Scotland Yard has launched an investigation into historic claims of child abuse after an MP alleged a “senior aide of a former prime minister” had links to a member of a paedophile ring.
Police have launched a full investigation into allegations Conservative politicians were involved in a paedophile ring at a guest house in the 1980s.
Operation Fernbridge will look into historical child abuse claims at Elm Guest House in Barnes, southwest London.
It is alleged children who were living at Grafton Close children’s home in nearby Richmond were taken to the guest house and sexually abused by a number of “prominent people”, including Tory MPs. Met police confirmed no current occupants of Elm Guest House, which is now a private residence, are connected to the allegations.
This follows claims in October last year from Tom Watson MP, who said that a file of evidence used to convict a man, Peter Righton, of importing child pornography in 1992 contained “clear intelligence” of a sex abuse gang.
Speaking at Westminster, he alleged a member of the group had bragged about links with a senior aide to a former PM.
Raising the issue during Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Watson said: “The evidence file used to convict paedophile Peter Righton, if it still exists, contains clear intelligence of a widespread paedophile ring.
“One of its members boasts of his links to a senior aide of a former prime minister.
Elm Guest House – Records – allegedly include:
Carol Kazir – guest house owner
X A top person in charge of MI5.
Y MI5 officer
The documents allegedly identify:
Two former Conservative cabinet ministers.
7 Further MPs – 4 Other Tories 2 Labour 1 Liberal
Several figures with links to the right wing Conservative Monday Club
A leading figure in the National Front, now dead
A Sinn Fein member
2 Buckingham Palace Officials
2 Pop Stars
Anthony Blunt said to have used the name ‘Antony Goldstein’.
A series of reversed photographs which show someone holding hand written notes and photocopied images. More than 130 of these pictures have now been flipped and appear to reveal details of some of the rich and powerful men that were alleged to have frequented the Elm Guest House between 1979 and 1982.
The “accused list” and or “guests”
“The leads were not followed up, but if the file still exists. I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to parliament and Number 10.”