PM to investigate allegations of Downing St paedophile ring

Tom Watson MP demands police investigate claims. Do they refer to Mrs Thatcher's one-time PPS?

LAST UPDATED AT 14:57 ON Wed 24 Oct 2012

A LABOUR MP has asked David Cameron to ensure that the police investigate evidence of a "powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10".

Tom Watson, the Birmingham MP who led the campaign for an inquiry into phone hacking, told Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions today:  "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.

"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."

Cameron, who had earlier told the Commons that the BBC has "serious questions to answer" over allegations that Jimmy Savile abused children, told Watson he would look into the claims, The Independent reports.

"You raise a very difficult and complex case," said Cameron, "and I'm not sure which former prime minister he is referring to, but what I would like to do is to look very carefully in Hansard to the allegations you have made, the case that you have raised and look very carefully - and to see what the Government can do to give you the assurances you seek."

Righton was convicted in 1992. The Guardian, and The Times's David Aaronovitch, suggest that the case Watson was referring to was the subject of an article in The Sunday Times at the weekend.

The article contained a claim by former Conservative minister Edwina Currie that a fellow Tory MP, Sir Peter Morrison, had sex with 16-year-old boys when the age of consent was 21. Morrison was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the party. He died in 1995 at the age of 51.

Currie said: "Was he doing anything illegal? Almost certainly. Would it be illegal today? Hard to tell now the age of consent is down to 16."

She noted that she had first raised the allegation in an autobiography in 2002. An extract from that book reads: "One appointment in the recent reshuffle has attracted a lot of gossip and could be very dangerous: Peter Morrison has become the PM's PPS.

"Now he's what they call 'a noted pederast', with a liking for young boys; he admitted as much... when he became deputy chairman of the party but added, 'However, I'm very discreet' — and he must be!

"She [Thatcher] either knows and is taking a chance, or doesn't; either way, it's a really dumb move.

"It scares me, as all the press know, and as we get closer to the election someone is going to make trouble very close to her indeed." · 

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Patrick Righton not David Righton.

Why isn`t this headline news ?

Wonder if Gordon Brown will be implicated in any of this

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