Martin Hickman – The Independent Oct 24, 2012
A powerful paedophile network may have operated in the UK with links to Parliament and Downing Street, a Labour MP said today.
Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Tom Watson urged David Cameron to ensure that the allegation was properly investigated.
Mr Watson, who campaigned on the phone hacking scandal long before a new police inquiry was opened, said: “The evidence file used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring.
“One of its members boasts of a link to a senior aide of a former prime minister, who says he could smuggle indecent images of children from abroad.”
He went on: “The leads were not followed up, but if the files still exist, I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it, and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10.”
Mr Cameron, who had earlier spoken of Jimmy Savile’s “appalling” case, agreed to look into the claims.
He told the Labour MP: “You raise a very difficult and complex case and I’m not sure which former prime minister he is referring to. But what I would like to is to look very carefully in Hansard to the allegations you have made, the case that you have raised … and to see what the Government can do to give you the assurances you seek.”
Earlier, Mr Cameron had said the police inquiry into Savile must find out how he had been allowed to abuse children for so long.
Criticising the BBC’s record on the TV presenter, the Prime Minister told the Commons: “These allegations do leave many institutions – perhaps particularly the BBC – with serious questions to answer – I think above all the question, ‘How did he get away with this for so long?’.”
He added: “The most important thing is that the police investigation is properly resourced and is allowed to continue. I don’t rule out further steps but we do now have independent investigations by the BBC, independent investigations into the NHS.”