MI5 warned Thatcher about Westminster pedophiles, no action taken


A former MI5 director warned Margret Thatcher’s administration that allegations concerning one MP who had a “penchant for small boys” could cause the government serious political embarrassment.

Investigators currently looking into the historic child sex abuse scandal found that nothing had been done about the potential threat to children, but rather the security service had warned the allegations could damage the reputation of Thatcher’s government.

Newly discovered files show former spy chief Sir Anthony Duff had written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Robert Armstrong in 1986 to warn him of claims made about the behavior of one MP.

The new documents were analyzed by the head of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Peter Wanless and Richard Whittam QC.

Other politicians whose names were mentioned in the review of new material include former Cabinet minister Leon Brittan, Thatcher’s aide Peter Morrison, ex-diplomat Sir Peter Hayman and former minister William van Straubenzee.

Wanless and Whittam said the documents showed that threats to children were not taken seriously.

There were a number of references across the papers we saw that reinforced the observation we made in our review that issues of crimes against children, particularly the rights of the complainant, were given considerably less serious consideration than would be expected today.

“To give one striking example, in response to claims from two sources that a named Member of Parliament ‘has a penchant for small boys’ matters conclude with acceptance of his word that he does not and the observation that ‘at the present stage … the risks of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger.’ The risk to children is not considered at all.”

The new group of papers, which name former establishment figures as well as references to the Kincora children’s home in Northern Ireland where boys were abused, were “found in a separate Cabinet Office store of assorted and unstructured papers.”

Wanless and Whittam’s inquiry noted last year that they hadn’t unearthed evidence that any records had been deliberately destroyed and added they had “found nothing to cause us to alter the conclusions drawn or recommendations made in our review.”

But they also said the discovery of new papers would not be “helpful” in recovering public trust in the inquiry, which was completed last year.

An NSPCC spokesman said: “This is a clear illustration, as the original review revealed, of the misplaced priorities of those operating at [the] highest levels of government, where people simply weren’t thinking about crimes against children and the consequences of those crimes in the way that we would expect them to. It reiterates the need for an inquiry that will explore this in depth.”


7 Responses to “MI5 warned Thatcher about Westminster pedophiles, no action taken”

  1. NPP says:

    Putting this here as anywhere. You can’t make it up…
    Last year Lord Hanningfield was banned from the parliamentary estate… for a year.
    “Suspension until the end of this Parliament is the maximum sanction available to the House,” the Chairman of the Privileges and Conduct Committee, Lord Sewell, told peers….

    Now, that same Chairman of the Privileges and Conduct Committee:
    Lord Sewel ‘filmed snorting cocaine with two prostitutes’:

    I don’t care what you do, so long as you pay for it yourself, but it is always one rule for them and another rule for us, until they get found out.

  2. Lynn says:

    Thatcher knew very well, this is how the Establishment works….all has become common knowledge now. This has been going on far too long and the people at the top are all complicit in the criminal activity. You have to be one or you dont get near power.

  3. pauline says:

    Bill malony says millions of pounds of we tax payers is being used to refurbish both the houses of parliament and buckingham palace to destroy any evidence of child abuse evidence ,whilst cam moron is telling us we have to put up with austerity cuts,so to destroy evidence of paedophile filth by the rich and evil who rule over us with an iron fist,we must all suffer endless cuts,the rich get richer whilst the poor downtrodden public get poorer and suffer daily ,so the rich can bugger poor little innocent children at our expense

    • ian says:

      It would almost make you laugh if you weren’t already crying. I have a feeling though that it will soon be illegal to make these statements. Always remember, the law is only there to protect them from us, and it’s a one way system.

      • Men Scryfa says:

        Yes good comment Ian. I am counting down the days. Looking forward to getting my evenings back tbh. Sitting down reading a few novels or the Good Book. Maybe even having friends round or talking to the missus. Perhaps I might occasionally pop out to the pub or take her for a nice meal. You know normal stuff like that if and when you are not tied to the bloody computer hitting the blogs and mining for information.

        Perhaps it will be quite calm and nice a bit like being in ‘A Brave New World’ or ‘Brasil’ or something like that.

        Well at least until the underground presses come out again and the leafleting at night restarts. Hiding from the thought police in the daytime. UK in the new EUSSR…

  4. Lynn says:

    The evidence is all documented and in the AM. They will never get rid of it. It is humongus now and you would have to be living in a cave to not know, these cretins never learn that evidence and truth doesnt burn.

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