Disclaimer: This is just pure speculation.
Of all the new IPCC allegations that have been listed HERE the one that is the most intriguing for me is number 4.
4) Allegation that an MP was only charged with specimen charges for child sex offences and not more numerous or serious offences.
The key word is ‘charged’. An MP was charged with child sexual offences. If an MP has been charged then there is no reason why the media couldn’t have reported it but I don’t know of a sitting MP that was reported to have been charged with a child sexual abuse offence. Perhaps I’m missing something obvious, in which case please inform me but I can’t think of one.
Even if the IPCC find that the allegation can not be proven, it is still remarkable that an MP can be arrested AND charged and there not be a peep about it in the media. Somebody must know something !
Anyway, this is just a guess but I wonder if allegation number 4 and perhaps allegation number 5 also;
5) Allegation that paperwork and evidence relating to child sex offences involving an MP disappeared and the MP was released without charge.
Might they relate to this reminiscence from Jonathan Aitken;
I knew Peter Morrison as well as anyone in the House. We had been school friends. He was the best man at my wedding in St Margaret’s, Westminster. We shared many private and political confidences. So I knew the immense pressures he was facing at the time when he was suddenly overwhelmed with the greatest new burden imaginable – running the Prime Minister’s election campaign.
Sixteen years in the House of Commons had treated Peter badly. His health had deteriorated. He had an alcohol problem that made him ill, overweight and prone to take long afternoon naps. In the autumn of 1990 he became embroiled in a police investigation into aspects of his personal life. The allegations against him were never substantiated, and the inquiry was subsequently dropped. But at the time of the leadership election, Peter was worried, distracted and unable to concentrate. (Aitken,Margaret Thatcher, pp. 625-626).
Is it possible that Sir Peter Morrison had actually been arrested and then “only charged with specimen charges for child sex offences and not more numerous or serious offences” ?
And is it possible that the ‘paperwork and evidence relating to child sex offences involving [Sir Peter Morrison] disappeared and that he was released without charge ?’
Or as Jonathan Aitken prefers to put it “The allegations against him were never substantiated, and the inquiry was subsequently dropped”.
Is this a plausible explanation for the IPCC allegations numbered 4 and 5 ?
Update: I’ve just spoken to Jonathan Aitken and he has no recollection that Sir Peter Morrison had been charged but he was good enough to suggest who I might ask. I’m grateful for his help.