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Food for thought?

The first effect of broadcasting Nick’s detailed allegations is that anybody wishing to make a false allegation has now been given not just rumours, which in truth have been flying around on the internet for years, but a detailed and apparently first-hand description of exactly how another witness says the abuse took place. This, of course, flies in the face of good policing practice in which the account of one witness is never given to other potential witnesses precisely because of the danger of contamination. It is true that neither Exaro nor the BBC has actually given the names of the alleged abusers but 5 minutes on the internet would supply a selection of Tory MPs and cabinet ministers about whom rumours have swirled. Most of those who were cabinet ministers in Mrs Thatcher’s first administration are now dead, so the tidbit that the Minister in question is still alive narrows the field to about 10 suspects.

In any case involving multiple complainants the defence always strives hard to show that the complainants may have colluded with each other, or at least that later complainants knew of the substance of an earlier complaint, while the prosecution tries to show that such collusion or awareness is unlikely. Well, Exaro and the BBC together have comprehensively ensured that any future complainant will be aware of the detail of Nick’s complaint and his evidence will for that reason be devalued. In a nutshell, if a future witness relates similar details to Nick’s he will be accused of having learnt them from the BBC and Exaro interviews. It is on such issues that cases turn.

Barrister Blogger 16/11/14

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Transcript Of Audio Tape

Foreword.

Any transcription as difficult to hear, in places, as this is going to be open to interpretation. It is completely understandable that others may have different interpretations. We respect that and do not suggest that a different interpretation is more valid than our own. Nor do we dispute that what we have labeled as [inaudible] might be heard by keener ears.

For example, Exaro have quoted a passage  “The person was involved and that is why we had to seal the video.  And then the department, the superiors took over.”

We have down;

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, well that person was involved and, er, that’s why we had to seize the video

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
And then, er, the department superiors took over and that’s the end of my [inaudible]

Minor differences.

Before The Telegraph story HERE and the knowledge that the customs officer was aware of a different incident, it is quite understandable that the journalist might have misinterpreted the customs officer’s answers. However, in the light of that story I think it is quite clear that both parties were at cross purposes.

Our understanding is that Paul Peachy of The Independent did not make a recording of his encounter and this is the only other interview with the customs officer that we know of in February.

For me this exchange near the end is telling, I’ve bolded this in the transcript.

REPORTER
Did you tell him [Paul Peachy] as well that it was him, or had you mentioned

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
No, I told him exactly what I am telling you, and I can’t say more than what I say already. All information, that’s the place in Dover [inaudible] you’ll be able to tell you what happened.

As I understand it, Paul Peachy walked away thinking he had nothing.

To me it is clear that the customs officer does not believe that he has told the journalist anything more.

For obvious legal reasons redactions have been made.

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 Duration: 18’ 47”

Note: This recording appears – from the audio quality (muffled and affected by clothes rustles) to have been covertly recorded. At no point does the reporter indicate to the EX CUSTOMS OFFICER that he is being recorded.
REPORTER
(Footsteps; ‘beep’ & rustle precede first audible words from reporter)
… from Amsterdam: do you recall ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Er [inaudible] something I er
[woman’s voice – inaudible]

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER

[inaudible] official er … I am bound by secrets act.

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I am not supposed to [inaudible] anything

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Er if you [inaudible] about this, you’ll have to go to the right channel. [inaudible] I can’t really …

REPORTER
No, of course, and what I will do is I wouldn’t name you, I wouldn’t put anything to do with your identity …

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
It’s just background information as to what the…

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
What sort of information ?

REPORTER
Well, what was contained on it ? ‘Cos we think that there might have been, erm, pornography involving children that would involving also mainly prominent people, erm, at the time in terms of like MPs, er, that kind of thing

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Why don’t you approach the department ?

REPORTER
We have. But it’s not, er which department – the

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Customs

REPORTER
Excise. Well, they said that they, erm,

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Did you go to right channel, like er, er, department in Dover ? They’re the people who have all the records. I am bound by Secrets Acts not to, not to disclose any sort of information in my career. So I hope you understand what I’m trying to tell you.

REPORTER
Of course. Of course. But would you be able to just sort of let me know, off, completely off the record: the material that was found on that coach involved videos of children, and it also involved children with a prominent MP.

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
That MP, his name’s [REDACTED NAME].

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Yeah ?

REPORTER
Is that correct ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Um, hum

REPORTER
[inaudible] Have you spoken to the police ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Not recent

REPORTER
Did you speak to them at the time ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Er, hah, it’s a long time ago and as you probably know we get lots of these things and I was involved in quite a few. I can’t be [inaudible] one particular case. All records are kept at Dover: I think you’ve got to go there.

REPORTER
OK. Do you know whereabouts in Dover ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Yeah, it’s er, I’ll give you the address [inaudible] .. [lengthy pause – no dialogue just atmosphere]

REPORTER
Did you yourself view the, er, any of the footage of [inaudible]: did you have to sit down and watch what was on the videos

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Oh yeah, I can’t just seize them just like that. Er, you want to have address ? It’s HM Customs & Excise

REPORTER
Yeah

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Priory Court – P-R-I-O-R-Y Court, C-O-U-R-T, Johns Road, Saint Johns Road, Dover, CT 17

REPORTER
What was it, sorry ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
CT – T – 1 – 7, S for Sugar, H

REPORTER
H; OK
From what you remember, though, was there actually abuse taking place by this MP ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Sorry ?

REPORTER
Was the MP, [REDACTED NAME], er, actually abusing children on the video ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, I can’t disclose anything, sorry

REPORTER
No

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I can’t disclose anything

REPORTER
Off the record, you’ve told me that he, it was [REDACTED NAME]

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
What I can suggest is that you can approach my [inaudible] there and ask for the details. Whatever the [inaudible] you and they’re supposed to tell you. But I am not supposed to tell you anything.

REPORTER
No. Well this is just off the record, it’s for research really

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, I can only, can’t say

REPORTER
But [REDACTED NAME]
[NB: it is not clear from the recording whether these three words are spoken by the reporter or the EX CUSTOMS OFFICER]

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Not everything

REPORTER
But [REDACTED NAME] was involved, was in, on one of the videos ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I don’t understand, er, [pause] a long time ago. Some detail, whatever, I don’t know. But I think you’re right about this to go to Dover, and go to this place: they should have all my records, all the records of the event.

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
So, rather than ask me, [inaudible] I might be telling you something or

REPORTER
No, no, what I’ll do is I’ll go and check, whatever you tell me now I’ll go and check the details. Er, this, this points, St Johns Road, HM Customs & Excise, Priory Court, is that an archive system ? Is that the archive ? The archive, the Customs Excise, this particular address here, is that the archive where they have all the information ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible] er, our HQ in Dover
REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
As I say, this was long time ago; they might not have all the records at there, they might have forwarded it to London office, you know

REPORTER
Sure

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
But,er, your best bet is Dover.

REPORTER
But you remember watching the videos, you had to ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, as I say, you can’t just seize things without reason

REPORTER
Was there, was this an intelligence, this was tipped off from the Dutch intelligence ? Er,that tipped of the British police and the British Customs & Excise that this coach had a, did contain, erm, material involving children ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Sorry, I can’t say anything

REPORTER
Alright, OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I’m bound by the [brief cross talk – inaudible] all the details will be kept, are kept when [inaudible] they should have all the information

REPORTER
And this, this, the only reason I ask about [REDACTED NAME], it says, under his name here it says [REDACTED NAME], one videocassette entitled [REDACTED NAME]. And it’s come to my attention that it might be, that it involves, so I’m told, it involves the MP [REDACTED NAME]

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, I say, well I recollect a complete, a complete list. It happened a long time ago and, er, so what [inaudible], so when another case comes along it is passed on to the head of headquarters and they are the people who will [inaudible] all the information. Because it’s something I don’t want to involved

REPORTER
No. Of course. Which is why you passed it on to some, which is why you passed it on to the police at the time in 1982. Erm, but they haven’t spoken to you recently.

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Who ?

REPORTER
The police

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
What for ?

REPORTER
For ? Because, because of who it might contain on the actual videos

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
A gentleman came yesterday and you are the next one. Prior to this I had no [inaudible] with anybody

REPORTER
Was the, was the gentleman who came yesterday police ? Or a journalist ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Journalist

REPORTER
Do you know where, was he from The Independent ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible] Independent newspaper

REPORTER
Paul, his name was, wasn’t it, Paul Peachey. OK. And what did you say to Paul, did you tell him anything else about what

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I said the same thing. And as I say, I’m bound by

REPORTER
Oh, no, no, I completely
EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I, I can’t really, I can’t [inaudible] this particular case

REPORTER
No, OK, I understand that but, I mean is there any, having come from London I wanted, really wanted to sort of get a few

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I understand but I

REPORTER
Look, if you, you, um, remember, can you tell me what you remember about it that you can, so and which I can, I can get checked [inaudible] this place in Dover.

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
I was just wondering whether I could make a note of what you remember about this particular case so I can get this checked with Customs & Excise at St John’s Road in Dover

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
You’ve got enough details there, and if you contact the, er, Dover office where records are kept, they will know to what to tell you. Then, er, you know, you will get an idea what they are after

REPORTER
OK. Is it public record though – will they, er, to provide, ‘cos what I wanted to know, which they might not tell me, which I was hoping I might be able to get a, just a [inaudible]

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
You’ve got enough, enough [inaudible] there, once you mention my name and the date and the case, you know, they’ll be able to tell you what happened.

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
And [inaudible] say where to go [inaudible]

REPORTER
Alright, well what they might not be able to tell me is who, what was on the video. Are you able to just sort of let me know if I’m barking up the wrong tree by

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Sorry, don’t, don’t try to force me because I can’t
REPORTER
No, no, no, you can’t tell me

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
No

REPORTER
But I’m not far wrong when I say certain members, certain MPs at the time, were included in those videos ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible] because [inaudible] you can

REPORTER
Cabinet

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
So it was [REDACTED NAME], wasn’t it [brief cross-talk – inaudible] he was part of the EC at the time

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
But as I say, I mean, I can’t, I can’t pinpoint everything

REPORTER
No

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
In reality my memory is failing me as well

REPORTER
No, of course

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
You know

REPORTER
Do you know, he was never, I don’t think [REDACTED NAME] was ever charged with anything

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Because if that case was passed on to our headquarters and then what happened I don’t know.

REPORTER
OK. Erm. And do you know and when you say it was Europe it was the European Commission, wasn’t it, EC ? Um. Do you know what was happening on it, was it, the one that [inaudible] that this member of the cabinet was abusing children or was just on a video ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I can’t remember now.

REPORTER
Just that you might of, he was on the video

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Well, well that person was involved and, er, that’s why we had to seize the video

REPORTER
OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
And then, er, the department superiors took over and that’s the end of my [inaudible]

REPORTER
OK. And you saw him on the video ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I can’t tell you that

REPORTER
OK. Well [inaudible] we, er, we haven’t gone to [REDACTED NAME] yet, we’re trying to sort of, might be the next port of call. He lives up in [REDACTED LOCATION] now [inaudible]. But you’ve certainly had no calls from the police, Yewtree, you remember Yewtree that was set up after the Jimmy Saville scandal ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
They haven’t contacted you at all

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
No, no, no: nothing actually. The last thing was the gentleman came here [inaudible] that’s it.

REPORTER
Before that it was probably what, 80s ? 1982, when you last spoke to the police ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Er, I haven’t spoken since to anybody
REPORTER
OK. Um.

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I mean this is, this was my job and it happened and everything was then sorted out then [inaudible] was closed. [inaudible]

REPORTER
Are you surprised though that [REDACTED NAME], never

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Pardon ?

REPORTER
Are you surprised that [REDACTED NAME] never, um, was facing any police investigation ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Nah

REPORTER
You weren’t surprised. Is that because it was perhaps a cover-up ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
It’s difficult to say

REPORTER
You can’t say because of, er. OK.
Er. Is there any contact number I can get, your phone number ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
My [inaudible] ?

REPORTER
Yeah, it’s er, it was just it, it will only be to check things with you, nothing more

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
It’s er, [REDACTED LOCATION]

REPORTER
And that’s [REDACTED TELEPHONE CODE], is that right ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[REDACTED TELEHONE NUMBER]

REPORTER
Yeh.

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[REDACTED TELEHONE NUMBER]

REPORTER
[REDACTED TELEHONE NUMBER]. OK

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
Could you, er, card or something ?

REPORTER
I’ll check. If I haven’t, I’ll leave you with all my contact details. I usually do carry some around with me but I’ve been, but I’ve had a bit of a clean out of the wallet. Er, [inaudible] my own, I’ve got other people’s business cards. But what I’ll do is I’ll write down all my contact details. Erm, do it on this.

[Lengthy pause – no dialogue, atmosphere only]

As I’ve said, everything you’ve told me is off the record. [inaudible] towards [REDACTED NAME], that’s off the record as well

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
That’s lovely, thank you [inaudible]

REPORTER
No, no, I understand completely. I mean his name’s come up a number of times and we’ve been told that it was his initials [REDACTED NAME] stood for [REDACTED NAME]. Um, but we didn’t know what was on the videos, whether or not it contained any abuse, or whether or not it was simply him, just somewhere in Amsterdam. Was it, was it taken in Amsterdam or was it

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I can’t remember that now

REPORTER
No

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I, I, you know, as I say [inaudible] long time ago which we get all this [inaudible]

REPORTER
Umhum

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
So, [REDACTED NAME] or whatever the name was this, er, [inaudible] anything else. At the time. It was so, [inaudible – hurried ?] could be anybody you know ? This is normal thing, the only thing [inaudible] it was a job and that’s all. Never thought that this would like, you know [inaudible]

REPORTER
No. But when you watched the video of him did you instantly recognise [inaudible] ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
I can’t tell you that, I don’t know. I can’t remember offhand now.
REPORTER
When did you find out that it was [REDACTED NAME] ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
You know we [inaudible], you know, I, I don’t think I can go on too much of that

REPORTER
Of course

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
It’s not fair, really

REPORTER
No, no, no, whatever you tell me is completely off the record, I’m not gonna mention your name or anything at all, it’s all off the record, but as I said , it was told to me that it was [REDACTED NAME]; you’ve seen a video of [REDACTED NAME], on a video containing, contained on that coach. Um. But we’ll do is that I’ll check that with, see if there’s any more details at that address that you gave me in Dover. Is that all the information, you can’t give me any more information ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
No, I can’t honestly; I’m not supposed to give you any. You can understand my position

REPORTER
Yeah, of course, of course. This, er, Paul, who spoke to you yesterday, did he mention [REDACTED NAME]’s name ?

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
[inaudible]

REPORTER
Did you tell him as well that it was him, or had you mentioned

EX CUSTOMS OFFICER
No, I told him exactly what I am telling you, and I can’t say more than what I say already. All information, that’s the place in Dover [inaudible] you’ll be able to tell you what happened

REPORTER
Yeah. Ok. [inaudible]

[Interview recording ends: no further dialogue - 39 seconds of atmos followed by cough and sniffs & sounds of door being opened or closed]

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Tim Tate Comments On The Exaro ‘Audio Tape’ Story

Tim Tate has been making documentaries, writing books and campaigning on this issue for more than 25 years. His commitment to exposing the truth about child abuse is unquestionable.
So, by all means doubt me but I hope you’ll pay more attention to Mr Tate who as you’ll read has actually listened to the audio tape.
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“Unless there is another recording, I have heard this encounter between Mr Solanki and an unnamed reporter in its entirety (18-plus minutes).
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Nothing in the recording I have heard (and listened to extremely carefully) supports or justifies Exaro’s story.  Mr Solanki refuses throughout to discuss the allegations made by the reporter, referring him constantly to Customs & Excise in Dover.
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Nor does he name the ex-cabinet minister: only the reporter does so, repeatedly pressing Mr Solanki to confirm.  Mr Solanki does not do so.
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There is a reason (other than the fear of breaching his duty of confidentiality) why Mr Solanki does not confirm the reporter’s allegations concerning the Tricker tapes.  That reason is that Mr Solanki has given a formal statement to the police telling the true story of what he does know about the ex cabinet minister: I wrote that story for the Daily telegraph: it can be viewed here.
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If Exaro has heard the recording as it claims then it must know that it’s allegations are false.  This is not the first time that Exaro has over-egged the pudding and published wildly inflated (and downright inaccurate) stories.  Doing so damages the credibility of those campaigning for proper investigation into this country’s shameful record of covering up child sexual abuse.”

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Victim To Sue Over Human Rights Breach And The Case For Jersey’s Inclusion In Inquiry.

My apologies for not posting about this story in The Independent on Sunday at the time.

It covers two important areas. There are actually more than two big stories here but I’ve got to be mindful of ‘fair usage’ and I’m quoting a great deal already. [follow the links and read the full story]

The first is the news that at least one victim intends to sue the government as he believes that Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees respect for home life has been breached because of his treatment since being approached at the beginning of 2013. This follows an intervention earlier in the year by Keir Starmer, the former Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the CPS, who said:

“The principles and practices that underpin our justice system were developed long ago. There are good reasons for protecting those suspected of or charged with criminal offences – the answer to the current conundrum is not the conviction of innocent individuals. But our justice infrastructure was set in stone before the words “victims’ rights” were ever uttered, and long before they were given real meaning by legislation such as the Human Rights Act. (Indeed, it is a sad irony, unmentioned by those who advocate the repeal of this act that those with the most to lose are victims.)”

After such an intervention such legal action seemed inevitable

The victim told The Independent on Sunday: “I intend to sue the Government for breach of its human rights obligations, and I know of at least one other victim doing the same. The impact of the police enquiries three decades later was horrific. It instantly took me to my emotional state at the time of the abuse.

“I had built a safe world, and instantly all safety was gone, replaced by fear, anxiety and depression. Despite the best efforts of the police officers, there is nowhere to get any help – and it is no one’s job to provide it – and there certainly isn’t any money to make it happen.

“Well over a year later, help is no nearer, my world is horrific. The legal issues continue, and my life will never be the same. I am lucky enough to be single – if I had a family, or kids, I would never be able to testify – the pain is just so great and it reaches everyone around you.

“I just hope I get some meaningful help so that I might be able to enjoy the last part of my life. People choose not to come forward because of the impact. I had no choice – my safe world was ruined by that knock on the door! I’m sure dozens of people, hundreds, even, would come forward if they felt there was more trauma counselling available.

“If the politicians really want to get to the bottom of this, it’s a ludicrous false economy not to spend the money on counselling. The only people it serves are the guilty.”

The Independent

The second part of the story makes a powerful case for the inclusion of Jersey in the independent overarching inquiry into historical child abuse. It reveals two important cases that directly link mainland UK care homes and Haut de la Garenne.

David Cameron has said that he will “leave no stone unturned” and thanks to Dr Liz Davies and John Hemming MP it must seem clear that Haut de la Garenne is one big stone that the new inquiry must turn over.

Campaigners have continued to express concern about the government’s investigation into child abuse, announced last week. Yesterday it emerged that Baroness Butler-Sloss, who is leading it, kept allegations about a bishop out of a report on child abuse because she “cared about the church”. Campaigners also want Jersey, a Crown dependency, to be part of the investigation. The Channel Island has been the subject of many allegations over children in care at the Haut de la Garenne home, and in 2008 it emerged that at least five children were illegally placed in care in Jersey by Birmingham social services. “Given that children were trafficked from the Midlands to Jersey for sex abuse, you would think it was a bit odd to omit Jersey from the inquiry,” Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming said yesterday.

Dr Liz Davies, a campaigner on child abuse, agreed. “Nicholas Rabet, former deputy superintendent of Islington’s home at Grosvenor Avenue, was charged in Thailand in 2006 with abusing 30 local boys, and we know that he had links with Jersey,” she said. “I have seen evidence from a child who was sent to Jersey in the summer holidays from the Grosvenor Avenue home. I have also spoken to survivors from Jersey who went to an Islington children’s home for a holiday. In Jersey they were abused on yachts, in the big mansions there and in the opera house. The opera house is where British celebrities came. They mentioned Jimmy Savile and Wilfrid Brambell. It would be absurd not to include Jersey.”

The Independent

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‘Leon Brittan Alleged To have Been Involved In Sexual Impropriety ?’

Well, I’m shocked! SHOCKED I TELL YOU!!

Could it be true that the former Home Secretary, in charge of the police, judiciary, and domestic intelligence services has had a file about him passed to the CPS ?

No, I can’t believe it. For he is an honourable man; So are they all, all honourable men.”

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Peter McKelvie, ‘The Source’, requests independent inquiry.

 

Dear Sir Tony,

You will no doubt be aware of the growing clamour, now joined by a cross-party group of over 40 MPs, for an Independent Hillsborough type Inquiry in to decades of organised abuse by networks that have infiltrated both the care system and the boarding school institutions of this country.

These networks include politicians, both national and local, from all political parties as well as residential social workers,police officers, teachers, judges, civil servants to name but a few.

You will no doubt be aware of the PMQ yesterday, 11th June, by Duncan Hames, until recently PPS to the Deputy Prime Minister, in which Mr.Hames asked for the Prime Minister’s support for such an Inquiry but Mr. Cameron felt that the Home Office had the situation under control and no further measure was required.

I am the retired Child Protection Team Manager who approached MP, Tom Watson, in October 2012, as a result of which Mr. Watson also asked a PMQ, on 24th October 2012 which subsequently led to the setting up of Operation Fernbridge by the Metropolitan Police.
You may recall that the PMQ involved the allegation that an elite paedophile ring had a link with No.10.

As you will know Operation Fernbridge is ongoing and I receive regular feedback on the progress of that investigation.

I would like to ask for your support as my local MP for an Independent Inquiry and would like an appointment with you please to discuss my reasons in much more detail.

On a website called Spotlightonabuse:The Past on Trial you will see my Open Letter to David Cameron, with copies to Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband and also their responses.
You will also see details of a meeting a close colleague, and acknowledged expert on child protection, and I had with Norman Baker, Minister of Justice at the Home Office on 15th May 2014.

I can forward you copies of all these documents at any point.

There are grounds to look closely at the behaviour of over 40 Members of the Commons and Lords, some living and some now dead, in connection with the actual abuse of very vulnerable children or with its cover up. This number is likely to grow during the course of a proper investigation.

I think the case against Cyril Smith and Peter Morrison is strong evidence of how easy it was for paedophiles to remain hidden within the corridors of power. Their cases are unfortunately the tip of the iceberg.

You are the ideal MP for me to approach not only because you are my constituent MP but because I understand that you are, according to your Wikipedia entry, “one of the last of those made a Minister by Margaret Thatcher still to be in the House of Commons”

The allegations I took to Tom Watson which resulted in the current Police investigations involve Mrs.Thatcher’s period as Prime Minister.
Many questions remain unanswered about a number of her key appointments and as her personal assistant in the 1974 General Election and, upon her becoming Leader of the Conservative Party in 1975, you joined her Private Office and so I must assume were very close to her and by definition some of the people I believe should be subject to an Independent Inquiry.
Your perspective could be extremely helpful.

The persistence of Mrs. Thatcher in pressing ahead with the Knighthood of Jimmy Savile despite opposition from her closest advisers, his alleged attendance at multiple private Chequers parties, his being granted the keys to Broadmoor in 1988, together with her appointment of Peter Morrison, a well known paedophile according to a number of fellow MPs, as her PPS raise many serious questions that need answering and only an Independent Inquiry on a Hillsborough based model will satisfy the electorate.

There are allegations against MPs of all parties under several different Governments and this is not a party political isue.

I can go in to much more detail in a face to face meeting but at this stage would ask for your support in joining the 40 plus MPs who have already pledged their support for an Independent Inquiry

Yours sincerely,

Peter McKelvie

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Richmond child sex abuse trial postponed

Originally posted on David Hencke:

The trial of John Stingemore and Father Tony McSweeney – due to start on May 6 at Southwark Crown Court – has been postponed.

Southwark crown court today  said that there will be no hearing on the 6 May and that it is due to make a fresh announcement on future court dates on 13 June.

Exaro understands that 71 year-old Stingemore, the former officer in charge of the Grafton Close children’s home in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, is suffering from ill-health and was recently admitted to hospital.

Privately, sources close to the case have expressed fears that Mr Stingemore may not be fit enough to stand trial unless his health improves significantly.

Mr Stingemore’s solicitor was unavailable for comment this afternoon.

John Stingemore, of Stonehouse Drive, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, faces five charges of indecent assault, once count of taking an indecent image of a child, and one…

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