The final years of Leon Brittan, the former Home Secretary, were spent fighting allegations that he failed to act over a dossier containing allegations of a VIP sex ring
Leon Brittan, the former Home Secretary, has repeatedly faced with allegations that he failed to act when he was handed dossier containing allegations of a VIP paedophile ring in the 1980s.
The dossier was submitted to the Home Office by Geoffrey Dickens, the late Tory MP, in 1983 but no record of any subsequent criminal inquiry has been found and the dossier itself has disappeared.
Lord Brittan, who was Home Secretary under the late Baroness Thatcher from 1983 to 1985, told journalists last year he had no recollection of it but last week said he had been handed a “substantial bundle of papers” by Mr Dickens.
The peer was also accused of “improper conduct with children” by a labour MP in the Commons in October last year, sparking a row over parliamentary privilege.
During a Commons debate on coalfield communities last night, Mr Hood said: “By the way, the current exposé of Sir Leon Brittan [sic], the then home secretary, with accusations of improper conduct with children will not come as a surprise to striking miners of 1984.”
Conor Burns, the Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, said: “He has just made very profound, serious accusations against a noble lord. Is that in order?” Lindsay Hoyle, the Deputy Speaker, said that he had not heard Mr Hood’s comments but added: “It’s up to each member to decide what they said and they must make that decision.”
However, Mr Hood continued: “The rumours that Sir Leon Brittan was involved with misconduct with children does not come as news to miners who were striking in 1984.
“When miners were going up into the dock in magistrates’ courts we were aware and miners were declaring … the point is miners were saying in the dock in magistrates’ courts throughout the strike that they objected to instructions coming from the home secretary when there was reports about child abuse being linked with that same home secretary.”
In July last year Lord Brittan denied being guilty of rape after being questioned by the police over an alleged sexual offence.
It was revealed at the weekend that Lord Brittan was this year questioned under caution over an allegation of rape dating back to 1967.
The alleged offence is said to have taken place at Lord Brittan’s London flat.
In a statement issued through his solicitors, the Conservative peer said: “It is true that I have been questioned by the police about a serious allegation made against me. This allegation is wholly without foundation.”