Westminster sex scandal: ‘Shocking’ file about historic ‘unnatural sexual behaviour’ discovered in National Archives

Published January 21, 2015 by JS2

The document, previously classified and dating back nearly 25 years, was uncovered by university lecturer Dr Chris Murphy

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A ‘shocking’ file concerning past “unnatural sexual” behaviour at Westminster has been discovered among the National Archives.

The document, previously classified, was uncovered by university lecturer Dr Chris Murphy late last year in Kew, south west London.

SkySecret sex file found in Westminster
Shocking Discovery: A file about ‘unnatural sexual behaviour in Westminster’ has been uncovered

Dr Murphy told Sky News he was shocked to come across the document in November, entitled: “PREM19/588 – SECURITY.

“Allegations against former public [word missing] of unnatural sexual proclivities; security aspects 1980 Oct 27 – 1981 Mar 20.”

He told the broadcaster: “I think I did a double-take and then started wondering what the potential implications of the title, which is a little vague, could be.”

SkyDr Chris Murphy
Double Take: The document was unearthed by university lecturer Dr Chris Murphy

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: “In this case, the file was kept closed and retained as it contained information from the security services and advice from the Law Officers.

“These classifications are reviewed periodically.”

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Asked whether it would be released to the current institutional child sex abuse inquiry, the spokeswoman added: “We are clear that any files that are pertinent to the historical child sex abuse inquiry will be made available to the panel.”

Home Secretary Theresa May set up the inquiry to find out whether public bodies had neglected or covered up allegations of child sex abuse in the wake of claims paedophiles had operated in Westminster in the 1980s.

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Former Prime Minsiter Margaret Thatcher’s former press secretary, Sir Bernard Ingham, told Sky News he ‘could not recall the file’.

He confirmed that both he and Mrs Thatcher were aware of allegations against a Government minister in the early 1980s though.

Without naming the individual, Sir Bernard told the broadcaster: “I asked him about it and he denied it, so no, I didn’t do anything else. What was the alternative?”

  • By Aine Fox
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