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Inquiry call over child-sex dossier

Date published: 03 July 2014

A LABOUR MP has called for a dossier of child abuse allegations compiled by former Saddleworth MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1985 to be made public.

Current Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk is urging former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, now Lord Brittan, to reveal the names listed in the documents given to him by the Oldham MP.

Mr Danczuk - who helped to expose the late Liberal Democrat Cyril Smith as a child abuser - has called for a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the historical allegations.

He labelled politics “the last refuge of child-sex abuse deniers” and said an inquiry would help to identify perpetrators.

Mr Dickens, Conservative MP for the former Littleborough and Saddleworth constituency from 1983 until his death in 1995, campaigned against a suspected paedophile ring he claimed to have uncovered in the early 1980s.

In 1983, Mr Dickens claimed there was a paedophile network involving “big, big names — people in positions of power, influence and responsibility” and threatened to name them in the House of Commons. He presented his findings to Mr Brittan and later named a former high-flying British diplomat on the floor of the House. He claimed he had received threats after doing so.

In 2012 police reopened their investigation into the allegations. MPs are now calling for Mr Dickens’ original dossier to be made public.

Mr Danczuk added: “It would be welcome if Lord Brittan stepped forward and shared his knowledge of the allegations.”

Lord Brittan said the Dickens dossier had been passed to police and not retained. The Home Office said it has not been able to locate the documents. A review concluded the documents in question had been handled properly by Home Office staff.


What a tragedy Geoffrey Dickens died so young. He used to write regular articles in the Rochdale Observer with the late disgraced Cyril Smith. Now Dickens's. dossier appears lost it is sad that Geoffrey is not about because he could have revealed what the dossier contained and he may have had information on the murky past of Cyril Smith.

I've long been of the opinion that this vileness extends to the higher echelons of power and influence in this country. The revelations yet to come will overshadow even Savile's debauched activities.

I knew Geoffrey Dickens well-enough to be able to say that he would not have made unfounded allegations on this matter. I doubt that there was only one copy of the document so, maybe, his family should search his papers - & would does his former close party worker (Cllr. Hudson) remember?

The file on Cyril Smith which was handed to Special Branch was also 'lost'. What are the chances of that then? Must have fallen down the back of the sofa !
What's done is done, and it's difficult to imagine it's still going on now, but we do need to know how deep the rot went.

I must agree with shaun@ all these celebs being investigated and charged and the rest of their ilk saying they never knew. Or like one recently commented on the Rolf Harris case 'I'm very disappointed' Tick Tock.


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