NSPCC and Childline – Whom Do They Protect?

Mike Wall appears to be trying to set up a dubious-sounding organisation called ChildLine offering telephone counselling to run-away young people.
And Roger Cook did a sensible public service…to the series – in warning listeners.

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Saturday, February 9, 1980 – 13

Esther Rantzen letter to Jimmy Savile

Foreword by Princess Diana, introduction by John Major, and a very strange contribution from JS. About 300 words about sleeping through Christmas Day and not realising it.

Also a contribution from Alan Freeman about how he devised “Youth Club Call” for his radio show.

Man tells of agony at the hands of BBC paedo ring involving DJ Alan Freeman and evil pal Jimmy Savile

 

I never shielded sex pervert, says Esther

Daily Express 29-11-91

Not Jimmy Savile, Nicholas Fairbairn – another one… Alex Standish

ESTHER AND THE PERVERT SHE DIDN’T EXPOSE

ESTHER AND THE SEX PERVERT TEACHER

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Esther Rantzen A Secret Life
The main character Lucy Strong is self-obsessed and has no empathy with any of the other characters, only considers her own feelings. She also moans about being a ‘celebrity’ but then happily uses her ‘celebrity’ to further her own career.
.a sub-plot of abuse…about a pedo ring that reaches into the media..government..shipping boys out to pedo parties from a boys school

More recently …In 2007 a paedophile was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.
Update 5 Mar 2017

5 Mar 2017

 THE founder of an Andover children’s charity – caged for a string of horrific child sex crimes – has had his sentence slashed by top judges in London.

As previously reported by the Advertiser, Ronald Nicholson Bennett, 73, of Launcelot Close, was jailed for 16 years in October for five crimes against two girls.

The offences took place more than three decades ago and caused “life-changing devastation” to the victims.

But after an appeal on Tuesday, three senior judges in London cut the “excessive ” term to 14 years.

Bennett founded the now-disbanded Brave Hearts children’s charity and had refused to go into the witness box to defend himself during his trial.

In 2007 he was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/15129650.Andover_rapist_jail_term_cut_by_judges/?ref=twtrec

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Andover rapist, Ronald Bennett, jail term cut by judges

He had gone on to serve the community for over two decades with charity work, he told

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Mr Justice Soole and

Mr Justice Blake.

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Judges hand-picked for special cases where establishment links need to be covered-up…

5 Mar 2017

Lord Justice Simon, Mr Justice Soole and Mr Justice Blake cut paedophile’s jail term.

THE founder of an Andover children’s charity – caged for a string of horrific child sex crimes – has had his sentence slashed by top judges in London.

As previously reported by the Advertiser, Ronald Nicholson Bennett, 73, of Launcelot Close, was jailed for 16 years in October for five crimes against two girls.

The offences took place more than three decades ago and caused “life-changing devastation” to the victims.

But after an appeal on Tuesday, three senior judges in London cut the “excessive ” term to 14 years.

Bennett founded the now-disbanded Brave Hearts children’s charity and had refused to go into the witness box to defend himself during his trial.

In 2007 he was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/15129650.Andover_rapist_jail_term_cut_by_judges/?ref=twtrec

The idea that we keep the political and judicial systems apart in this country is sound. No one would want a crooked government being able to lean on the courts to make sure decisions always went the “right” way. But when you study this week’s decision to cut 10 years from the sentence handed down to Roy Whiting, the killer of Sarah Payne, you might come round to see the justice in my idea for a radical overhaul of our legal system.

To highlight the legal lunacy of the decision made in the High Court by Mr Justice Sir Peregrine (Simon)

Simon, unfortunately it is necessary to remind you of the continued depravity exhibited by the predatory paedophile whose case he has seen fit to support….

…what was going on in Mr Justice Simon’s head when he made that shocking decision to uphold the rights of a child murderer.

The judge “has form” in puzzling verdicts though; five years ago he took two years off the sentences of three Real IRA terrorists jailed for a bomb plot and refused a bid to increase the minimum tariff for William Goad.

Now aged 60, he was dubbed Britain’s vilest paedophile having abused hundreds of boys. As a consequence, he

http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/180658/Who-would-vote-to-let-paedophiles-be-set-free-early

Paedophile Army sergeant who raped a young girl has jail term cut by top judges

February 22, 2017

A paedophile army sergeant who raped one young girl and committed sex attacks on another has had his jail term cut by top judges.

Alan McCurry, 67, who served in the 4th Battalion Mercian Regiment, based in Farnborough, abused the victims during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

McCurry lived in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, after leaving the Mercians in 1982. And he later served as a chef in a Territorial Army division of the Merseyside-based King’s Regiment.

He was arrested after one of the victims plucked up the courage to go to the police in 2010.

The sick ex-soldier was jailed for 15 years in July 2015 at Colchester Military Courts Centre.

He was convicted of two counts of rape, four of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child.

 

Lord Justice Simon, at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, cut his sentence by a year.

Justice Michael Soole

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The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Holroyde and Mr Justice Soole, also heard McCurry’s bid to get his convictions overturned.

Lord Justice Simon commented:

“These were very serious offences with a devastating impact on the lives of the victims,” he added.

But aspects of the 15-year sentence were “unlawful” and the overall term had to be cut by a year.

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/paedophile-army-sergeant-who-raped-a-young-girl-jas-had-his-jail-term-cut-by-top-judges/story-30155484-detail/story.html

Adam Rickwood was the youngest person in modern times to take his own life whilst in custody, at the age of just 14 in Hassockfield Secure Training Centre.

The notorious Medomsley run by the Home Office where much child sexual abuse had occurred had been knocked down. [HT @RandolphTrent]

It was replaced by the Hassockfield Secure Training Centre
It was a custodial centre run by SERCO Home Affairs Ltd, and the monitoring and enforcement of the contract and placement of children was performed by the Youth Justice Board.

Before: The Hon. Mr Justice Blake

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HM Coroner for the North and South Districts of Durham and Darlington

Youth Justice Board

Serco Home Affairs Limited

Lancashire County Council

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/adam-rickwood-1-r-v-hm-coroner-and-others-22-jan-2009-high-court-of-justice/

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British court refuses to extradite suspected American paedophile

UK judges say Roger Giese, a fugitive from FBI since 2007, can only be sent to US after assurances his human rights will not be breached

The two judges at the high court in London made it clear that if no assurance was given, they would refuse to hand over Roger Giese, 40, to stand trial in California, where he is charged with sexually abusing a boy under the age of 14 from 1998 until 2002.

The former choirmaster has been living in a village in Hampshire under a different name and working for a PR company.

Giese is wanted in Orange County, California, for allegedly committing “lewd acts” with a child. He is alleged to have befriended the boy in 1998, when he was working as a voice coach for the All-American Boys Chorus. He fled the US eight years ago just as he was about to stand trial.

An extradition request from the US was certified by the Home Office in May 2014, and Giese was arrested on 4 June last year. But magistrates court district judge Margot Coleman refused the request last April.

Lord Justice Aikens and Mr Justice Holroyde stated in a joint written judgment that Coleman was right to conclude that extradition would be “inconsistent” with Giese’s ECHR rights. The judges said that if no assurance was given “in due time”, the US government appeal for the right to extradite must be dismissed.

According to a Daily Mirror investigation, Giese set up home with a new partner in the Hampshire countryside. There was no suggestion she knew about his past. Together, the pair built a PR company with clients including the travel firm (Savile-linked)Thomas Cook.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/oct/07/british-court-refuses-to-extradite-suspected-american-paedophile

(Lord Alistair McAlpine involved)
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13th May 1999
America’s First Lady, Hillary Clinton at the New Connaught Rooms in London, to address the ChildLine conference, a major international conference on children and the law hosted by ChildLine, the UK children’s charity.

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13th May 1999


30 Years of ChildLine: Reflections from a Witness Seminar

2016

Speakers elaborated the nature of voluntary action, and the motivations and contexts that facilitate or disable the establishment of a service such as ChildLine.  Many paid tribute to Rantzen’s role in pushing through the introduction of ChildLine, including in her work at the BBC and forging links with BT. Rantzen was also instrumental in persuading parliamentarians to provide funding to the untested charity.  Panellists also talked about the role of chance in the establishment and success of a charity.

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MacLeod recalled Rantzen meeting Cherie Booth at the hairdresser in 1992, and was able to persuade her to get Hilary Clinton to speak at a ChildLine conference on children and the courts.

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Report: Bill Clinton Wasn’t Only One to Go to ‘Sex Slave Island,’ Hillary Went with Him–‘Six Times’

The source for this claim is Erik Prince, the founder of the security firm Blackwater (yes, that one.) In an exclusive interview at Breitbart News, Prince first states that the NYPD is “ready to make arrests in Weiner case.”

Prince pivots from the Weiner laptop investigation to claiming that Hillary Clinton accompanied Bill Clinton and billionaire convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to “sex island” (aka “sex slave island”).

“They found State Department emails. They found a lot of other really damning criminal information, including money laundering, including the fact that Hillary went to this sex island with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton went there more than 20 times. Hillary Clinton went there at least six times.”

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Mr. Clinton flew on the billionaire’s convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous jet more than a dozen times — sometimes with a woman whom federal prosecutors suspect of procuring underage sex victims for Mr. Epstein. Fox News reported Friday that records show Mr. Clinton declined Secret Service protection on at least five flights.

The network’s investigation reveals Mr. Clinton flew on the Boeing 727 “Lolita Express” 26 times, more than doubling the previously reported 11 trips.

Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile.

Why would a former president associate with a man like that?” said Conchita Sarnoff of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, Fox reported. Ms. Sarnoff also authored a book on Mr. Epstein titled “TrafficKing.”

Mr. Epstein was arrested in 2005 and signed a plea agreement in 2007 with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, accepting a single charge of soliciting prostitution. He agreed to a 30-month sentence, registered as a “Tier 1” sex offender with the U.S. Virgin Islands and paid dozens of young girls

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A MAN who sexually assaulted a girl of five in a swimming pool at Esther Rantzen’s country home was jailed for 18 months yesterday.


Update:

5 November 2016

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NSPCC rejects plan for ‘mandatory reporting’ of suspected child abuse

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Update:

Oct 23 2016

Founder of a children’s charity who received a prize from campaigner Esther Rantzen has been jailed for 16 years for child sex offences

Ronald Bennett, 72, was convicted of five counts of historic sexual abuse in the 1980s

  • Ronald Bennett, 72, was convicted of five counts of historic sexual abuse 
  • Founded Brave Hearts charity in 1991 and got award from Rantzen in 2007
  • Victims, in the 1980s, range in age from 14-16, and he was arrested in 2013

Founder of the disbanded Brave Hearts Children’s Charity Association, based in Andover, Hampshire, Bennett preyed on young girls and targeted vulnerable families.

In 2007 he was named fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by presenter Esther Rantzen

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Pride of Andover: The winners and highly commended from the first awards ceremony.
Ron Bennett, Fundraiser of the Year;

18 Oct 2007

BROADCASTER and journalist Esther Rantzen presented the prizes at the first ever Pride of Andover Awards during a very special evening at The Lights

Pride of Andover awards

Inspired by journalist Dick Bellringer of the Andover Advertiser and with the help of numerous local businesses and media partners, so far we have awarded a Pride of Andover Award to more than 100 local people!

Since 2007 we have been honoured to have the founder of ChildLine and The Silver Line, Dame Esther Rantzen present the awards.

The journalist and TV presenter has commented about the community spirit of Andover and the extraordinary people she has met over the years.

You should know you have a town to be proud of with outstanding citizens who really do care for each other,” Esther told a packed audience at The Lights in 2012.

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The original charges relate to offences which allegedly took place in Hampshire and East Anglia between 1983 and 1997.

The recent allegations are said to have taken place in Hampshire between 1981 and 1987.

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Ronald Nicholson Bennett
THE shamed founder of a Hampshire children’s charity has been jailed for 16 years for historic child sex offences – including rape – after refusing to go into the witness box to defend himself.
When Adrienne Knight, mitigating, opened the case for the defence Bennett chose not to take the witness stand to defend himself having given no comment interviews following both arrests in 2013 and 2015 but his wife and son were called to give evidence in his favour.
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Brave Hearts’ Children’s Charity Association was formed in the Andover Chantry Centre  in 1991, by myself – Ron Bennett, I was a security officer at the time.

Much needed local support has come from the editor of the Andover Advertiser, who  “has given such a lot of support” by publishing letters and photographs and helping raise awareness of  Brave Hearts child appeals since the charity began.

…support children under sixteen, resident in Hampshire, Andover, Salisbury, and the Wiltshire district, who need help due to distress, financial hardship, family crisis, physical or mental handicap, or infirmity

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24 May 2007

THIS week the Andover Advertiser is proud to launch the first Pride of Andover Awards, presented by TV broadcaster and journalist Esther Rantzen.

Sponsored by HSA and Stannah, and part of Andover Vision, with backing from Testway Housing, Test Valley Community Services and Test Valley Borough Council, the aim is to honour individuals who give up their time to help others or improve the community – or those who excel in their chosen activity.

Ron, a retired security officer at the Chantry Centre shopping precinct in Andover, had eight volunteers working for him, from a planning engineer to teenagers, as well as the unstinting help of his wife Sue and Joe Scicluna, the editor of the Andover Advertiser

The money is drawn from direct donations as well as fundraising activities, such as holding duck races, and working as car park attendants and security assistants for special occasions at Highclere Castle and events such as the lawnmower races.


The NSPCC, a charitable organisation whose purpose is to protect children (ostensibly), is sponsoring a debate about non-recent (read vip) child abuse investigations being witch hunts

From the NSPCC

Tomorrow at NSPCC @DAaronovitch & Peter Spindler debate “Have non-recent child abuse investigations become witch hunts?” #DaretoDebate


“I told Esther Rantzen about paedo Jimmy Savile 18 years ago”

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Some of the gang: Wanless, Amaechi and Rantzen

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John Amaechi NSPCC Ambassador

Formerly Amaechi was involved in convicted paedophile Jerry Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile

In November 2011, when the Sandusky scandal broke, Pennsylvania radio host Mark Madden predicted: “I will use the only language I can—that Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich [Second Mile] donors.”

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Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive

Wanless review ‘fails to find Dickens’ dossier

That information was said to contain the names of MPs and police officers who were suspected of being child abusers.

And yet… lo and behold…”File linked to child abuse surfaced the day after Leon Brittan died”

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Gerald Ronson, the vice-pres of the NSPCC is related to Leon Brittan

Even though Leon Brittan has not been cleared, Peter Wanless tweeted this:

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Dame Alun Roberts ‏@ciabaudo

In the light of the NSPCC giving David Aaronovitch a platform, was this really just a slip-up by Peter Wanless?

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and then there’s …Sir Rodney Walker who was a guiding light of the NSPCC’s Full Stop campaign,

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Sir Rodney Walker bought Jimmy Savile’s Scarborough apartment to use as a holiday home for his family

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Jimmy Savile helped the Midland Bank to fix it for twelve of our best known charities with the launch of its care card. ..including NSPCC, Save the Children, and The Spastics Society

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

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NSPCC promoter Prince Andrew – friend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Duke of York faces questions over sex scandal friend’s flights to Sandringham
The Duke of York is facing renewed questions about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein after it emerged that the convicted paedophile landed his private jet at an RAF fighter base during a visit to Sandringham.

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ChildLine Founder Esther Rantzen CBE

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Rantzen hooked up with Nicholas Fairbairn – member of establishment paedophile ring

Fairbairn has been subject to several accusations that he sexually abused a number of children

Fairbairn has also been linked to a paedophile ring involving former MPs Cyril Smith and Sir Peter Morrison

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Rantzen hired Val Howarth to run Childline.

Val Howarth was a social worker in Lambeth, of all places

Throughout the 80s and early 90s, both Islington and Lambeth borough councils ran children’s homes that had been infiltrated by paedophiles.

Islington had paedophiles, pimps, or child pornographers in all 11 of its homes. Lambeth had a paedophile ring operating in up to 25 of its homes, and over 200 children were believed to have been victims of sexual abuse.”

Esther Rantzen’s sister Prisccilla Taylor, was also a social worker in Lambeth and was trained by Val Howarth. Howarth was blamed for a child’s horrific murder. (Jasmine Beckford)

She was social services director in Brent at the time.

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Article below written by Esther Rantzen:

…in 1984, another little child died, in Brent. It was such a horrific murder that it led to an enquiry …. heartbreaking details of the torture she suffered throughout the few short years of her life

The director of social services, Valerie Howarth, was immediately blamed by Brent council and punished. Until then Ms Howarth had been regarded as a high-flyer in the world of social work, but she left Brent, and lost the prestigious job she had been lined up for as head of Cambridgeshire’s social services. By 1986 she was unemployed.

That was the year I launched ChildLine. As chairman of a fledgling charity I knew I needed to find a skilled chief executive …

My sister Priscilla Taylor is a social worker and I asked her advice. Valerie Howarth had trained Priscilla when they both worked in the London Borough of Lambeth. My sister reminded me that in spite of her notoriety Valerie was a skilled and experienced social worker. Would she be prepared…to go back into…child protection, …? I met Valerie and asked her. She thought about it, and agreed.

At the last moment a colleague came to me and begged me not to make the appointment: “It will destroy ChildLine” she predicted. When the appointment was announced, one tabloid newspaper ran an attacking headline accusing ChildLine of stupid callousness, in employing “the Beckford director”. I rang the editor who agreed to run an interview with Valerie, to talk about her hopes for ChildLine. … In the event the interview was favourable.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/baby-p/10424062/Sharon-Shoesmith-villain-Victim-Or-someone-who-got-it-wrong.html

More on Brent Council:  Led by Valerie Howarth

Brent placed girls in Kendall House & Bishop James invited the then Brent leader  Howarth 2 help find KH review panel

 

1980 London Borough Regional Planning Committee

Meeting to discuss Kendall House

Apologies were received from Dr Peri.

Take note Wandsworth didnt attend. I know what view they held on Kendall House. Def number 1. Wandsworth a heavy user of Kendall House

Kendall house in Gravesend

 Kendall House was a private children’s home for girls based in Gravesend, Kent.

Until 1986,it was run and funded by the Church of England, overseen by the Joint Council for Social Responsibility for the Dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury. Girls who were placed there were aged between 11 and 16 years.

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Young girls at a Church of England children’s home were drugged, sexually abused and bullied for two decades, a shocking report revealed.

An independent review laid bare the horrors of the now-defunct Kendall House between 1967 and 1986 where girls as young as 11 were left “broken”.

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About 2.5 billion pounds of the Church’s portfolio is invested in shares listed in Britain or overseas, including in drug companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) and AstraZeneca (AZN.L)

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Valerie, now Baroness Howarth of Breckland…one of Tony Blair’s “people’s peers. Her
assistant director (family services), Dennis Simpson, went on to become social services director in Southwark and headed the 1999 Joint Review of Haringey social services, published three months before Victoria’s death.

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ChildLine’s Chief Executive Valerie Howarth OBE knew paedophile Peter Righton:

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Righton of P.I.E. was well known to Valerie Howarth, the Director of Childline – “He’s an adviser to all sorts of organisations. He was Director of Education at the National Institute of Social Work, …pretty much a national figure in child care”

Dame Alun Roberts ‏@ciabaudo

Peter Righton and his mate Napier lead straight to the heart of government as V Bottomley and Whittingdale know:
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Esther Rantzen’s cousin, Sarah Caplin, with whom she started Childline, is married to Nick Ross – Nick Ross admits he would ‘probably’ watch child pornography

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19850416&id=Vu89AAAAIBAJ&sjid=10gMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5408,3277045&hl=en
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Protectors of children???


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Lord and Lady Louis Mountbatten with one of their daughter Patricia Mountbatten later Knatchbull

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Patricia Knatchbull presents check to NSPCC charity 1980

She is the third cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and first cousin to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and is a godmother to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.

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Grandson of Lord and Lady Mountbatten on his family’s long relationship with India

 

Christmas 1968, outside the front door of Broadlands, the last Viceroy of India’s home in Hampshire

Christmas 1968, outside the front door of Broadlands, the last Viceroy of India’s home in Hampshire

Ashley Hicks, son of Lady Pamela Hicks and grandson of Lord and Lady Mountbatten, on his family’s relationship with India: From his grandfather holidaying there with the Prince of Wales to his grandmother’s platonic love affair with the former Prime Minister of India… And the new film, Viceroy’s House, about his grandparents, starring Hugh Bonneville

This was Christmas 1968, outside the front door of Broadlands, my grandparents’ home in Hampshire, where we spent every Christmas until my grandfather died. I am the five-year-old boy who is not looking at the camera but instead admiring his cousin Philip Knatchbull, who because he was older, was my great hero.

In the picture are a mixture of relatives and staff. Next to me is my sister, Edwina, and in the centre of the group under the doorway  is my grandfather, Louis Mountbatten. My mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, is at the very end on the left. (My dad had been standing next to her but took this photograph, hence the gap.)

My mother had  a conventional early childhood, but then her parents took her out of school and said, ‘We need you to come to India. You’ll be able to help us to win over the young people, and it will be a marvellous experience for you.’

My family has a long relationship with India and when my grandfather went there in 1921 with the Prince of Wales, my grandmother Edwina (who was dead by the time this photo was taken) bought herself a ticket to Delhi, aged 20, which is fairly brave.

The Prince of Wales even lent them his room to have a drink in so my grandfather could propose.

They returned to India in March 1947, when Mountbatten became Viceroy. It was the great dramatic event of my mother’s life and she was unique among any Viceroy’s children in that she saw some Indian culture.

Lady Pamela Hicks with her daughters India and Edwina in 2007

They had Indian food in the Viceroy’s house for the first time and my grandmother insisted on at least half the guests at meals being Indian.

Jawaharlal Nehru (third from left), leader of the Indian independence movement and later the first Prime Minister of India

Prime Minister Nehru was my grandmother’s great friend – they had a platonic love affair. Nehru’s sister told me that it was impossible that he and my grandmother could have had sex because  he was impotent – and had been for years.

I think that is probably true, but they had  this intense, romantic feeling for each other.

Last year we had dinner with Hugh Bonneville, who is playing my grandfather in the film Viceroy’s House.

The first thing Hugh said was, ‘Lady Pamela, I have to apologise because your father looked like a movie star and I’m afraid I don’t.’

After lunch, my mum said to him, ‘Now Hugh,  just salute, will you?’  So he saluted, and she said, ‘Oh no, a little bit quicker, a bit nearer the forehead…’   She was trying to get him to do a proper naval officer’s salute, the way that my grandfather would have done – it was the only thing she was really concerned about.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2017/02/17/lady-mountbattens-grandson-prime-minister-nehru-had-platonic/

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31 May 1990

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher points to an instructional board used in the training of telephone counsellors at the London headquarters of Childline, the free national helpline for children in trouble or danger. With the Prime Minister during today’s tour was Childline chairwoman and TV personality Esther Rantzen (background, on right).

Lord Mandelson of children’s charity NSPCC & in convicted paedophile’s Jeffrey Epstein’s phone book

Peter Mandelson lobbied Tony Blair for alleged paedophile Lord Janner to receive a peerage, it has been claimed.Janner, 86, was elevated to the House of Lords six years after being publicly accused of child sex abuse in a high-profile court case.The Labour grandee, who escaped historic child sex abuse charges last month because he has dementia, has also boasted how his ‘friend’ Gordon Brown helped him get into the Lords.Considering it would be ‘splendid’ to be made a peer, he consulted his ‘valued friend’ Lord Mandelson, who told him: ‘

You’ll have to talk to Tony. I’ll ask him.’Janner made an appointment to see the then-Labour leader in his Commons office a week later.Lord Mandelson emerged as he was going in and smilingly said to him: ‘I’ve just been reminding Tony of the reason for your visit.’Mr Blair reportedly told Janner during the meeting: ‘I shall do my best to get you there [the Lords]. It’s not just that I’m fond of you, which I am. It’s not just that you’ve helped me a lot, which you have. It’s because you deserve it. But I can’t give you any guarantees. If we win the election, there should not be a problem.’

On the day Labour won the May 1997 general election, Cherie Blair hugged Janner and offered words of condolence over his wife’s recent death. However, he heard nothing more about his longed-for peerage so spoke again to Lord Mandelson, who said he would ‘keep an eye on it’.

He said he also raised the subject with his ‘old friend’ Mr Brown, who had just become chancellor.Janner claimed that Mr Brown replied: ‘Hasn’t Tony said that he’s going to do it? I’ll have a word with him about it … I have a special relationship with Tony and can talk to him about anything.’ His name appeared ‘soon after’ on the first list of new peers appointed by the Labour Government.


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Mark and Charlotte Pelling with Pat and Martin McMillan

Chairman Martin McMillan OBE

Martin McMillan is a Cheshire entrepreneur who lives in Sutton near Macclesfield, Cheshire. He built his own business in Publishing and Advertising sales. He sold the Company in 2005. Martin enjoys shooting and playing golf. He is a long established fund raiser, formerly NSPCC Chairman of the North West Full Stop Appeal, currently Deputy Chairman of Halle Concerts Society. In 2011 he became a trustee of the Cheshire Community Foundation. Martin is married to Pat McMillan, Chair of the Cheshire Ladies Philanthropy Club and Deputy Chairman of Lyme Green Settlement.

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HRH meets NGS representatives

Before leaving, Her Royal Highness addressed the guests and signed the visitors’ book, and was presented with a rambling rose bush by Mr & Mrs Robinson.

Martin McMillan, Chairman of the National Gardens Scheme, said “It is a privilege to have Her Royal Highness visit one of the beautiful gardens in our scheme. Many thousands of people visit our gardens every year, and it must be one of the most enjoyable ways of raising money for nursing and caring charities and supporting those who need our help. We are delighted to be able to increase our support for Carers Trust this year.”

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Children’s charity boss who praised shamed Stuart Hall quits

NSPCC branch chair resigns after supporting Hall during his child-abuse trial

19 JUN 2013

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Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan wrote a reference in support of Hall's charity workHall was jailed for 15 months

NSPCC volunteer and Wigan football club chairman give glowing character references for former BBC star Stuart Hall, 83, as he is jailed for abusing girls as young as nine

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Rolf Harris trial: Esther Rantzen ‘I am profoundly shocked’

30 June 2014

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of 12 counts of indecently assaulting four girls in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

One of the victims was a childhood friend of his daughter, while another was aged seven or eight.

Broadcaster and founder of ChildLine Esther Rantzen told the BBC that she was “profoundly shocked”.

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