Tory Geoffrey Dickens was so afraid for his life that he hid copies of his damning files in a “safe place”
An MP feared he was on a ‘hit list’ after drawing up a dossier that threatened to expose a suspected Westminster paedophile ring, a close friend has claimed
Tory Geoffrey Dickens was so afraid he hid copies of his damning files – naming eight public figures suspected of child abuse – in a “safe place”.
The MP also told Geoff Hope he had a secret alliance with former Labour minister Barbara Castle, who had her own dossier naming 16 MPs and Lords.
Both politicians’ claims are at the heart of a public inquiry and police investigation into allegations of child sex abuse at Westminster in 70s and 80s.
The late Mr Dickens handed the then Home Secretary Leon Brittan his dossier in 1983. It has since gone missing.
Mr Hope, 83, has decided to speak out after being disgusted by theWanless Report, a Home Office inquiry that has failed to locate the documents.
He said: “Geoffrey feared repercussions for his family and friends. He said he had names that would ‘blow the roof off Westminster’.”
Mr Hope ran a service station near Mr Dickens’ constituency home and was a family friend. He said the MP came in with his dossier in the 80s.
“He used to pop in on Saturdays for a chat,” said Mr Hope. “This time he had a document case. I jokingly asked if it was full of money but he said it was his research into paedophiles.
“He said MPs, people in the church, and in other high places were involved.
“He told me he was worried for his own welfare and would be worried for my safety if he showed me the contents.
“I said he could use my photocopier to make a copy to keep safe, but he said he’d already done it. I told him to go to Scotland Yard but he thought the Met and Special Branch had been infiltrated by them.”
Mr Hope said the MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth in Greater Manchester told him he believed he was on a “hit list”.
Mr Dickens, who died of cancer in 1995, campaigned for more than a decade to expose the alleged ring and its links to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) which wanted a Bill to legalise sex with children.
By Don Hale