After Tom Watson’s bombshell question on a paedophile ring allegedly linked to Number 10 at PMQs today (full text), speculation is rife that the intervention may have been prompted by claims published in a Sunday newspaper regarding Sir Peter Morrison.
Morrison was one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest allies, being one of the first backbench MPs to back her for the leadership in 1975, serving as a minister, deputy party chairman and heading her campaign team in the 1990 Conservative leadership contest.
Morrison, who died aged 51 in 1995, was described in Edwina Currie’s autobiography as:
“‘a noted pederast’, with a liking for young boys”
Apparently Morrison’s “liking for young boys” was common knowledge. Currie expresses her worry saying “all the press know” and when Morrison became deputy chairman of the party he even referenced the fact people knew, joking: “I’m very discreet“.
It is alleged that Morrison had sex with boys aged 16, and although the age of consent has lowered from 21 to 16, Currie reaffirms
“Was he doing anything illegal? Almost certainly.”
According to an article by Guardian investigative hack Nick Davies in 1998, a Sunday Mirror crime reporter received two tip-offs from police officers who said Morrison had been cautioned for cottaging with underaged boys in public toilets. At the time, Morrison blocked publication of the story through libel laws.
In a blog post this afternoon, Tom Watson has confirmed that the person he was referring to in PMQs was not Sir Peter Morrison, but says he is not going to name the person for “obvious reasons“.
Thatcher also chose alleged paeodophile Jimmy Savile to be her personal guest at the Chequers Christmas celebrations for 11 years runnig.