Elm guest house: Home Office was warned by top Tory 30 years ago of VIP paedophile ring
The 50 pages contained information about suspected paedophile rings, police misconduct and abuse of boys in a care home.
There are suggestions the dossier contained links to the notorious Elm guest house in south-west London which is currently the focus of the Met Police’s investigation Operation Fernbridge.
But the file has disappeared.
It was presented to the Home Office by Geoffrey Dickens MP in 1984.
Later he had a half-hour meeting with the then-Home Secretary Leon Brittan which Mr Dickens described as encouraging.
The MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth said he had been assured his allegations of a UK-wide paedophile ring would be fully investigated.
But there is no evidence Mr Dickens’ findings were ever followed up and the Home Office admits it has no idea where the file is now.
Our revelations support claims first made in the Commons last October by campaigning MP Tom Watson that evidence of a VIP paedophile ring with links to the heart of government was not followed up in the early 1980s.
Together they raise concerns that a cover-up – perhaps orchestrated by MI5 or Scotland Yard’s Special Branch – may have protected senior figures mentioned in the dossier.
Mr Watson has now tabled a Parliamentary question asking Home Secretary Theresa May to track down the Dickens dossier and make it available to MPs.
Mr Dickens, who died in 1995 aged 63, spent years collecting his evidence. The colourful MP was convinced he had solid proof of a VIP paedophile network with links to Parliament, Buckingham Palace and other areas of public life.
It is believed he handed at least two dossiers to the Government.
In 1981 he used Parliamentary privilege to name diplomat Sir Peter Hayman as a paedophile.
Three years earlier an envelope containing obscene literature and written material had been found on a London bus.
A police investigation found vile correspondence between Sir Peter and several other people.
But no prosecution was brought against the diplomat, who worked for MI6 and was High Commissioner to Canada.
The police uncovered Hayman’s links to the infamous Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).
The twisted pressure group lobbied for child-sex perverts to be given equal rights and for the age of consent to be lowered to four.
In 1983, Mr Dickens said there were “big, big names – people in positions of power, influence and responsibility” and threatened to expose them in Parliament if no action was taken against PIE.
The MP handed a one-million strong petition against the group to Home Secretary Mr Brittan.
In 1984 he revealed he had called for Mr Brittan to investigate the allegations in his dossier.
He added: “The dossier contained allegations of a child offence in a children’s home.”
Reports at the time said the file described a youth worker abusing boys in his care, and a TV boss allegedly abusing a child.
Now investigators are keen to see the dossier as the probe into the Elm guest house gathers pace.
Operation Fernbridge was set up to investigate claims the Elm – a gay brothel – was used by high-profile paedophiles to abuse boys in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Documents seen by police – and first revealed in a joint investigation between the Sunday People and Exaro website – show that guests at the Elm had connections with the royal household, politics and showbusiness.
Last week one victim told the Sunday People how as a 13-year-old he was taken from nearby Grafton Close care home to the Elm where he was plied with drink, dressed in a fairy costume and then abused by “posh men”.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are aware of media reports from the 1980s about papers collected by Geoffrey Dickens.
“Files from that time are no longer held centrally by the department, but work is underway to find out what relevant documents have been archived.”