Geoffrey Dickens: 1931- 1995 – Hero for childrens rights
Mr Dickens, SIR, you are a HERO!
Geoffrey Dickens MP was a remarkable man in many ways. He stumbled across evidence of an horrific child abuse scandal, linked to Parliament, Buckingham Palace and other areas of public life.
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 the Paedophile Information Exchange.
The MP handed a one-million strong petition against the paedophile information exchange to Home Secretary Mr Brittan.
The 50 pages of research of Dickens dossier contained information about suspected paedophile rings, police misconduct and multiple abuse of young boys in care homes
In 1984 he revealed he had called for Mr Leon Brittan, the then home secretary to investigate the allegations in his dossier. 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
Geoffrey Dickens personally delivered a separate file to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Thomas Hetherington, in August 1983. The file contained details of eight prominent public figures who were paedophiles that Dickens had separated out from the later dossiers.
Dickens stated: “I’ve got eight names of big people, really important names, public figures. And I am going to expose them in Parliament.”
The dossier’s may contain information about the notorious Elm guest house boy brothel in London which was reportedly used by a former Home Secretary and people who had worked for MI5, such as Sir Anthony Blunt.
He received threatening telephone calls followed by two burglaries at his London home. Then, more seriously, his name appeared on a multi-killer’s hit list, but he never gave up his fight to protect children
New information also shows that the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), a group Dickens tried to expose who wanted the age of consent lowered to four years old, were directly funded by the Home Office.
Legacy of a hero
Geoffrey Kenneth Dickens (26 August 1931 – 17 May 1995) was a British Conservative politician. He was MP for Huddersfield West from 1979 until the seat was abolished in 1983. He was then elected for Littleborough and Saddleworth and held the seat until his death in 1995.
Dickens was born in London and fostered until he was eight years old. He never had contact with his mother afterwards. He was educated at schools in Harrow and at Acton Technical College. He suffered polio when he was 13, for which he had to spend two years in hospital.
During his youth Dickens became a heavyweight boxer, sparring with Don Cockell and Henry Cooper. He had 60 bouts, of which he lost 20. He became a member of St Albans Rural Council from 1967-1974, and was its chairman in 1970-1971. He also was a member of Hertfordshire County Council in 1970-1975.
Dickens was awarded the Royal Humane Society‘s Testimonial on Vellum after he saved the lives of two boys and a man from drowning in the sea off Majorca.
Dickens fought unsuccessfully for Middlesbrough in February 1974 and for Ealing North in October 1974.
Member of Parliament
He won Huddersfield West in 1979 but this seat was abolished after boundary reviews. He was selected as the Conservative candidate for Littleborough and Saddleworth, which he won in 1983.
Between 1981–1985, Dickens campaigned against a suspected paedophile ring he claimed to have uncovered that was connected to trading child abuse images. In 1981, Dickens named the former British High Commissioner to Canada, Sir Peter Hayman, as a paedophile in the House of Commons, using parliamentary privilege so he could not get sued for libel. Dickens asked why he had not been jailed after the discovery on a bus of violent pornography. In May 1984, Hayman was jailed.
In 1983, 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 Commons. The next year, he campaigned for the banning of Hayman’s Paedophile Information Exchange organisation. Dickens had a thirty-minute audience with the then Home Secretary, Leon Brittan, after giving him a dossier containing the child abuse allegations. Although Dickens said he was “encouraged” by the meeting, he later expressed concern that the PIE had not been banned.
On 29 November 1985, Dickens said in a speech to the Commons that paedophiles were “evil and dangerous” and that child pornography generated “vast sums”. He further claimed that: “The noose around my neck grew tighter after I named a former high-flying British diplomat on the Floor of the House. Honourable Members will understand that where big money is involved and as important names came into my possession so the threats began. First, I received threatening telephone calls followed by two burglaries at my London home. Then, more seriously, my name appeared on a multi-killer’s hit list”.
In 2012, the police reopened their investigation into the allegations of child abuse at the Elm Guest House, of which Hayman was a visitor, along with Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith, the former Russian spy Sir Anthony Blunt, a Sinn Féin politician, a Labour MP, and several Conservative politicians. The Labour MP Tom Watson has asked the Home Office for Dickens’ dossier, however this has not yet been found.
Leon Brittan has no recollection of being given dossier – Is that because it names YOU?