in fear of his life. Dickens told fellow MPs that after warning of the existence of the network, he had received threatening phone calls and been burgled twice. He also claimed he had been placed on a “hit-list”, he told the House of Commons in a little-noticed speech.
For four years between 1981 and 1985, Dickens railed in Parliament against a paedophile ring which he claimed was connected to a trade in child pornography, then controlled by gangsters.
In 1981 Dickens had used Parliamentary privilege to name a diplomat and MI6 operative, Sir Peter Hayman as a pederast and demanded the Attorney General explain why he had escaped prosecution over the discovery of violent pornography on a London bus two years previously.
Two years later, in 1983, he warned a paedophile network involved “big, big names – people in positions of power, influence and responsibility” and threatened to expose them in Parliament.
In 1984, he campaigned for the outlawing of Sir Peter’s Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) organisation. He also handed a dossier containing allegations of abuse of children in local authority care to the then Home Secretary, Leon Brittan.
After a 30-minute meeting with Sir Leon, Dickens said he had been “encouraged” but later expressed concern that the Cabinet Minister had not banned the PIE.
Last month Metropolitan Police began Operation Fernbridge into allegations that residents of a childrens home in Richmond, west London, were taken to the nearby Elm Guest House in Barnes, where they were abused. Pornography involving adults having sex with children was allegedly shot at the property and then circulated commercially.
Sir Peter was among the visitors to the property. Others, according to a list seized by Scotland Yard last month, were the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith, the former Russian spy Sir Anthony Blunt, a Sinn Fein politician, a Labour MP, and several Conservative politicians.
After neighbours complained about the arrival of children, the police raided the guesthouse in 1982 but the operation was mysteriously cut short. A 2003 investigation also failed.
During a debate on child abuse in the House of Commons on 29 November 1985, Dickens warned that paedophiles were “evil and dangerous,” adding child pornography generated “vast sums.”
He went on: “The noose around my neck grew tighter after I named a former high-flying British diplomat on the Floor of the House.
“Honourable Members will understand that where big money is involved and as important names came into my possession so the threats began.
“First, I received threatening telephone calls followed by two burglaries at my London home. Then, more seriously, my name appeared on a multi-killer’s hit list.”
In a blog on his website, the Labour MP Tom Watson – whose claims of a powerful paedophile network prompted the new inquiry – said that he had been advised by childcare experts who have tried to expose the scandal to be careful about his personal security. He has asked the Home Office for the dossier presented by Dickens to Sir Leon, but it has not yet been found.
Dickens does not appear to have raised the issue in the Commons again prior to his death in 1995. He told friends he was surprised he had never been made a minister. source http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/tory-mp-warned-of-powerful-paedophile-ring-30-years-ago-8507780.html
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SO WHEN WILL THEY ASK MI5 for THEIR COPY OF THE DICKENS REPORT
Geoffrey Dickens is believed to have made two official copies of his 50-page dossier highlighting paedophiles in Britain’s establishment.
They contained claims of police corruption, names of senior politicians and are believed to have referred to the notorious Elm Guest House.
The B&B in south-west London is the subject of a police probe into allegations that VIPs went there to abuse boys from a nearby care home.
Mr Dickens gave one dossier to the Home Office in 1984 but it apparently vanished. Oh yes
The other was kept by the colourful MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth until his death at the age of 63. That copy was ordered to be destroyed by Mr Dickens’ widow Norma who thought it was “too sensitive” to keep in the family home. She died last year.
Their son Barry, 49, told the Sunday People: “My father’s file was destroyed after his death in 1995 because my mother considered it too sensitive to have hanging around the house. It had been many years since Dad had handed the other copy to the Home Secretary and unfortunately nothing had come of it.”
It means the only possible remaining full orgional copy of the dossier is with the Home Office.
MP Tom Watson has asked the Home Office to produce the dossier. Officials are still trying to track it down.
In 1981 Mr Dickens, then MP for Huddersfield West, had fired the first salvo against top paedophiles when he named diplomat Sir Peter Hayman. More information flooded in and in 1984 he handed his dossier to Home Secretary Leon Brittan.
The Home Office agreed to investigate the allegations and in the mean time Mr Dickens agreed not to use the protection of parliamentary privilege to name more paedophiles.
In 1985 the brave MP told the Commons he had received threatening phone calls and had been put on a “multi-killer’s hit list” following his campaign.
Shockingly it has taken 30 years for Mr Dickens’ allegations to be probed. At the time some MPs tried to undermine his campaign.
His son Barry said: “I see the new investigations as re-establishing my father’s reputation as a serious, campaigning politician.
“People like Jimmy Savile might have been rooted out three decades ago if the Government had acted on my father’s dossier.”