Brittan ‘a regular at paedophile parties’: Ex- Home Secretary named as abuser by alleged victim on Australian TV show
- An alleged victim known as Darren, said Brittan was a regular at the parties
- Victim claims Brittan ‘liked boys to dress in women’s underwear’
- Two other alleged victims also made wide-ranging allegations, including that children were farmed out to abusers like ‘sex toys’
The Westminster paedophile scandal deepened last night with disturbing new allegations against former Home Secretary Leon Brittan.
The Tory grandee was named as an abuser by an alleged abuse victim during an appearance on Australian TV show 60 minutes.
The man claimed that, like the late Liberal MP and prolific paedophile Cyril Smith, Lord Brittan was a regular visitor to paedophile parties at Dolphin Square in Pimlico, Central London.
The alleged victim, referred to only as Darren, said: ‘He (Lord Brittan) liked boys to dress in women’s underwear and he liked to be alone in the room to punish you for wearing underwear.’
According to the alleged victim, known as Darren, Brittan ‘liked boys to dress in women’s underwear’
Two other alleged victims also made wide-ranging allegations, including that children were farmed out to abusers like ‘sex toys’.
They repeated claims that serving MPs, peers, spies and even police officers are linked to what has become known as the VIP paedophile ring.
One man, Richard Kerr, said he was trafficked from a Belfast children’s home by a well-organised criminal group.
He said he was forced to have sex with high-ranking politicians, adding: ‘There are some very old Lords who are still there [Westminster].’
Mr Kerr said: ‘I felt afraid to say “no”. As long as I performed well, they said they would take care of me.
‘In London the first place I was taken was Dolphin Square. I was taken in here, told to sit on the bed and take my clothes off. It still hurts, I’ve never forgotten it.’
He added: ‘I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m lucky enough to have survived. Some of the others didn’t.’
Another alleged victim, known as Esther, identified two politicians who were among her abusers in the 1980s.
Tory MP Zac Goldsmith insisted that the allegations were being taken seriously and said there is ‘very compelling evidence that senior people engaged in terrible acts’
She claimed the first was a Lord who abused her for up to six years and the second a senior MP who remains in Parliament.
Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, whose Richmond constituency includes a guest house where abuse took place, said the allegations were being taken seriously.
‘I think that’s right,’ he said. ‘I think there is very compelling evidence that very senior people engaged in terrible acts, protected by the Establishment, and I have no doubts about that but the genie is out of the bottle.’
Leon Brittan was under Met probe over claims of child sex abuse
Former home secretary was subject to major investigation by police at time of his death
By Mark Conrad | 24 January 2015
Scotland Yard was investigating former home secretary Lord Brittan over multiple allegations of sexually abusing boys, Exaro can reveal.
At the time of his death last week aged 75, Brittan was under investigation over historical claims that he sexually abused boys at Dolphin Square, the apartment complex popular with MPs, and other locations.
Until now, Exaro has been unable to name Brittan for legal reasons, mainly the damage to an active police investigation. But the position has changed with Brittan’s death.
Exaro can reveal the key allegations against Brittan that were subject to investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service when he died:
- that he was a member of the ‘Westminster paedophile network’;
- that two unidentified men, who were part of the network, murdered a boy in front of him in a physical beating following sexual abuse in around 1981 or 1982;
- that he sexually abused boys at the Carlton Club in St James’s in London, as well as Dolphin Square and elsewhere.
The abuse survivor known as “Nick” made these allegations initially to Exaro. The detective in charge of the Met paedophile unit’s wide-ranging investigation into politicians asked Exaro to put him in contact with Nick.
Exaro passed on the request, and Nick decided to arrange a meeting with the officer, insisting that our reporter also attended. This led to ‘Operation Midland’, which is investigating allegations against several prominent people of child sex abuse.
The operation is also investigating Nick’s claim that he witnessed members of the paedophile network murder three boys.
At his first meeting with detectives, Nick handed to them a list of 12 VIPs who, he says, sexually abused him. Brittan was named on the list.
Nick picked out Brittan from a large number of pictures shown to him by Exaro, identifying him as one of the men who sexually abused him.
The Met has taken a statement from our reporter on how the picture test was done.
Nick alleged that the ex-minister repeatedly raped him on “more than a dozen” occasions from the age of 11 and other boys, who were between 10 and 14, at “abuse parties” at Dolphin Square and elsewhere.
Asked before the police took up the case how he knew Brittan was one of his abusers, Nick said: “Well, he told me. Not his full name. He told me that it was Leon. And it was only later in my adult life that I then knew who it was.”
Despite the astonishing nature of Nick’s claims about the three murders, police held a briefing for journalists last month to confirm that they believed him.
Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, who is leading the Met investigation, said: “Nick has been spoken to by experienced officers from child-abuse teams and experienced officers from murder investigations. They and I believe what Nick is saying to be credible and true.”
Two other witnesses, including one abuse survivor known as “Darren”, also told Exaro and police that Brittan sexually abused them and other boys in Dolphin Square.
Exaro can also reveal that, before Nick came forward, the Met was already investigating, under ‘Operation Fernbridge’, allegations of child sex abuse against Brittan, including claims that he had frequented Elm Guest House, the notorious paedophile brothel in south-west London, to sexually abuse boys.
In addition, the Met has been investigating Brittan over a claim that in 1967, before becoming an MP, he raped a female student known as “Jane”, then aged 19.
Police interviewed Brittan under caution over Jane’s claim. At the interview, he shuffled around in a pair of slippers.
But Brittan was notably sharper on his feet when he was caught in the media glare short afterwards as he attempted to explain what he did with a dossier on VIP paedophiles that was handed to him as home secretary in 1984 by the late Conservative MP, Geoffrey Dickens.
In addition, a Customs officer seized a video that showed child sex abuse in the presence of Brittan. The video was being smuggled into the UK through Dover in 1982.
It is unknown what Brittan was doing on the video. However, no further action was taken.
Detectives seized a separate video that places Brittan at an “abuse party”. Meanwhile, police face calls to continue their investigations into Brittan. If you have information that might help our investigation, please contact us. We hope that this article will encourage more people to come forward with information about Leon Brittan. Keep re-visiting Exaro for more on this investigation.
Leon Brittan abused me and other children at Westminster VIP paedophile parties: What child-sex victim told police
The former Home Secretary who died last week was at the centre of allegations involving an establishment paedophile ring operating in Westminster
An alleged victim of a Westminster paedophile ring claimed to police that Leon Brittan abused him more than a dozen times.
The witness known as Nick said he also saw most of his friends molested by the former Home Secretary who died on Wednesday aged 75.
Making the bombshell claims, Nick first spoke to investigative website Exaro last year and identified Mr Brittan as being present at VIP abuse parties.
Asked how he knew who he was, Nick told the website: “Well, he told me. Not his full name. He told me that it was Leon. And it was only later in my adult life that I then knew who it was.”
Friends and colleagues of Mr Brittan, including former Cabinet Ministers Michael Howard, John Gummer and David Mellor, last week defended his legacy and poured scorn on the allegations.
Mr Howard said: “I think it is a tragedy that his last days were dogged by these quite unsubstantiated allegations.”
Mr Gummer, now Lord Deben, branded unsubstantiated claims as “wicked” while Mr Mellor said: “I am especially sad he died after he was subjected to unwarranted criticism and innuendo.”
Mr Brittan himself had always strenuously denied any allegation of sexual wrongdoing.
But a major police investigation into paedophile rings at the highest level of the Establishment – which includes testimony against Mr Brittan – continues and witness Nick stands by his account.
Police are also examining claims based on Nick’s evidence that Mr Brittan was present when two unidentified men, who were part of the network, murdered a boy in a physical beating following sexual abuse around 1981 or 1982.
And they have received further allegations he sexually abused boys at the Carlton Club in the St James’s area of London, as well as Dolphin Square and elsewhere.
The Sunday People has published a number of stories in the past 12 months into the allegations made about Mr Brittan.
The paper decided not to name him because of on-going police investigations into the claims.
Campaigning MP Tom Watson has worked closely with survivors since he first raised the issue of a VIP paedophile network with links to Downing Street in 2012.
He said: “Many have urged me over the past two years to reveal allegations against Brittan using parliamentary privilege.
“This allows MPs to say things that are not subject to libel laws. Some will ask why I’ve waited until his death to speak out. The reason is simple. I didn’t want to prejudice any jury trial he might have had to face.”
Nick says he is devastated after learning of the death of the former Cabinet Minister and fears it may now be too late to get justice.
After handing a list of prominent people who allegedly abused him, including Mr Brittan, to police he is worried that the death will bring investigations to a halt.
During an interview with reporters last year, Nick described the abuse he allegedly suffered by Mr Brittan during VIP sex parties in London.
Nick said the top politician treated boys with “complete contempt”, sexually abusing him “probably every time I was there”.
He added: “He would treat me like I was not even human.”
Asked how he would describe Mr Brittan, he said simply: “Nasty, cruel, sadistic and hateful.”
Although he has declined to comment publicly after an agreement with Scotland Yard detectives, Nick said he was devastated by the death of the man he claims raped him repeatedly at Dolphin Square and feared for the future of the investigation.
He urged police to continue.
A source close to the Metropolitan Police team confirmed they were preparing to revisit an alleged female victim – “Jane” – who claims Mr Brittan raped her while she was a student.
The Met said in a statement on Friday: “A further review of case remains ongoing.”
Jane alleges she was raped by Mr Brittan in 1967 before he became an MP and when she was a student in London aged 19.
The Sunday People revealed Jane’s allegations of how, on a blind date, he tricked her into his flat, locked her in, then raped her .
Following Exaro’s report, Mr Watson wrote a strongly worded letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, asking her to review the case.
Ms Saunders put pressure on the Met to interview Mr Brittan about the allegations, in line with police guidelines.
Mr Brittan denied to police that he even knew of the complainant, and entirely rejected the rape allegation.
After learning of his death, Jane said: “We cannot be left high and dry. People need to know the truth about Leon Brittan.
“It was particularly difficult to hear ex-politicians coming forward with flowery tributes at a time when he was still under investigation for rape.
“I am sure it is also difficult for all of his alleged victims to hear senior figures refer to these allegations as mere ‘conspiracy theories’.”
Michael, Jane’s partner, added: “It is despairing for his alleged victims to hear lavish tributes.”
Campaigning journalist Don Hale said former Labour cabinet Minister Barbara Castle told him that Mr Brittan was “a man she could not trust”.
She said he was “a powerful man with many secrets” and claimed colleagues “dare not get the wrong side of him”.
And she was highly critical of Mr Brittan’s handling of a dossier said to have contained the names of VIP paedophiles which Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens handed to him in 1983.
Mr Brittan confirmed last year he had received the dossier and it had been handed on to police. But a search of Home Office files could find no trace of it.
Mrs Castle’s own files on the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange, which was urging ministers to legalise sex with children, were seized by Special Branch officers who raided Mr Hale’s weekly newspaper office in Bury, Lancs, in 1984.
Mr Hale claims Mrs Castle had warned him that Mr Brittan used Special Branch as his own outfit.
Now campaigners are desperate for the dead politician’s own files to be preserved for investigators.
Alison Millar of law firm Leigh Day, representing abuse victims, said: “It is absolutely vital that fresh efforts are now put into preserving his documents and files to enable the inquiry to learn more about what he knew about abuse among Establishment figures during his time in Government.”
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We do not comment on ongoing enquiries.”
The Sunday People did not take the decision lightly to name Leon Brittan as an alleged member of a Westminster paedophile ring.
We know we may be accused by his friends of spitting on his grave. We know we may be accused by his family of causing them more pain.
And we know we may be accused by the Establishment of shredding the reputation of a distinguished public servant who can no longer defend himself.
But to do otherwise would be to abdicate our duty towards the victims of historical sex abuse.
This newspaper has spent months investigating allegations against Lord Brittan. They are many, varied and credible.
We did not name him because police were also carrying out investigations. They believe the allegations to be credible too.
Lord Brittan may have appeared before a jury. So our concern was prejudicing a criminal trial.
Not our fate in a libel trial.
His death means survivors of abuse have been denied a shot at the justice they believe they deserve.
Whatever the truth, we are in no doubt that there was a disgraceful Establishment cover-up to protect high-profile paedophiles.
Had that not taken place, this shameful episode would have been resolved long ago.
That is what Theresa May’s historical sex abuse inquiry was designed to unveil.
Yet 203 days after she announced it there is still no progress. And Lord Brittan cannot now be a witness.
That is not good enough. It is not good enough for the survivors. It is not good enough for the country.
It is manifestly in the public interest for the allegations against Lord Brittan to be publicly tested.
It is a matter of common decency and humanity to ensure survivors get the closure that is their due.
Whatever the truth about Lord Brittan, it cannot be allowed to die with him.
Leon Brittan buried in unmarked grave in ‘very private funeral’
Fears of vandalism following revelations of Met paedophile unit’s probe into ex-minister
I need the permission of his family to take anyone down to the grave
Staff member, Golders Green Cemetery
Former home secretary Lord Brittan has been buried in an unmarked grave because of fears of vandalism.
Exaro can reveal that a funeral service was held, amid strict secrecy, for family members at Golders Green Jewish Cemetery a week after Brittan’s death.
A family friend and two other sources told Exaro of the “very private funeral” that took place in the early afternoon of Wednesday, January 28.
Gravediggers at the cemetery in north-west London have been briefed about the sensitivity surrounding Brittan’s unmarked burial site, and told to say that they know nothing about it.
As Exaro revealed a fortnight ago, the Metropolitan Police Service was investigating Leon Brittan at the time of his death over multiple allegations of sexually abusing boys.
These include historical claims that he repeatedly raped boys at Dolphin Square in Pimlico near Westminster, the apartment complex popular with MPs, at the Carlton Club in St James’s in central London and other locations. Two unidentified men allegedly murdered a boy in front of Brittan in a physical beating following sexual abuse in around 1981 or 1982.
The family is worried that Brittan’s grave will be vandalised by people angry about the evidence against him of repeated sexual abuse from those he allegedly attacked.
As home secretary from 1983 to 1985 in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government, Brittan was responsible for the police, Special Branch, and the Security Service, MI5.
As is traditional for Jewish burials, Brittan’s grave is not even marked by flowers. The cemetery waits nine to 11 months before laying a gravestone, usually leaving a white plate in the meantime with the person’s name.
Brittan’s widow, Diana, has asked staff at the cemetery only to take visitors to see the grave with the family’s permission.
One staff member said: “It is an unmarked grave. I need the permission of his family to take anyone down to the grave. We have to respect the family’s wishes.”
Brittan was buried in the west side of Golders Green Cemetery. It is also known as Hoop Lane Cemetery, and the Golders Green Crematorium is on the opposite side of the road.
According to Brittan’s death certificate, he died on Thursday, January 22, aged 75, at his home in Pimlico, central London.
The death certificate was issued just under a week later, on the day of the funeral. It shows that Brittan died of natural causes, from cancer of the bladder and in the blood, and a form of pneumonia.
There will be no inquest.
The cause of death is given in the certificate as “bronchopneumonia”, “haematological neoplasia” and “transitional carcinoma of the bladder”. It was certified by a private GP.
On the day of his death, the Brittan family said in a statement: “Leon passed away last night at his home in London after a long battle with cancer.”
“There will be a private funeral service for family only, and a memorial service to be announced.”
The prime minister led the tributes to Brittan, describing him in a statement as a “dedicated and fiercely intelligent public servant”.
David Cameron said: “As a central figure in Margaret Thatcher’s government, he helped her transform our country for the better by giving distinguished service as chief secretary to the Treasury, home secretary, and secretary of state for trade and industry.
“He went on to play a leading role at the European Commission where he did so much to promote free trade in Europe and across the world. More recently, he made an active contribution to the House of Lords. My thoughts are with Leon’s family and friends at this sad time for them.”
Brittan was Cameron’s trade advisor from 2010 to 2011.
Those who allege that Brittan raped them were upset by the tributes.
Since the disclosure of the Met investigation into Brittan, there has been silence from Conservative MPs.
No memorial service for Brittan has been announced.
If you have information that might help our investigation, please contact us. We hope that this article will encourage more people to come forward with information about Leon Brittan. Keep re-visiting Exaro for more on this investigation.
Richard Kerr names powerful men who ‘covered up’ Kincora
Shadowy figures linked to intelligence, politics and royalty identified in intense interview
By Mark Watts | 18 July 2015
Former Kincora boy Richard Kerr has finally identified several establishment figures as people who helped to cover up a paedophile network of VIPs.
He picked out from photographs a series of men connected with intelligence, military, and politics – and even the royal family. Some he identified as paedophiles themselves.
Exaro has been able to test the plausibility of Kerr’s explosive claims with a credible former intelligence officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, and other sources.
Among those who were part of the cover-up of a paedophile network linked to Kincora boys’ home in Belfast, Northern Ireland, according to Kerr, were:
- Lord Mountbatten, a cousin of the Queen, great-uncle to Prince Charles, chief of the defence staff from 1959 to 1965, murdered by the IRA in 1979;
- Sir Maurice Oldfield, director of the Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6;
- Sir Anthony Blunt, master of the Queen’s pictures, former officer in the Security Service, or MI5, who became a Russian spy;
- Sir Knox Cunningham, Unionist/Ulster Unionist MP, parliamentary private secretary to Harold Macmillan as prime minister, and member of the Conservative party’s national executive committee 1959-66.
Kerr, who has been speaking to Exaro since August 2013, said previously that he was too scared to name names. Asked for his reaction to people who disbelieve his claims, Kerr said: “I am not here to try to prove it to them. I am here to tell what happened to me, and I know what happened to me, and I know what happened to those other boys.”
Kerr has given a revealing interview to a current-affairs programme in Australia, 60 Minutes. Exaro helped 60 Minutes to make the half-hour film on the ‘Westminster paedophile network’.
The programme is expected to show on Sunday night (local time) some of the dramatic sequences where Kerr identifies powerful men as part of the Kincora cover-up.
During the interview with the programme’s Ross Coulthart, Kerr also picks out other powerful people as members of the paedophile network who sexually abused him while he was a Kincora boy:
- Sir Peter Hayman, deputy director of MI6, previously the UK’s high commissioner to Canada;
- Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, Conservative MP, solicitor general in Scotland;
- Sir Cyril Smith, Liberal MP, who, says Kerr, assaulted him in Manchester.
All the men named are dead, but Kerr remained fearful about identifying them. Kerr agreed to identify the men on camera, but was unwilling to say any more about some of them.
An intelligence source told Exaro that Mountbatten mixed with paedophiles who went to parties in the Republic of Ireland.
Mountbatten is also understood to have visited Kincora, although why remains unclear.
Kerr tells 60 Minutes that he walked in on a meeting at Kincora between Oldfield and Joseph Mains, the warden at the children’s home. He says that Mains immediately and forcefully ordered him out of the room.
Mains was subsequently, in 1981, jailed for six years for sexual offences against boys.
Kerr did not know at the time who Oldfield was, he says, and does not suggest that he abused Kincora boys.
Kerr says that he recognised Blunt from his time at Kincora as one of a group of three men. The other two men sexually abused him as a boy, he says, although Blunt did not.
The intelligence source told Exaro that Blunt frequented Northern Ireland’s gay scene, while enjoying immunity from prosecution for spying for Russia.
In 2012, Exaro named Blunt as having gone to Elm Guest House, the notorious paedophile brothel in south-west London.
Kerr identified Cunningham from the pictures, but says that his lawyer had advised him not to speak about certain people.
According to the intelligence source, Cunningham helped to fund Tara, a paramilitary-style group of Protestants.
Its leader, William McGrath, a house master at Kincora and allegedly an MI5 agent, was jailed for four years for sexually assaulting boys at the children’s home.
Meanwhile, next week sees the start of a trial at the Old Bailey of an actor, Ben Fellows, who is accused of falsely alleging sexual assault by Kenneth Clarke, Conservative MP and former cabinet minister.
Arrivals at the new GCHQ established the lodge
Harding ran the Mechanical Music Museum 10 miles away in Northleach after moving from London in 1987.
In 2013, he organised a trip to the museum for Freemasons and their families.
A photograph shows Harding wearing a Masonic apron, collar and medals during a ceremony a couple of years ago.
The Mercurius Lodge last night declined to comment.
Detectives probing historical sexual abuse allegations revealed on Wednesday they are investigating 1,433 suspects, including 135 from the entertainment industry, 76 politicians, seven sportsmen and 43 from the music industry.
The former civil servant has told detectives investigating the activities of paedophiles in national politics that the Metropolitan Police’s Special Branch was orchestrating the child-sex lobbying group in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The whistleblower, who has spoken exclusively to the Sunday Express, says he was also warned off asking why such a notorious group was being handed government money.
It emerged late last year that PIE was twice gave amounts of £35,000 in Home Office funding between 1977 and 1980, the £70,000 total equivalent to over £400,000 in today’s money.
Those details surfaced only after the whistleblower highlighted his concerns to campaigning Labour MP Tom Watson and his revelations have triggered an ongoing Home Office inquiry into why the cash was given to PIE which was abolished in 1985 after a number of prosecutions.
Until now, speculation about the grant has centred on Clifford Hindley, the late Home Office manager who approved the payments. However, the whistleblower told the Sunday Express he thought higher and more sinister powers were at play.
He has given a formal statement to that effect to detectives from Operation Fernbridge, which is looking into allegations of historic sex abuse at the Elm Guest House in south-west London.
At that time, questioning anything to do with Special Branch, especially within the Home Office, was a ‘no-no’.
PIE, now considered one of the most notorious groups of the era, had gained respectability in political circles. Its members are said to have included establishment figures, and disgraced Liberal MP Cyril Smith was a friend of founder member Peter Righton.
In 1981, Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens used Parliamentary privilege to name Sir Peter Hayman, the deputy director of MI6, as a member of PIE and an active paedophile. In 1983 Mr Dickens gave the Home Office a dossier of what he claimed was evidence of a paedophile network of “big, big names, people in positions of power, influence and responsibility”. The Home Office says the dossier no longer exists.
Whistleblower Mr X, whose identity we have agreed to protect, became a very senior figure in local government before retiring a few years ago. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was a full-time consultant in the Home Office’s Voluntary Services Unit run by Clifford Hindley.
In 1979 Mr X was asked to examine a funding renewal application for PIE, but he became concerned because the organisation’s goal of seeking to abolish the age of consent “conflicted” with the child protection policies of the Department of Health and Social Security and asked for a meeting with Mr Hindley, his immediate boss.
Mr X recalled: “I raised my concerns, but he told me that I was to drop them. Hindley gave three reasons for this. He said PIE was an organisation with cachet and that its work in this field was respected.
“He said this was a renewal of an existing grant and that under normal Home Office practice a consultant such as myself would not be involved in the decision-making process.
“And he said PIE was being funded at the request of Special Branch which found it politically useful to identify people who were paedophiles. This led me not to pursue my objections. At that time, questioning anything to do with Special Branch, especially within the Home Office, was a ‘no-no’.
“I was under the clear belief that I was being instructed to back off and that his reference to Special Branch was expected to make me to do so.
“Hindley didn’t give me an explicit explanation of what Special Branch would do with information it gleaned from funding PIE, but I formed the belief that it was part of an undercover operation or activity. I was aware a lot of people in the civil service or political arena had an interest in obtaining information like that which could be used as a sort of blackmail.”
He said he asked for a file the Home Office kept on PIE, but his request was refused. However, he was certain then Tory Home Office Minister Tim Raison, who died in 2011, must have signed the 1980 funding application.
Mr X has given a formal written statement to the inquiry set up last year into former Home Office links with PIE but has refused to meet the inquiry in person because he fears “repercussions” under the Official Secrets Act.
Yesterday Tom Watson said: “The whole sorry business makes it absolutely imperative the Home Secretary bows to the will of the 114 MPs demanding a full, fearless public investigation into child sexual abuse.”
Special Branch was an integral part of the intelligence service gathering intelligence on spies and political threats to the state. In 2005 it merged with the anti-terrorism branch to form a Counter Terrorism Command.