David Barrett — Telegraph.co.uk Dec 21, 2014
Police are investigating claims that up to five paedophile rings operated at the heart of Westminster with the involvement of “highly influential” politicians.
A Labour MP who has handed a dossier of evidence to Scotland Yard said he now believed the complexity of child abuse networks at the heart of government in the Seventies and Eighties had been seriously underestimated.
John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, said it was “inconceivable” that police would not now arrest and interview some of the politicians he has named in a list handed to detectives earlier this month.
Mr Mann, who has spent months sifting evidence from members of the public, met Scotland Yard and handed over evidence on 22 politicians, including three serving MPs and three members of the House of Lords.
Although some on the list are now dead, it also contains the names of other figures who are still alive but no longer active in the Westminster scene, Mr Mann said.
“There are at least five paedophile rings which involved MPs,” he said.
“Each of them involved at least one MP, some involved more, and these were groups of people who knew about the activities of one another.
“In some cases I believe they committed abuse together.”
Fourteen of the individuals identified by Mr Mann were Conservative politicians, five were Labour and three were from other parties.
Thirteen former ministers were among the list, Mr Mann said.
The MP, who has played an instrumental role in securing an inquiry into the alleged establishment paedophile rings, distilled the list of names from hundreds of pieces of information handed to him by members of the public.
“I think the 22 names are all worthy of investigation by the police,” Mr Mann told The Telegraph.
“In my opinion the evidence against approximately half of them is very compelling.
“It would be inconceivable in some cases that they are not now interviewed by police about these allegations. Some of the evidence is incredibly strong.
“I would be quite certain there are other names I am not aware of.”
Mr Mann said some of his sources were highly-placed officials within institutions.
“This is not Mickey Mouse stuff,” he said.
Mr Mann handed his dossier to detectives from Operation Trinity, the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into alleged abuse in children’s homes in Lambeth, south London.
A range of other inquiries have also been launched including Operation Midland, looking at allegations of child sex abuse focusing on Westminster.
Mr Mann said he was concerned that police were missing the significance of some evidence coming forward from his office and from other sources because there is no overarching police inquiry into the claims.
“My concern is that there are so many different police investigations into this, in London and in other parts of the country,” said the MP.
“They are not all talking to one another.
“Operation Trinity was not aware of quite a lot of the names that I know Operation Midland is looking at.”
It comes after Scotland Yard last week announced it was investigating the alleged paedophile murders of three young boys in the late seventies and early eighties.
Operation Midland centres on claims of paedophile parties at Dolphin Square, an exclusive block of flats in Pimlico, central London, which has long been popular with MPs because of its proximity to the Houses of Parliament.
The senior officer leading the inquiry said people who lived or visited Dolphin Square in the 1970s “will have seen or heard something that they only understand the significance of now”.
A witness who has played a critical role in the inquiry so far, known only as “Nick”, is understood to have told detectives he saw a Conservative MP strangle a 12-year-old boy to death at an orgy in around 1980.
Detectives have described Nick’s wider evidence about the paedophile ring as “credible and true”.
The police’s decision to go public with the claims is likely to mean they have been able to secure some corroborating evidence surrounding Nick’s claims.
But their appeal for other victims to come forward, as well as other potential witnesses, means detectives are likely to need further first-hand testimony before moving to interview public figures.