'My office didn't raise paedophile fears', says ex-Home Secretary Lord Brittan

The pressure is building on the Politicos now. This will get dirty.


Statement: Lord Brittan says the claims were not raised with him again after he handed over files 
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London Evening Standard
By Nicholas Cecil
2 July 2014

Former Home Secretary Lord Brittan said he asked officials to examine a dossier of claims about paedophiles allegedly operating within and around Westminster — but the issue was not raised with him again.

The ex-Tory Cabinet minister issued a statement after Labour MP Simon Danczuk urged him yesterday to “share his knowledge” about the file.

Mr Danczuk told the Commons Home Affairs Committee about his investigation into claims of abuse by ex-MP Cyril Smith and warned against the allegations being “swept under the carpet”.

Calling for a “Hillsborough-style” inquiry into the issue, the Rochdale MP said Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens “produced a dossier in the 1980s which he presented to the Home Secretary about the Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie), about paedophiles operating a network within and around Westminster”.

“The Home Secretary was Sir Leon Brittan and I think it would be helpful if he stepped forward and shared his thoughts on where that dossier is,” Mr Danczuk added.

Lord Brittan, who was Home Secretary from 1983 to 1985, responded today with a statement issued through his solicitors Mishcon de Reya.

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