|Cameron and Lexden All in it together|
Dear CEO, Board, Honorary Vice-Presidents and Honorary Members:
I refer to an Honorary Vice President of COBIS, Lord Lexden OBE (formerly Alistair Cooke), The official Historian of the Conservative Party.
In 1994, issue 24, a magazine called Scallywag published the following allegation:
― that on 14 November 1992 in Dolphin Square, Alistair Cooke had taken active part in a 'paedophile party' that took place in the apartment of Robert Banks MP.The magazine reported that Alistair Cooke was positively identified by Robert Banks' researcher, Anthony Lillis, who was at the scene and who later became a whistleblower of sorts.It was suggested that some or all of the "young boys" abused (some possibly aged just 14) were highly vulnerable residents or former residents of the 'Bryn Alyn Community' children's homes in North Wales. Boys whom John Allen, in conjunction with other paedophile 'fixers' in Westminster, had allegedly frightened or cajoled into prostitution/child prostitution.
The context to the article can be briefly summarised:
The boys reportedly cajoled into being sexually abused by men in Dolphin Square (and elsewhere) were alleged in many cases to be current or former residents of children's homes. Some of those institutions would have been local London homes. As well, the magazine suggested that a number of boys were, or had been, residents of the Bryn Alyn Community children's homes in North Wales, which at the time were managed and owned by a certain John Allen. Allen reportedly helped residents or former residents of his Welsh homes to become established in other locations (such as London), on an understanding that those whom he assisted would work as 'child prostitutes', being raped in Dolphin Square and elsewhere.
Westminster lobbyist Derek Laud (referred to in the article), and another lobbyist, the late Ian Greer, were alleged to have been using 'John Allen's boys' (and possibly others) in highly illegal 'Boys for Questions' operations: of which the alleged 'paedophile party' described above may have been one manifestation. John Allen is now serving life in prison.
In light of COBIS' special association with Lord Lexden (formerly Alistair Cooke), the CEO, Board, Honorary Vice-Presidents and Honorary Members of your organisation will wish urgently to make inquiries with a view to establishing:
1. Whether your Honorary Vice Patron, Lord Lexden, featured in police inquiries (whether at the time or more recently) related to alleged child sexual abuse or child trafficking?
2. Whether your Honorary Vice Patron, as a senior official at the heart of the Conservative Party in Westminster at the time, was aware of the alleged 'Boys for Questions' operations encircling Parliament?
3. Whether your Honorary Vice Patron was ever the subject of arrest or police caution?
4. (If yes to any of the above) How in the world did Lord Lexden OBE come to be an honorary patron of COBIS notwithstanding your safeguarding procedures and child protection duties, and what will be done about it?
Again, there is no suggestion by me that your Honorary Vice President, Lord Lexden is guilty of any wrongdoing. I simply wish to know, from a child protection standpoint, what the facts are.
I look forward to receiving a timely response to my concerns and questions from the CEO, Board, Honorary Vice-Presidents and Honorary Members of theCouncil of British International Schools.