Child sex abuse:How Lady Macur exonerated the Waterhouse inquiry over convicted paedophile Gordon Anglesea
9 Dec. 2017
While the political world was convulsed over Brexit Whitehall decided to remove one of the major redactions in last year’s report by Lady Macur, an appeal judge, which reviewed the inquiry undertaken by Sir Ronald Waterhouse in the 1990s into the scandal of child sex abuse in North Wales.
The redaction involves her investigation and findings into the tribunal’s role in investigating Gordon Anglesea, a retired North Wales police superintendent, convicted of sexually abusing two teenage boys in October last year.
He is the superintendent who won £375,000 damages in 1994 in a libel case against two national newspapers, The Observer and the Independent on Sunday, the magazine Private Eye and HTV, the holder of the ITV franchise in Wales. His legal costs were underwritten by the Police Federation.
Anglesea claimed the four media organisations had accused him of being a child abuser during visits he made to the Bryn Estyn children’s home just outside Wrexham. He denied it and jury found for Anglesea.
The recent death of Anglesea – which meant he can’t appeal his conviction last year- allows him to be named in her report for the first time. And the findings are interesting given the subsequent conviction of Anglesea by Operation Pallial, the National Crime Agency’s investigation and the libel case in 1994.
The references to Anglesea are in the chapter on freemasonry. She examines the investigation carried out by the Witness Interviewing Team (WIT). This was headed by Reginald Briggs, a retired Detective Chief Inspector who had served in the South Wales police force and was a Freemason. She sees no conflict in the tribunal employing a freemason to investigate another freemason. Gordon Anglesea was also a freemason.
“This Review has specifically considered whether there is anything within the material which suggests that the investigations made on behalf of the Tribunal into freemasonry was less thorough by reason of this fact. I have found nothing to suggest this was the case and illustrate the point below predominately in relation to two establishment figures identified during the course of the Tribunal as Freemasons, namely Gordon Anglesea and Lord Kenyon,” [ Lord Kenyon was a Provincial Grand Master, and a member of the North Wales Police Authority in the 1980s]
She accepts that one survivor witness against Anglesea was difficult to trace and when finally contacted mentioned other people not him.
Another witness who was in prison is described as ” fixated by Anglesea’s and his alleged involvement in a paedophile ring.”
“The statement produced records his assertions that in 1991 he had
seen part of a video featuring Anglesea sexually abusing a boy and girl.
The video had allegedly been stolen from a local Councillor subsequently prosecuted for possession of a large quantity of pornography. He said he developed photographs from the video and sent them anonymously to the Chief Constable of the NWP.”
The tribunal concluded this witness was not credible and he was never called.
A lot of time was spent tracing people who might know Anglesea and about his visits to Bryn Estyn including finding one freemason in the same lodge but he said he only knew him by sight.
The report adds: “However, more than one contributor to this Review still question whether enough was done to find evidence against Anglesea or to properly examine the links between freemasonry and the failure to investigate child abuse allegations.”
The inquiry was hampered by one witnesses refusing to give a statement and another witness was deemed to be unreliable despite evidence of Anglesea helping the notorious paedophile Peter Howarth, who ran the home and was subsequently jailed, line up boys. The tribunal was not certain whether he was there at the time.
She does add one very interesting piece of evidence that was witheld from the tribunal.
“I am aware that an allegation of a relatively minor indecent assault was made
against Anglesea by an adult acquaintance of his family prior to the
commencement of the Tribunal hearings. It appears that Counsel to the Tribunal
was informed that “the CPS had decided to take no further action in the case on the
grounds that there was insufficient evidence to support criminal proceedings”, but
apparently not of the fact that Anglesea had lied, on his own subsequent admission, when first interviewed under caution about the allegation.”
… I wrote to the present Chief Constable of the NWP on 15 May 2015 in relation to this non disclosure. The Chief Constable responded indicating that there is no material in the possession of the NWP to indicate why the file was not disclosed, but that it is possible that the file’s relevance to the issue of credibility was overlooked.
She concludes: “I regard the evidence that had lied when first interviewed under
caution about the allegation of indecent assault against an adult acquaintance
of the family was relevant to the issue of his credibility.
Counsel to the Tribunal do not appear to have been made aware of this fact and would have been at a disadvantage in justifying their request for disclosure. It is likely that the NWP overlooked the issue of credibility in favour of considering whether the facts of the alleged offence constituted similar fact evidence.
“This information may have been significant in the Tribunal’s appraisal of his credibility and would have been ‘fresh’ evidence to that which had been available in the libel trial.”
In other words in a civil case which ended up with the media paying out £375,000 damages – the fact that Anglesea was a proven liar could have swayed the jury to bring in a different verdict.
Her overall verdict is to exonerate the Tribunal. And she is not in favour of further reviews of other tribunals covering child sex abuse and certainly not a public inquiry. She does not accept there were any paedophile rings involving Freemasons and VIPs- witholding the information from the public.
She is in favour of thorough police investigations – and perhaps mindful that the police might secure a conviction after her report- hedges her bets on this saying police investigations are better at solving complaints than public inquiries.
Her one other recommendation suggests the police should look at the perversion of course of justice and malfeasance in public office.
She concludes: ” In general, I would advise caution in embarking upon a review of the workings of previous tribunals or boards of inquiry without a considered opinion of the time likely to be involved and the consequent outcome to be achieved.”
“The conclusions of a rapid investigation into a broad and complex topic will be unlikely to allay the concerns and anxieties of interested parties or the public in general.
“An exhaustive review will produce results that may no longer be
relevant to the circumstances which initiated the investigation. In any event, it should be appreciated that the conclusions of any such body will not meet with universal approval. Those with an interest, personal or otherwise, will seek justification for their views and be unlikely to accept the contrary.”
A very Establishment view, Lady Macur. The full report and written statement from Alun Cairns, the Wales Secretary is here.
Why was one of convicted paedophile John Allen’s companies in Amsterdam, that sent paedophile material to Dolphin Square not being investigated ?
Because of the libel threat only two people can be connected to the Jillings report. Both are now dead. One is Sir Peter Morrison, a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and one of Thatcher’s key aides.
Much more is known about his father, pictured above, Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon 5th Baron Kenyon DL FSA CBE. From this point onwards refered to as Lord Kenyon.
Lord Kenyon was born 13 September 1917 and was educated at Eton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge
Between 1947 and 1982 Lord Kenyon was President of the University of North Wales at Bangor.
From 1948 he was the Deputy Lieutenant for Flint. (North Wales)
Between 1952 and 1957 Lord Kenyon was President of the National Museum of Wales.
Between 1962 and 1988 he was the Director of Lloyds Bank.
He was Commissioner of Wales Boy Scouts 1966
Between 1966 and 1988 he was Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery.
He died 16 May 1993 aged 75.
But who was “The Honourable” Thomas Kenyon ?
We know something about his elder brother, the 6th Baron Kenyon, also called Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon.
He was born 13 July 1947
He was High Sheriff Clwyd 1986 (North Wales)
And EU Ctee of The Regions 1994–97
But what about “The Honourable” Thomas Kenyon ?
He was born on 14 March 1954.
He died of Aids in 1993.
It really does seem a shame to me that such a great family with such a longstanding connection to North Wales should have such little about them written on the internet.
And so, I feel it is my duty to rectify that. This article shall be a work in progress and anyone who can help fill out the biographies of senior members of this illustrious family can post in reply. Please provide links to sources of info.
“A 23 – YEAR – OLD man appeared for the second time before Birmingham magistrates today accused of arson at the city’s Central Y.M.C.A.
Thomas Tyrell – Kenyon, youngest son of Lord Kenyon of Whitchurch. Shropshire, was reamnded (sic) until May 19.
He was living at the Y.M.C.A., in Snow Hill, Birmingham, at the time of the alleged offence.
Sir Andrew Watson allowed Tyrell-Kenyon bail of pounds 1,000.
A condition is that Tyrell-Kenyon remain in a secure wing of the North Walse Hospital, Denbigh.
Tyrell – Kenyon has two brothers and a sister. His father is a director of Lloyds Bank.
A great many people have been asking the question; Who was the son of a Lord who is implicated in the North Wales child abuse scandal and cover-up ?
Actually, the answer has been online for over 15 years in this very revealing article.
Because of the libel threat only two people can be connected to the Jillings report. Both are now dead. One is Sir Peter Morrison, a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and one of Thatcher’s key aides. His sister is Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen. One of his more extraordinary achievements is not hearing the IRA bomb go off while staying at the Grand Hotel in Brighton in 1985.
The other is Thomas Kenyon, son of the late Lord Kenyon. Thomas died of Aids three years ago. His brother represents Wales on the EU’s Committee of the Regions. These names alone give some indication of the kind of people who might have been named in the report, if they were name-able.
It is unclear if the author was unaware of the Waterhouse injunction or, as seems more likely, wrote this article before the injunction extension came into to being.
This should answer the puzzle set by Nick Davies and below I’ve taken a part of an article he wrote back in 1997 and added [in bold] the missing names.
Lord Kenyon was a powerful man: he had a considerable private income; he was a senior freemason, a respected patron of the arts and a champion of good causes; he became a familiar figure in the corridors of power both in the City of London, where he sat on the board of Lloyds Bank, one of the largest companies in Britain, and in the political world, where he became an influential figure in regional politics. His son, Thomas Kenyon, however, was a very different creature.
Thomas Kenyon drifted into the low life of Wrexham, in North Wales, where he made his home. He drank, he mixed with a group of people who were in and out of prison and, most of all, he hung around the red-brick public toilets by the bus station in King Street. According to evidence which has been given behind a screen of anonymity at the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal, Lord Kenyon’s son was a paedophile.
In July 1979, Thomas Kenyon, then aged 25, had an alarming experience. He woke up in a room in the Crest Hotel in Wrexham to discover that all of his clothes and possessions had been stolen – by a young boy with whom he had been having sex that night. This boy, who was then two years below the age of consent and was supposed to be in the care of the local authority, has now told the tribunal that Thomas Kenyon used him for sex “on numerous occasions”.
Thomas Kenyon had no doubt at all about how to handle this theft. He went to the police and not only named the treacherous boy but explained quite openly why it was that they were sharing a room. A contemporary note made by the boy’s social worker records that the police were aware of allegations of “homosexual activities” between the boy and Thomas Kenyon . The police investigated. The outcome was clear: the boy was convicted of theft and sent to a detention centre for three months; Thomas Kenyon was never charged with any offence at all.
Under normal circumstances, Lord Kenyon and his son,Thomas Kenyon, would both by now have been identified in the press as their names surfaced in the proceedings of the tribunal, which has been holding open sessions for eight months. The public would have joined the tribunal in making a judgement about whether Thomas Kenyon escaped prosecution simply because there was insufficient evidence (he later told police that his claim to have had sex with the boy must have been “a figment of the imagination”) or whether Thomas Kenyon was right to boast, as one convicted paedophile told the tribunal, that his influential father could intervene to protect them.
As it is,Thomas Kenyon has not been named because the chairman of the North Wales Tribunal, Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC, has ruled that, unless they have been convicted in court, no living person who is or is likely to be accused of abusing children in care can be identified. It so happens that Thomas Kenyon is dead – and so is Lord Kenyon – but Sir Ronald has extended his ruling to prevent either man being named.
I should just say at this stage, that all references to Lord Kenyon in this article are to Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon 5th Baron Kenyon and not his son the 6th Baron Kenyon who bears the same name.
For the most part information about the family has been expunged from the internet. There are no wikipedia entries for either the 5th or 6th Baron Kenyon which is unusual for members of the aristocracy. It is a bit like “the curious incident of the dog [that didn’t bark] in the night-time.”
I am aware that the following Parliamentarians knew about the elite paedophile ring and the cover-up Willie Whitelaw, John Major, Ken Livingstone, Edwina Currie, David Waddington, Michael Howard, Margaret Thatcher, Leon Brittan, Ken Clarke, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Geoffrey Dickens, Alun Michael, Rod Richards, John Merek and William Hague.
Hansard Debate: Macur review
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Liz Saville Roberts
I turn to redactions: the removal of names and details by which people might be identified. On my count—I may be wrong, although I counted twice— there are 633 redactions in the report. Although many will be duplications, the Secretary of State and the Minister must appreciate that that number is extremely high.
The previous Secretary of State for Wales, the right hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said in his statement last week that redactions had been “kept to a minimum”. While I, and I am sure many people here, accept that some redactions must be made, particularly given the ongoing court proceedings and the potential for further actions, I put it to the House that to claim that redactions in the report have been kept to a minimum is frankly disingenuous.
I am particularly concerned about the extremely high number of redactions in chapters 7 and 8 on freemasonry and establishment figures respectively.
Lady Justice Macur made recommendations in her report to the Secretaries of State on what should be redacted in the published report. She said:
“It is for the Secretaries of State to determine any further redaction of my Report weighing public interest with the caution”.
The previous Secretary of State also said that the rationale behind making the redactions, as set out in the letters to the Secretaries of State by the Treasury Solicitor and the director general of propriety and ethics, “explain the reasons…fully”.
However, I put it to the Minister that those justifications are weak and bland. I sympathise with the views expressed by victims and by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, as just mentioned, who believe that the UK Government need to be more open about the process by which redactions were made.
First, I ask the Minister to tell the House how many redactions were made in addition to those suggested by Lady Macur.
Secondly, will he publish further information about why those additional redactions were made and what the process was in coming to a decision on them?
Lady Justice Macur’s report refers to individuals who have implied in written evidence that they hold information about abusers who were not investigated by the police or the tribunal.
She states that following an interview with—redacted name—she made a request for materials said by that person to be relevant to the review and stored by a solicitor. She goes on to say that that solicitor had since left the relevant practice and that the files in question were destroyed. She even says that the person at the firm dealing with her request recalled that, before the files were destroyed, the solicitor in question had visited the office and
“may have taken any documents he considered worthy of retention.”
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Is simply ignoring correspondence until the problem goes away all one needs to do to get away with a crime? Even ignoring the allegation that the solicitor may have removed evidence, is the Minister satisfied that it would be standard practice to destroy recently archived data?
Unfortunately, that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to missing or destroyed evidence. The greatest cause for concern in relation to the process and documentation is of course the fate of the Waterhouse tribunal’s evidence originally handed over to the Welsh Office in 1998. Those documents—it says this in the report—were supposed to be archived securely for 75 years. That did not happen. The evidence received scant respect at the Welsh Office and it was then shuffled over to the Welsh Government.
This is simply a catalogue of data mismanagement: dependency on technology that becomes dated and corrupted; destruction of hardware and tapes; boxes of evidence in disorder; and a reference index that lists 718 boxes while only 398 were initially made available. It remains unclear how many boxes of evidence were finally handed over to Lady Justice Macur, but documents were still coming to light on 1 December last year. It should be noted that the report was presented on 10 December. That methodology does not instil confidence.
The significance of the destroyed computer database cannot be overestimated. That was the record of all documentation. Against that database, if extant, it would have been possible to come to a view as to whether significant evidence was present or missing. Macur states:
“It is impossible to confidently report that I have seen all the documentation that was before the Tribunal.”
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley) (Lab): I interviewed six young men some years ago in the Cynon Valley. Those boys were taken to north Wales, and that may be true of boys from other parts of south Wales as well. This is talked about as the north Wales abuse inquiry, but it is sometimes forgotten that the children came from all over Wales. Those boys’ reports were harrowing, as Members can imagine. It is an absolute disgrace that there are so many missing documents; I entirely agree with the hon. Lady. Where have they gone? Who is responsible? Lots of the evidence given to the Jillings report, which preceded the Waterhouse inquiry, has also gone missing. Where is it? Who did that, and what were they hiding?
Liz Saville Roberts: I agree. There is a history, as the right hon. Lady mentioned, of a loss of evidence associated with child abuse. I refer also to the Geoffrey Dickens dossier. I ask the Minister to consider whether victims and survivors of abuse in Wales—not only north Wales, of course—can, in all honesty, be satisfied with the findings of this report.
Now that the Macur review has been published, we are left with the overall lasting impression that documentation and process have been more important than securing justice for the victims and survivors of the abuse that was perpetrated, which should have been the overarching responsibility and purpose of the review.
Symptomatic of that concern for documentation and process rather than for the victims and survivors of abuse was the failure to speak to them individually.
The review held a public session in Wrexham in June 2013. The review’s website states that, on that day, Lady Justice Macur
“met privately with anyone who asked to do so”
“met with numerous individuals with relevant information.”
However, I have spoken with one of the survivors, Keith Gregory, who is a point of contact for other victims and survivors of abuse, and he has informed me that arrangements for interviews were forgotten by the review.
In any event, the Government have redacted, as we have heard, huge swathes of the Macur review, removing in particular the names of individuals who have been the subject of speculation and who have national recognition.
For example, the name Peter Morrison has been redacted from the report, but puzzlingly, other names—Greville Janner, Lord Gareth Williams—have not.
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West) (Con): If I may correct the hon. Gentleman, Peter Morrison’s name does appear in the body of the report. It is important that the hon. Gentleman clarifies that, because it is not redacted.
Ian C. Lucas: It appears in one part of the report, but it is also redacted in other parts of it. His name appears in the introduction, I believe, but in the part that relates to establishment figures, his name is redacted.
Mr David Jones: The point I was seeking to make is that his name is not wholly redacted, and since the hon. Gentleman is making a speech that covers very important matters, it is necessary to clarify that point.
Ian C. Lucas: I am grateful for that clarification, but in the chapter that relates to establishment figures, the two names that I referred to are not redacted, whereas Peter Morrison’s name is. It is very difficult to deduce a line of principle to see why someone made that decision. I think we need to have that information, and I think it
is very important and very appropriate that the Children’s Commissioner for Wales has written to the Secretary of State for Wales, saying that
“more can be done to communicate many of the omissions to be found in the report, and seek a greater level of transparency to be afforded to victims. As such, I call on the UK Government to issue a statement explaining the methodology used for redacting the publically available Macur Review Report, giving a full rationale for the changes made. Without an understanding of the approach employed by the Government’s lawyers, many will continue to question whether there has been protection of individuals because of their position in society, rather than because there are ongoing criminal investigations, or if there is no evidence against them.”
Some of the people whose names have been redacted are dead, so there will not be any continuing criminal investigations as far as they are concerned, and it is very difficult to understand why these redactions have been made and what element of principle is involved. We need that information because we have to try to persuade our constituents that our political system is not rotten and that it does afford them some element of protection.
Thursday 28 March 2013
- Mr Justice Briggs
- Mr Justice Christopher Clarke
- Mr Justice Floyd
- Mr Justice Fulford
- Mrs Justice Gloster
- Mrs Justice Macur
- Mr Justice Ryder
- Mrs Justice Sharp
- Mr Justice Underhill
- Mr Justice Vos
The most senior freemason in South Wales has defended the secretiveness of Wales’ 13,000 masons.
Provincial Grand Master Gareth Jones said the members of the order should not be forced to declare their membership.
He was responding to calls made by South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner on S4C’s Y Byd ar Bedwar current affairs programme for more openness.
Alun Michael argued that it should be compulsory for all public servants, whether police officers, council officials or politicians, to declare if they are freemasons.
Fifty years of service: The Hon. Mary Morrison (left)
‘Hon. Dame Mary Anne Morrison, GCVO Woman of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth II since 1960′
‘[Sir Peter Morrison] was a force to be reckoned with — at the heart of the Establishment, close to the PM, and, throughout this period, his sister, now Dame Mary Morrison, was a friend and lady-in-waiting to the Queen’ [quote: former MP Gyles Brandreth]
Princess Anne & Lady-in-Waiting Mary Morrison – sister of noted pederast Peter Morrison
The Queen and landed power in Scotland
The Queen Mother is the daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore. Her sister was married to the 4th Earl of Granville, whose granddaughter, Lady Marcia is married to Jonathan Bulmer.
The 2nd Earl of Granville’s daughter was the grandmother of James Morrison, Lord Margadale.
“When we arrived in Chester in 1991, the word on the street was that Peter was ‘a disgusting pervert’. Out canvassing, knocking on doors in the large council estates, we were told that Morrison was a monster who interfered with children.
The first, and only, official acknowledgement of my predecessor’s possible involvement in child abuse came my way in 1996, when William Hague, then Secretary of State for Wales, came up to me in the Commons to let me know that he had ordered an inquiry into allegations of child abuse in care homes in North Wales between 1974 and 1990 — and that Morrison’s name might feature in connection with the Bryn Estyn home in Wrexham, 12 miles from Chester.”
Mrs Thatcher spent a few days on the Scottish island of Islay, where her aide, Peter Morrison, had his family estate.
After dinner in the huge mansion each night, there were boisterous party games
It’s now remarkable to think of Thatcher being courted on 3 successive holidays in 1977, 1978 and 1979 by Lord Margadale on the Isle of Islay, while his self-confessed ‘pederast’ son Sir Peter Morrison was hovering for a role in government and then to learn that Lord Harvington, (whose child abusing son had been neatly despatched to quieter climes in Workington, Cumbria by George Hume before becoming Archbishop), was also hosting Thatcher on holiday in Jersey.
Lord Harvington – Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and her husband were among the guests on his yacht.
Lord Harvington‘s son Piers Grant-Ferris
‘Forty’ abusers at Catholic school
November 28 2017
Forty monks and teachers have been accused of sexually abusing boys at a leading Roman Catholic school that allegedly became a “honeypot” for offenders, it was revealed yesterday.
Reports of child sex offences at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire were disclosed yesterday at a public hearing of an inquiry into the handling of abuse allegations by the Catholic church.
As a case study, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) is examining safeguarding policies at two fee-paying boarding schools run by the English Benedictine Congregation — Ampleforth, and Downside in Somerset. Riel Karmy-Jones, QC, counsel to the inquiry, said that it would consider the prevalence of child abuse within the Catholic church and the extent to which Catholic culture “has or does inhibit the proper investigation and prevention” of such crimes.
Since 1996 three monks and two lay teachers at Ampleforth have been convicted of sex offences against pupils, but Ms Karmy-Jones said that the inquiry had been notified of multiple allegations against about 40 monks and teachers.
In an opening statement on behalf of 29 abuse survivors Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, the law firm, said that the “temptation to cover up” such crimes was “particularly acute in institutions associated with the Roman Catholic Church”. He said: “Where reputation is key to an organisation’s existence, there is likely to be an almost overwhelming desire to find some way of avoiding the bad publicity associated with child sex abuse.” Shared awareness among child abusers that their misconduct would be covered up, or dealt with in-house, explained why “some institutions become honeypots where multiple offenders operate”.
Mr Scorer urged the inquiry to consider recommending a change in the law to make failure to report abuse a criminal offence.
On behalf of 14 victims and survivors, David Enright said that it was “very difficult to explain” to a non-Catholic “the power and depth of influence the Catholic church exerts over its members. The abusers were not only men in positions of trust; they were seen by the abused, and their families, as spokesmen for the God they worship. It is hard to imagine a greater hold that a child abuser could have over his victim.”
Matthias Kelly, QC, counsel for Ampleforth, said that the school and the abbey wanted “to apologise for the hurt, injury, distress and damage done to those who were abused as a result of our failings”. He said that the school’s policy today was one of “full, transparent and immediate co-operation with the statutory agencies”.
For Downside and the English Benedictine Congregation, Kate Gallafent, QC, said that the Catholic church was committed to giving the inquiry “its full co-operation. The congregation expresses profound shame that any child has been the victim of sexual abuse whilst in the care of the schools connected with its abbeys.”
Before becoming Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher loved spending time on the beautiful Isle of Islay.
Every August, she would walk on the deserted beaches, drop into the local whisky distillery with husband Denis and play charades after dinner.
Her invitation to go there arrived every year like clockwork from a young Tory whose well-heeled family owned the 80,000-acre Scottish island. Mrs Thatcher’s gratitude to him was revealed in a thank-you letter she sent from 10 Downing Street shortly after becoming Prime Minister in May, 1979.
She wrote: ‘I must let you know how much Denis and I are looking forward to our holiday this year with you on Islay. My office will be in touch with you about all the details.’
The note, signed fondly ‘Yours ever, Margaret’, was written to the Right Honourable Peter Morrison, a man spawned into a privileged political dynasty steeped in loyal service to the Conservatives.
His father, John Morrison — made Lord Margadale in recognition of his service to the Conservatives — then presciently announced at a family dinner at his grand house on Islay (three years before it actually happened): ‘Mark my words, Margaret Thatcher will be the next leader of the (Tory) Party.’
In due course, his son, Peter, became MP for Chester and was the first backbencher to urge Mrs Thatcher to stand for the party leadership. The Morrisons were so intimate with Mrs T that women in the family even gave her fashion tips. And over the years, no political colleague was more close to her than Peter.
Immediately after Mrs Thatcher became PM, he was given a job in the Treasury. Then, after a series of junior ministerial roles, he was elevated to deputy chairman of the ConservThere was talk of an incident at a public lavatory in his constituency, of him trawling central London for rent boys, of having a private house where wild parties were held for under-age males, and secretive visits from Chester over the border into Wales to see what he called ‘his young friends’.
Questions were increasingly asked in Westminster, in private at first, if it was wise for a man who was bedevilled by such deeply unpleasant rumours to be so close to the Prime Minister.
The Mail’s political columnist Simon Heffer says that, as early as 1988, concerns over Morrison were circulating in the Tory top ranks.
He remembers: ‘A very senior person in the party said that Peter had been discovered by police kerb-crawling for rent boys in Sussex Gardens, London
Lord Tebbit has told the BBC that ‘rumours had got to my ears’ over Morrison having sex with under-age boys. ‘I faced him up and asked him bluntly whether there was any truth in them. He assured me there was not. There was no action on the part of the police . . . I accepted his word.’
The Tory grandee says that he now believes a VIP ring of paedophiles operated in Westminster over many years and that their activities were covered up by those in powerful places to protect the British establishment.
In July 1990, one-time Health Secretary Edwina Currie wrote in her diary which was published –
‘Peter Morrison has become the Prime Minister’s PPS. Now he’s what they call a “noted pederast” with a liking for young boys. She either knows and is taking a chance, or doesn’t; either way, it’s a really dumb move.’
Morrison had, indeed, been cautioned, the police admitted (it is believed to have been in 1990, the year he took the job as Mrs Thatcher’s PPS), for having sex with a 15-year-old boy in the public lavatories at Crewe railway station.
Jonathan Aitken, a close friend of Sir Peter Morrison’s
Jonathan Aitken, a close friend of Morrison’s at Eton, wrote in his Margaret Thatcher biography last year: ‘The allegations against him (Morrison) were never substantiated, and the inquiry was subsequently dropped.’
Police officers in Chester and Westminster complained that a less powerful man would not have been let off with just a caution but would have been charged with gross indecency.
What’s more, they said that, since the boy victims were under-age Morrison should have been charged with the much more serious offence of sexual crimes against children.
The disgruntled police also said that paperwork about Morrison’s caution had disappeared on the orders of ‘those on high’.
But what of Morrison’s secretive visits to North Wales, a short drive over the border from his constituency?
Gyles Brandreth, his successor as Chester MP, says he and his wife were told ‘repeatedly and emphatically’ that Morrison was a ‘disgusting pervert’.
Rod Richards, a former Conservative MP and leader of the Welsh Tories, says he has seen confidential documents prepared for earlier inquiries which state clearly how Morrison was a ‘frequent and unexplained’ visitor at the homes.
He says: ‘I saw his name and it stayed with me because I knew he was a politician. I think there have been many cover-ups along the way to protect him and others.’
Mr Richards’s memories chime with those of a former resident of the Bryn Estyn care home who told Channel 4 News he had seen Morrison there five times.
The man said: ‘Going through some papers recently, I saw his face. I know now he was the MP for Chester at the time. Morrison. Red wavy hair. I recognised him straight away.
‘I saw him at Bryn Estyn. He turned up in a car, the boy went off in his car. We used to see a lot of people we didn’t recognise, not staff. They couldn’t have been there for the same reason the staff were there. They turned up at odd hours, early evening and the night. Really nice shoes, I always remember the shoes.’
It remains deeply disturbing that Morrison should have been allowed to rise so high and get so close to Margaret Thatcher.
In 1986, when he was moved from his post as a Department of Trade and Industry junior minister to become deputy chairman of the Tory Party, Mrs Thatcher wrote him another effusive letter.
Hinting at their very close relationship, it began: ‘I hasten to say that I am not intending to write to you the normal letter for Ministers leaving the Government.’
Peter Brooke’s family home is close to Peter Morrison’s family home on Islay
Islay was favoured by Thatcher – and Heath as a holiday destination – guests of Morrison
Peter Brooke, Life Peer PUDDLE HOUSE, CHICKSGROVE, TISBURY, SALISBURY SP3 6NA
What’s so interesting about that address?
WELL – that’s SIR BRIAN CUBBON
Sir Brian is listed as a director of an MI6 front company called Hakluyt & Company.
Chairman of the Conservative Party In office
13 July 1987 – 24 July 1989
Peter Morrison was deputy Chair from 1986
Bottomley was PPS to Brooke
The Morrisons and Brooke were neighbours in Tilsbury as well as Islay
The Morrisons live at Fonthill House, near Tisbury in Wiltshire.
Peter Brooke, Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville (born 3 March 1934)
PUDDLE HOUSE, CHICKSGROVE, TISBURY, SALISBURY SP3 6NA
Tisbury is a village 13 miles west of Salisbury in the English county of Wiltshire.
Margaret Thatcher, Leon Brittan and Sir Peter Morrison on holiday in Islay, Aug 1979
This is Mrs Thatcher’s third consecutive summer holiday on Islay, where she is the guest of Lord Margadale, the former Tory MP.
A party of 12 will be staying at Lord Margadale’s house, Islay House, for Mrs Thatcher’s holiday week.
The guests include Lord Margadale’s son Mr Peter Morrison, Tory MP for Chester and a Government Whip,
and (his sister) Miss Mary Morrison, Lady in Waiting to the Queen.
Dame Mary Morrison, was a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II for forty years.
Sara Morrison – sister-in-law to noted pederast Sir Peter Morrison. Her husband, Sir Charles Morrison helped fund Harvey Proctor’s shirt shop.
PIE-Linked Albany Trust
1974: Grey lunches with Sir Keith Joseph & invites Mrs Charles Morrison to become Albany Trust Chair
Tory child abuse whistleblower: ‘Margaret Thatcher knew all about underage sex ring among ministers’
“I underlined the names of Keith Joseph, Rhodes Boyson and one MP still serving today. I also said I had seen Michael Havers at a party in Blackpool held at the hotel pool in 1983.”
Early in 1979 the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation publishedBroadcasting and … The Foundation is deeply grateful to Peter Mandelson, Sara Morrison and the .
“The late Sir Edward Heath was notoriously uneasy with women, but there was one, Sara Morrison, who was a good friend and an important political confidante. She was with him when he died on Sunday. ”
Edward Heath ‘was not a sexual being’, says closest female friend Sara Morrison
Sara Morrison lunched weekly with the former prime minister and was his confidante
Mrs Morrison, promoted by Heath from local government to vice-chairman of the Conservative Party in the early 1970s, often played host in later years when Heath had dinners at his house in Salisbury
Edward Heath’s Former Secretary Shot Himself After Child Abuse Arrest
16 Aug 2015
‘An ex-aide of former Tory Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath, shot himself in the
head following his arrest for potential child abuse offences.
Two days after being questioned by police investigating images on his computer, 40-year-old Nick Edgar killed himself near his parents’ Cambridgeshire estate.
The Sun reports the father of three, who worked as Sir Edward Heath’s Private
Secretary in the 1990s, was held by police investigating child abuse crimes in April
2010. Having been questioned again four months later, Edgar shot himself with a
shotgun near his parents’ home.
The former Oxford University Union president started working with Sir Edward in
1992 when he was in his early 20s. He worked as his Private Secretary for several
years, spending months at the former Prime Minister’s Wiltshire home.’
Seven police forces across Britain are looking into historic child sex abuse allegations made against Sir Edward himself, who died in 2005 aged 89.
He led the Tories to a surprise General Election victory over Labour, took Britain into Europe and lost power after failing to beat the unions over the three-day week.But Sir Edward Heath might never have had a stint in 10 Downing Street had he not heeded advice to stop ‘cottaging’ for gay sex.For he was warned in the 1950s that cruising for homosexual encounters could destroy his political career.Sir Edward, a lifelong bachelor who died in 2005, always refused to comment on his sexuality.But Brian Coleman, a senior Tory member of the London Assembly, has claimed the ex-Prime Minister had actively sought gay sex in public places.He said it was ‘common knowledge’ among Conservatives that Sir Edward had been given a stern warning by police when he underwent background checks for the for the post of Privy Councillor.In an internet article for the New Stateman magazine, Mr Coleman claimed that gay men had run the Conservative Party in the capital for years, whether as officials, councillors or volunteers.
One of the things we are all starting to learn recently is that ‘gay’ is Tory code for paedophile. …large number of Conservative paedophiles who were not only members of parliament but also of the old GLC and local councils.
From Heath’s 1998 autobiography – Ted Heath especially grateful to Nicholas Edgar…and some other familiar names…Sara Morrison, Soames, Fellowes…
In June 1995 Heath’s private office, headed at that time by Nicholas Edgar, was set the task of organising three days of lavish celebrations for our visitors at the most prestigious London venues.
Heath’s Chief Whip: My Job Was to Cover-up Scandals Involving Small Boys
Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture
|12 April 1994
Dear Mr Bryson
Sir Edward has asked me to thank you for your letter of 7 April 1994.
It was kind of you to write and Sir Edward was interested to read about the scheme that you have set up in Kensington & Chelsea for the elderly.
Sir Edward has asked me to pass on his best wishes. He hopes that it is a great success.
Heath was a good pal of the Morrisons too
Heath autobio. p574
” …went off to spend the weekend with Charles and Sara Morrison at their home in Wiltshire………..
John Granville Morrison, 1st Baron Margadale TD, DL (1906 – 1996), was a British landowner and Conservative Party politician. An MP from 1942 to 1965, he notably served as Chairman of the 1922 Committee between 1955 and 1964.
Morrison was the son of Hugh Morrison and Lady Mary Leveson-Gower, daughter of the Liberal statesman Granville Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville. (There’s a name we recognise).
The eldest of John Morrison’s sons, James , married Sophia Cavendish, daugher of the youngest of the Mitford sisters, Deborah. Deborah Mitford is also known as DEBO.
The Mitford sisters were heavily influenced/influencing of Oswald Mosley, who may have been the influence for the political stance of THE MONDAY CLUB.
Debo was known to Savile and in his auction of personal artefacts was a card provenance as signed by Debo Duchess of Devonshire.
From Savile’s auction..
A collection of Christmas greetings cards, including from members of the Royal Household, four from Princess Alexandra (1936- ) The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and Sir Angus Ogilvy (1928-2004); and two handwritten postcards from Deborah (1920- ) Duchess of Devonshire, signed ‘Debo’ (approx. 30)
Provenance: From the estate of Sir Jimmy Savile. OBE, KCSG, LLD (1926-2011)
The second son, Sir Charles Andrew Morrison (1932–2005) sat as Conservative MP for Devizes from 1964 until 1992.
He was one of the investors in the shirt shop Cottonrose in Richmond. That property’s freehold is said to be owned by ‘Puddles’ (from the Mary Moss documents). It had been run by ex MP Harvey Proctor,Tory MP for Basildon 1979-1983 and Billericay 1983-1987, who was forced to resign following his activities involving a rent boy/spanking.
Sara Morrison, Charles Morrison’s wife has been described as Edward Heath’s friend and important political confidante and she was with him when he died.
The daughter of Viscount Lang and the Duchess of Marlborough, Sara Morrison was a director of the influential program, Fourth Channel TV, and one of the principal organizers of the Conservative Party, said to be a close confidante of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
She was a director of General Electric Co. of England (now Plessy – ? linked to the Rothschilds).
The third son, Sir Peter Morrison (1944 –1995), was Conservative MP for Chester from 1974 to 1992 and died aged 51 in 1995.
He lived at Puddington in Cheshire, according to the Chester Chronicle, and at the end of his life he was living in Somerset.
He was Margaret Thatcher’s parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.
In October 2012 it was alleged that evidence has been seen that linked Peter Morrison to the North Wales children’s homes case, in which up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally abused over a 20 year period.
It has also been alleged that Sir Peter was protected by a “culture of sniggering, of giggling and of nudge-nudge, wink-wink” and that his behaviour was covered up by senior party members and the media.
Morrison is now named in connection with a fresh inquiry into these allegations, which could also implicate the late DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
John Morrison’s daughter, Dame Mary Morrison, was a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II for forty years.
Circles – and rings
^ Noted pederast Peter Morrison
Thatcher’s bodyguard (left) and Peter Morrison
Margaret Thatcher ‘Told Of Sir Peter Morrison Paedophile Claims’
Margaret Thatcher was told about alleged sex parties with under-age boys held by one of her closest aides claims her former personal bodyguard.
Barry Strevens, who worked as the prime minister’s personal bodyguard, said that he passed on allegations about her confidant Sir Peter Morrison.
“A senior officer in Chester had told me there were rumours going around about under-age boys – one aged 15 – attending sex parties at a house there belonging to Peter Morrison,” he said.
At the time, Sir Peter was being considered as the replacement for deputy party chairman after Jeffrey Archer had stood down over prostitution claims in 1986.
The former senior police officer said that Lady Thatcher appointed Sir Peter deputy party chairman of the Conservatives despite learning of the rumours.
The History of Islay House
Islay House is one of Britain’s most historic houses, having played host to many distinguished guests from Prime Ministers to Queen Elizabeth II
Gyles Brandreth who was part of Jimmy Savile and Cliff Richard’s “porn tour”
Sir Edward Heath WAS a paedophile, says police chief: Astonishing claim is made that the former PM is guilty of vile crimes ‘covered up by the Establishment’
- More than 30 people have come forward with claims about the former PM
- And they are said to have given ‘strikingly similar’ accounts to Wiltshire Police
- The county’s chief constable has said that the allegations are ‘totally convincing’
- Pictures have emerged of Heath driving – despite it being claimed he didn’t have a car
The police chief investigating claims that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile is convinced the allegations are ‘120 per cent’ genuine, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
More than 30 people have come forward with claims of sexual abuse by the former Conservative Prime Minister, according to well-placed sources.
And they are said to have given ‘strikingly similar’ accounts of incidents to Wiltshire Police – even though the individuals are not known to each other.
The Mail on Sunday has been told that Wiltshire Chief Constable Mike Veale regards the allegations as ‘totally convincing’, and plans to publish a report in June.
Detectives have established that, contrary to claims that Sir Edward could not have committed the crimes as he ‘never drove a car’ and ‘always’ had a police driver with him, he did drive – and did have a car.
They have photographic evidence that shows he is a driver, and have established that he had a driving licence. He also bought a Rover 2000 after being deposed as Tory leader by Margaret Thatcher in 1975, when he was 58.
Astonishingly, Mr Veale is also understood to support claims that Sir Edward’s alleged crimes were reported to police years ago but covered up by the Establishment.
Some of those who said Sir Edward abused them are believed to have told police they went on to commit sexual abuse crimes themselves as a result.
The investigation into Sir Edward, called Operation Conifer, was set up in 2015 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
Mr Veale came under pressure to abandon the inquiry last year after separate claims of a paedophile ring at Westminster involving former Home Secretary, the late Lord Brittan, and former Defence chief, Lord Bramall, were found to be groundless.
Allegations that Sir Edward was involved in satanic orgies have been dismissed as fantasy by an expert asked to review the case.
However, The Mail on Sunday has been told that Mr Veale believes the paedophile allegations are genuine. A source said: ‘Mr Veale believes in them 120 per cent and thinks they are totally convincing.
‘There are very close similarities in the accounts given by those who have come forward. The same names used for him, the same places and same type of incidents keep coming up.
‘What stands out is that the people giving these accounts are not connected but the stories and the details dovetail.
‘It contains disturbing stuff. Investigators have been shocked by what they have learned.’
Another source said: ‘The police were initially sceptical about the allegations, but now believe them. And they have come round to the view that they were covered up in the past because of who Heath was.
‘They will not be deflected by the rich and powerful trying to do the same now. Mike Veale is doing a great job and should be congratulated for his courage.’
The disclosures come after several senior politicians dismissed the allegations against Heath as absurd and unfounded. Former Tory Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind complained Heath’s reputation was being ‘besmirched’. Heath’s sexuality has been the source of much speculation over the years. Some believed he was gay, others said he was ‘asexual.’ At one point, he was being investigated by no fewer than five police forces – the Met, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Kent and Jersey.
The claims, some of which have been proved false, include alleged links to a convicted brothel keeper known as Madame Ling-Ling. A paedophile dossier compiled by Labour peer Baroness Castle said he offered young boys trips on his yacht, and in a separate incident one man claimed Sir Edward picked him up hitchhiking in Kent as a 12-year-old in the 1960s and lured him to his Mayfair flat.
Labour MP Tom Watson also said he had received allegations about Sir Edward. However the claims Mr Veale is investigating, which date from the 1960s to 1990s, are not linked to the discredited evidence of the man known as ‘Nick’, who alleged a high-level paedophile ring.
One of the key counter-claims made when the allegations first surfaced came from former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong, who worked with Heath when he was Prime Minister. He said Heath ‘never drove a car’ and always had at least one policeman with him from 1970 until his death in 2005.
The fact that Sir Edward could drive was confirmed last night by a friend, who said the former Prime Minister bought a car in 1975, although Sir Edward was later given a chauffeur-driven car and police guard after IRA death threats.
Asked if Mr Veale believed the allegations against Sir Edward were ‘totally convincing’, a police spokesman said the Chief Constable was determined to ‘ensure the investigation is proportionate, measured and legal’ and that the job of the police was to ‘impartially investigate allegations without fear or favour and go where the evidence takes us. It is not the role of the police to judge the guilt or innocence of people in our criminal justice system.’
Further asked if Mr Veale had ‘120 per cent’ faith in the allegations, the spokesman declined to comment.
DO THESE PHOTOS UNDERMINE EX PM’S DEFENCE
Sir Edward Heath seen with his car in Weymouth, despite claims he never drove
These are the photographs that appear to disprove the notion that the allegations against Sir Edward cannot be true because he ‘never drove a car’ and was always accompanied by police.
Both were taken in October 1975. In the main picture on the right, Heath is standing by the driver’s door of the Rover 2000 he bought after Margaret Thatcher ousted him as Tory leader in February that year. In the picture on the left, he is seen arriving at the Tory Party conference in Blackpool – in the driver’s seat.
The Mail on Sunday has learned that Wiltshire Police has also obtained photographic evidence of him driving.
The issue was first raised by former Cabinet Secretary Lord Armstrong, who worked with Sir Edward in No 10. Lord Armstrong said Sir Edward – whom he described as ‘asexual’ – had a 24-hour police guard and driver from the day he became PM in 1970 to his death in 2005, and did not have his own car.
‘When he was at home he had two policemen on the gate, he had the personal protection officer from Scotland Yard in the house, he never drove a car himself, he always had an official driver,’ said Lord Armstrong. ‘It seems highly unlikely he could have escaped all that to do the kind of thing that is described.’
Sir Edward Heath again pictured driving, this time leaving leaves the conference for the sea breezes of Weymouth
Sir Edward bought the Rover after losing the chauffeur-driven car he was entitled to as Prime Minister, then Opposition leader.
A confidant of the former PM said: ‘He definitely could and did drive, though was a notoriously bad one. When he went to music concerts in Salzburg and hired a car, he was meant to drive it because his British police guards weren’t officially allowed to.
‘But they insisted as they were frightened he was going to crash.’
New BBC paedophile scandal as ‘hero’ ex-chauffeur is unmasked as convicted child rapist
17 JUL 2016
Niven James Sinclair was so influential he sat in on BBC meetings – but Dame Janet Smith’s abuse probe in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal failed to identify him
A pervert with three child sex convictions worked as a BBC chauffeur for almost 30 years.
Niven James Sinclair drove VIPs including former Prime Minister Ted Heath and was employed to run BBC transport as a third party contractor. His firm supplied up to 150 cars.
He was so influential he sat in on BBC meetings and was involved with shows including Newsnight and Panorama.
And astonishingly, Dame Janet Smith’s probe into paedophiles at the BBC in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal failed to identify him.
Sinclair only stopped working for the broadcaster in 2005, aged 82, when his firm was still supplying 92 vehicles.
A glowing 2005 profile on the BBC website, still online tonight, was headlined: “A driving
Feb 19 2017
So is Daily Mail’s “120%” an attempt to create an Exaroesque “credible & true” stick with which to beat investigation with later?
Please find at http://www.wiltshire.police.uk a statement from me following stories in the media today re the investigation into Sir Edward Heath
Top Tory slaps down police chief claims that Edward Heath was a Paedophile http://shr.gs/yjNKhKa Has Rifkind (Leon Brittan’s relation) read Wilts police statement?
Edward Heath Charitable Foundation supported by Keith Vaz
Heath aide suicide over paedo arrest
Secretary shot himself
15th August 2015
SIR Edward Heath’s ex-aide killed himself after being arrested by cops investigating child abuse claims.
Nick Edgar, 40, put a shotgun to his head two days after questioning over images on his computer.
The father of three worked as ex-PM Sir Edward’s secretary in the Nineties. He was held by child abuse investigation police in April, 2010.
Edgar was quizzed again four months later but then shot himself near his parents’ Cambridgeshire estate.
The former Oxford University Union president got the job with Sir Edward in 1992 and worked for him until late in the decade, spending months at the politician’s Wiltshire home.
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