Tom Watson, at today’s PMQs, alluded to a paedophile ring with links to parliament and number 10. He has catagorically denied that the person he was alluding to was Sir Peter Morrison. He has written on his blog; “I am not naming the person for obvious reasons but for clarity it is not former MP, Peter Morrison.’This afternoon my office has been bombarded with calls regarding Morrison, I think because he was named by Edwina Currie at the weekend as having inappropriate sexual relations with teenage boys.’I’ll say more when I can but this may not be for some time.”
Neverthless, as his name has been raised, here is some information about him.
Morrison, who died in 1995 aged 51, was one of Thatcher’s most fervent and earliest supporters – urging her, as a young backbench MP, to stand for the
Conservative leadership in 1975. After an uneventful ministerial career Morrison became Thatcher’s parliamentary private secretary (PPS) in 1990 and, fatefully, was chosen as her campaign manager in the Tory leadership election later that year. From the outset Morrison took a relaxed view, believing Thatcher’s re-election was in the bag, on one notorious occasion being found asleep in his office on a day of high political drama. Morrison left the Commons at the 1992 election. His successor as Chester MP was Gyles Brandreth.
According to journalist Simon Heffer, Morrison was gay and went cruising in Sussex Gardens. Fellow Conservative MP Michael Brown, himself openly gay, has described Morrison as gay in a column published in The Independent. Investigative journalist Nick Davies reported in the Guardian that Morrison received a caution for cottaging with underage boys in public lavatories. Similar claims were made by Edwina Currie in her autobiography, as reported by the Sunday Times.
Morrison died of a heart attack early in the morning of 13 July 1995, aged 51.
So, Right Prime Minister but wrong paedophile aide Mr Watson ?