Westminster paedophile dossier destroyed after being handed to police

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FORMER home secretary Lord Brittan has defended his handling of a 1980s dossier alleging the existence a Westminster paedophile ring - after the Government admitted it appeared to have been destroyed.

The Tory peer issued a statement today (July 2) after being challenged to "share what he knows" about the file containing claims of politicians' involvement in organised child sex abuse.

Last year the former MP for Cleveland and Whitby and later Richmond, North Yorkshire, said he could not "recollect" the 50 page dossier compiled by former Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens.

However, Lord Brittan issued an initial statement today (July 2) confirming that he had met Mr Dickens and a "substantial bundle of papers" were passed to officials to investigate.

He added that he was unable to "recall being contacted further about these matters by Home Office officials or by Mr Dickens or by anyone else".

Baron Brittan of Spennithorne, near Richmond, then issued a second statement admitting he had misremembered events and the material was assessed by the Director of Public Prosecutions and handed to police.

His clarification came after the emergence of an independent Home Office review conducted last year.

It revealed the files presented by Mr Dickens had "not been retained" by the department - but concluded all information received between 1979 and 1999 was handled correctly.

An extract from a letter included in the report showed Lord Brittan wrote to Mr Dickens in March 1984 saying: "You drew my attention to a number of allegations concerning paedophilia when you called here on November 23 and in subsequent letters.

"I am now able to tell you that, in general terms, the view of the Director of Public Prosecutions is that two of the letters you forwarded could form the basis for inquiries by the police and they are now being passed to the appropriate authorities."

The review concluded: "The letter confirms that the information was considered at the time and that any matters requiring investigation were referred to the police."

Lord Brittan said later: "The Home Office independent review is entirely consistent with the action I set out in my earlier statement. Whilst I could not recall what further action was taken 30 years ago, the information contained in this report shows that appropriate action and follow-up happened."

His intervention came after Labour MP Simon Danczuk urged him to spell out what he knew about the Dickens dossier - believed to have contained information about the Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie) and abuse networks operating around Westminster.

Mr Danczuk, who has investigated claims of abuse by ex-Rochdale MP Cyril Smith, is calling for a "Hillsborough-style" inquiry to prevent allegations involving politicians being "swept under the carpet".

He insisted there was "no reason" why the dossier should have been destroyed by the Home Office.

"This was the 1980s, not the 1880s. There would be no reason for destroying a document that made allegations of serious criminality," he said.

"Many people will think it has been destroyed to protect the people whose names were in it."

Mr Danczuk said the Home Office needed to clarify what action was taken by police and other authorities based on the DPP's assessment.

A Home Office spokesman said the Dickens file was not retained "in line with departmental policy" on record keeping.

Former director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald told BBC Radio 4's PM programme: "It sounds to me as though there needs to be further investigation into this. Some of the detail is more than troubling. It's always alarming when material goes missing."

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8:27pm Wed 2 Jul 14

nigel d says...

How many more celebs and powerful people have been protected by other people in power during the eighties, no wonder saville and his cronies got away with so much.
How many more celebs and powerful people have been protected by other people in power during the eighties, no wonder saville and his cronies got away with so much. nigel d
  • Score: 15

10:27pm Wed 2 Jul 14

calumannabel says...

Now I heard a lot of rumours about a high level Eurocrat being involved in abusing children - no doubt they had little substance!! Maybe some of the victims need to come forward!!
Now I heard a lot of rumours about a high level Eurocrat being involved in abusing children - no doubt they had little substance!! Maybe some of the victims need to come forward!! calumannabel
  • Score: 4

10:34pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Given how he seems to be have worked in every hospital in the country - (given the divergent geographical claims made), the answer to the disappereance is obvious. Saville must also have been a part-time cleaner in the Home Office
Given how he seems to be have worked in every hospital in the country - (given the divergent geographical claims made), the answer to the disappereance is obvious. Saville must also have been a part-time cleaner in the Home Office Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 2

11:21pm Wed 2 Jul 14

LUSTARD says...

ask mr dickens for a photocopy
ask mr dickens for a photocopy LUSTARD
  • Score: 4

5:52am Thu 3 Jul 14

darloboss says...

well in the words of cilla black suprise suprise
well in the words of cilla black suprise suprise darloboss
  • Score: 5

11:18am Thu 3 Jul 14

stevegg says...

There must have been one huge coverup protecting senior public officials and celebrities during the 1960's- 1990's from what we are now discovering, and this is only the tip of the iceberg, how many more are there out there. Hundreds if not thousands have escaped any justice thanks to official burying of enquiries and documents. This must have been sanctioned at the highest levels of government. And we were always led to belive our authorities were beyond reproach!
There must have been one huge coverup protecting senior public officials and celebrities during the 1960's- 1990's from what we are now discovering, and this is only the tip of the iceberg, how many more are there out there. Hundreds if not thousands have escaped any justice thanks to official burying of enquiries and documents. This must have been sanctioned at the highest levels of government. And we were always led to belive our authorities were beyond reproach! stevegg
  • Score: 3

3:11pm Thu 3 Jul 14

punkrocker says...

a former hartlepool man will be breathing a huge sigh of relieve at the burning of this evidence. still plenty of victums in europe to have.
a former hartlepool man will be breathing a huge sigh of relieve at the burning of this evidence. still plenty of victums in europe to have. punkrocker
  • Score: 1

11:01pm Thu 3 Jul 14

behonest says...

punkrocker wrote:
a former hartlepool man will be breathing a huge sigh of relieve at the burning of this evidence. still plenty of victums in europe to have.
Ha! Ha!

And if you ever feel like listening to classical music, I recommend Mendelssohn.
[quote][p][bold]punkrocker[/bold] wrote: a former hartlepool man will be breathing a huge sigh of relieve at the burning of this evidence. still plenty of victums in europe to have.[/p][/quote]Ha! Ha! And if you ever feel like listening to classical music, I recommend Mendelssohn. behonest
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11:06pm Thu 3 Jul 14

behonest says...

"Westminster paedophile dossier destroyed after being handed to police"

No, surely not. You mean we're not all equal before the law? You mean the British Establishment of Lab/Tory/Lib don't lead by example?

I'd never have thought it...
"Westminster paedophile dossier destroyed after being handed to police" No, surely not. You mean we're not all equal before the law? You mean the British Establishment of Lab/Tory/Lib don't lead by example? I'd never have thought it... behonest
  • Score: 1

12:29pm Sun 6 Jul 14

bettysenior says...

The Home Office is a corrupt department of government. Therefore a public enquiry into this department is fully overdue. Indeed civil servants within the department from the top down have hoodwinked ministers for decades and corrupted information that ministers have based their decision-making process on for all those decades. For behind closed doors and away from the Home Office senior civil servants have made countless deals with financial and economic interests to the detriment of the British people. Just one single example but highly relevant is how the mighty pharmaceutical industry through Home Office senior civil servants stopped the introduction of the humane cure for class 'A' drug addiction that would have hit the bottom-line of drug companies by billions of dollars every year. So the Home Office suppressed it and stopped it with the complicity of politicians and former Home Secretaries.

'What ‘Successive’ Governments and Whitehall have covered-up and ‘Not’ told the British People about Hard Drug Addiction Treatments that simply will never work' - http://worldinnovati
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-successive-governme
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Time definitely for a 'PUBLIC' Enquiry into the loss of these destroyed child paedophile files (senior home office civil servants were cited within them according to media information) and the Home Office's draconian and corrupt operations - the things that the voters never learn about. The reason, the press and UK media never disclosed it either concerning how the Home Office buried the only cheap and humane cure for hard drug addiction. Therefore all the Establishment is duplicitous in the cover-ups that have gone on for decades - senior civil servants - senior politician - UK media.
Again the people need to know the truth and only a Public Enquiry can get to the bottom of this, not an internal investigation by a so-called independent who will whitewash everyone as usual.
The Home Office is a corrupt department of government. Therefore a public enquiry into this department is fully overdue. Indeed civil servants within the department from the top down have hoodwinked ministers for decades and corrupted information that ministers have based their decision-making process on for all those decades. For behind closed doors and away from the Home Office senior civil servants have made countless deals with financial and economic interests to the detriment of the British people. Just one single example but highly relevant is how the mighty pharmaceutical industry through Home Office senior civil servants stopped the introduction of the humane cure for class 'A' drug addiction that would have hit the bottom-line of drug companies by billions of dollars every year. So the Home Office suppressed it and stopped it with the complicity of politicians and former Home Secretaries. 'What ‘Successive’ Governments and Whitehall have covered-up and ‘Not’ told the British People about Hard Drug Addiction Treatments that simply will never work' - http://worldinnovati onfoundation.blogspo t.co.uk/2014/01/what -successive-governme nts-and.html Time definitely for a 'PUBLIC' Enquiry into the loss of these destroyed child paedophile files (senior home office civil servants were cited within them according to media information) and the Home Office's draconian and corrupt operations - the things that the voters never learn about. The reason, the press and UK media never disclosed it either concerning how the Home Office buried the only cheap and humane cure for hard drug addiction. Therefore all the Establishment is duplicitous in the cover-ups that have gone on for decades - senior civil servants - senior politician - UK media. Again the people need to know the truth and only a Public Enquiry can get to the bottom of this, not an internal investigation by a so-called independent who will whitewash everyone as usual. bettysenior
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