Speaking from the backbenches, Tom Watson, the Deputy Chairman of the Labour Party, called for the police to re-open a closed case into paedophilia. Referring to the case of Mr Peter Righton, who was convicted in 1992, Watson expressed anxiety that there may have been an establishment cover up.
As the Independent
points out, Righton, a former consultant to the National Children's Bureau and a lecturer at the National Institute of Social Work, was convicted of importing obscene material and fined £900.
According to Watson's sources, the investigation at the time revealed a paedophile ring that extended to the heart of the government itself. Mr Watson's blog
Within the material seized at Righton’s home were letters from known and convicted paedophiles. The contact, who has seen the letters, claimed that one paedophile in particular was of great concern. He said that the paedophile, who worked with children, boasted of a key aide to a former PM who could help get hold of indecent images of children.
According to Mr Watson, the material provided clear evidence of a widespread, powerful paedophile ring, but the leads were not followed up.
Watson's blog post also hints at a connection with the current police investigations into the allegations that Jimmy Savile was a paedophile. This is supported by the Daily Mirror
, which claims that it has confirmation that the officers investigating the Savile allegations are also investigating a possible paedophile ring at the heart of government. According to the Mirror
, that investigation was launched a week ago.
reports, Prime Minister David Cameron told Mr Watson that he was not sure which former prime minister he was referring to, but assured him that the allegations would be looked into.