Month: March 2015

What went on in Rottingdean, East Sussex?

What was happening in Rottingdean?

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In the small village of Rottingdean on the East Sussex coast where Lord Robert Boothby grew up (p.50) attending St Aubyns Prep school until 1913/14, aged 13, and to where he sometimes returned, the author of The Dust has Never Settled*, Robin Bryans became a regular visitor during the 1950s to visit Peter Harris, resident at St Dunstan’s, Ovingdean’s  famous residential home for blind veterans. During the war the young Peter Harris was both blinded and completely paralysed and Bryans often used to take him for walks across the downs, describing to him the scenery as they went. Slightly down the coast, Tom Driberg had attended Lancing College where he fell under the spell of Adam Fox and his pagan verses in the hymn book, who later becomes Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey [p.124]

 *All page references/extracts from The Dust has Never Settled unless stated otherwise

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St Wulfran’s Church, Ovingdean

Aged 16, Robin Bryans first went to St Wulfran’s in 1944 with Father Charlton, prebendary of Chichester Cathedral and Tom Driberg MP, then an Independent MP for Malden, Essex (later Labour MP for Barking 1959-1974 )

“Hidden in its fold of Sussex downland, St Wulfran’s inevitably attracted black magic adherents who believed that the ancient church was built on an even more ancient site of a pagan temple. At first my visit to the church with Tom Driberg and Father Charlton in 1944, I could not possibly have foreseen the reaction of Brighton Corporation to Louis Wilkinson’s reading of the Hymn of Pan at Bear Road crematoriam over the hill or that in 1980 a High Court jury would hear me described not even by Crowley’s title of the Great Beast but as The Devil himself!” [p.119-120]

Rev Thomas Frederick Charlton was not only a prebendary of Chichester Cathedral he was also a favourite of Tom Driberg’s mother and the subject of much envy for Tom, “she liked him and so did I, rather enviously: he had two virile, blond, adolescent boys living with him.’

It was Father Charlton’s idea to engage an actress friend of Enid Bagnold’s to have sex with the paralysed and blind Peter Harris at St Wulfran’s Ovingdean that Bryans helped with. As the Rector at Dallington during this time he came near to St Dunstan’s to attend the ‘Temples of Pan’ which is what Charlton referred to as  a series of smuggling caves used by gay men down at Telscombe Cliff’s nudist beach.



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Harris lived at St Dunstan’s [See Blind Veterans UK on map above] and together he and Bryans would meander down the lane to take shelter in St Wulfran’s porch, doing a crossword together, while ignoring Crowley’s devotees coming into the churchyard to light candles and leave relics.

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Bryans became friends with George Balcombe the organist there [p.141]

The Anglican Archdeacon to the Aegean and Canon to St Paul’s Cathedral in Malta, titled ‘Venerable’ H. John Sharp had ‘taken up’ a young Jack Macnamara when he was a boy. Aged 30, Jack had become a Captain and was killed in 1944 during WWII while still  Conservative MP for Chelmsford Essex since 1935.

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Captain Jack held extreme Right-wing views like Lord Evan Tredegar and Sir Francis Rose, the former lover of Ernst Rohm.

“In 1935 Captain Jack appointed Guy Burgess as his secretary whose main task seems to have been the procurement of young blond boys for the sexual gratification of both Archdeacon Sharp and Captain Macnamara. They took a large party of English schoolboys to the Nuremburg Rally, and others to the Olympic Games in Berlin. The fact-finding missions of the Anglo-German Fellowship were duly related to Geronwy Rees as wild homosexual orgies, and this he later told the spy-book authors.”

Two other people in Bryans’ circle who spent time in Rottingdean were Mary Oliver (who claimed to be the svengali Gurdjieff’s daughter) and Princess ‘Dil’ Dilkusha de Rohan (nee Wrench). Dil, as the daughter of Standard Oil’s owner, had been briefly married to Prince Carlos de Rohan in 1922, a marriage barely consummated due to her new husband’s homosexuality Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 14.17.08before Carlos had joined Hitler’s ranks early on. Dil had met the ballet dancer Catherine Devilliers (known as Katusha) in Berlin’s Wiemar republic and fallen in love.

Katusha and Dil had been able to live openly together in Berlin during the 1920s where “they knew the sexual preferences of those who ran the German armed forces, and later Dil fed those ‘scabrous details’ to Ellic Howe who organised BBC broadcasts to Hitler’s fighting forces”. [p.310, also Daily Telegraph Obituary  23 October 1999]

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Dil & Katusha at their Sussex home in 1941 – The Tate

Dil de Rohan had attended nearby Rodean as a girl during WWI where her aunt Dolly had a house nearby which she later inherited and so knew the area well and was pleased to be able to return

[See below re use of Rodean during WWII – Evan Tredegar and Robin Bryans leading sailors to get drunk (and drugged) into black masses including Jack Wells who later becomes Reverend at Emmanual Church, West Hampstead where Doggett sets up his first choir]

Ellic Howe knew David Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother’s brother, as a colleague at the Political Warfare Executive

See blog post further on the work and location of the Political Warfare Executive and the European Section of the BBC:

Following Captain Jack’s death during the war Archdeacon Sharp

“turned more and more to the black masses, practised in the same way as before, by Jack’s friend Evan Tredegar. In spite of being a Catholic convert for many years as well as a Papal Chamberlain, Evan liked performing his rites in ancient country churches such as St Wulfran’s at Ovingdean. This patron saint had been an early father of the church and because of its foundation in Saxon times the Church had a venerable smell of country churchyard and ancient stone and was dim with fickle light through stained glass.”

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As the first CoE Archdeacon of the Aegean, the Venerable H. John Sharp was also Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral in Valletta, Malta

Guy Burgess had been recommended to Captain Jack Macnamara by Major Ball, the Director of the Conservative Party’s Research.

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Anthony Blunt: His Lives by Miranda Carter









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“Others, however who knew how Father Charlton enjoyed making love to blond adolescents in country churches, did not take this view, especially after Peter paid a visit too many and coincided with the arrival of a coven of Aleister Crowley’s devotees. Was it part of Satanic worship? That question would not be asked in the High Court until Peter was dead.”

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“Driberg knew what Aleister Crowley did in Ovingdean church but Driberg’s friend, Peter Anson had much earlier in 1964 published in Bishops At Large, descriptions of the homosexual clergy in those High Churches so closely associated with the Duke of Newcastle’s family”

[It was around an ancestor of the Newcastles – William of Beckford – that Antony Blunt had spun a cult of gothically-obsessed boy-loving aesthetes that asserted homosexuality was a superior state of being, ever since his first article published in Cambridge’s Venture – see further for Lord Margadale’s family, Sir Peter Morrison’s forebears and their purchase of the estate]

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During 1976 over games of chess down at the local pub [Queen Victoria, Rottingdean] the police asked if Bryans had seen much of Crowley’s black mass people around Ovingdean because “more than usual black chicken feathers and blood had been seen, and the unsolved murder of Keith’s young schoolfriend was still on police record.”

When Rev Michael Butler came to visit Bryans about the police, Bryans “gave him my views about the fact that they had to cope with Father Colin Gill and with George Kinnaird’s sado-masochistic scene.”

A very high Anglo-Catholic devoted to the peculiarly Anglican Our Lady of Walsingham veneration, Father Colin Gill had been the vicar at St Martin’s in Brighton before moving to St Magnus the Martyr at London Bridge in 1960 not far from Father Huddleston’s Royal St Katherine’s at Tower Hill who arrived there in 1968 as Bishop of Stepney.

Father Michael Butler of Ovingdean

Albany Trustee and special Counselling Trustee who moved back to Brighton in 1971/72 during the fuss over the psycho-sexual counselling case files of various important people. See further blog posts:



Robin Bryans also wrote to Rev Michael Butler at Ovingdean about Father Colin Gill’s role in the sado/masochistic scenes “which previously featured in the courts and press”. There was no reply, although the police did visit Ovingdean Church to ask their own questions. Instead Rev Butler’s Bishop – the Bishop of Chichester – Eric Kemp advised Canon Ivor Walters of St Mary’s Parish Church to sue (Ivor’s daughter’s godmother was Princess Elizabeth, QEII because Ivor’s wife had worked with the Princess in the ATS during WWII)  and Bryans received a High Court writ to stop him from sending copies of the letter he sent to Rev Michael Butler to anyone else. By Easter 1977 Bryans had been poisoned and was in a coma; whatever Bryans had written in the letter to Albany Trust’s Rev Michael Butler (Deputy Director of the Samaritans) Labour’s Attorney General Sam Silkin was so keen to suppress a High Court Order was placed on Bryan’s unconscious body, sending him to prison for contempt of court.

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“On 7 April 1941, the Admiralty took over the School from the War Office and Roedean became HMS Vernon, the training school for Torpedoes and Mines and for the electrical branches of the Royal Navy, and home to over 30,000 sailors.

As a result of this time, Roedean is perhaps the only girls’ school in the country to have an Old Boys’ Association.” [Rodean Old Boys’ Association ]

During the war Rodean School had been transformed into the torpedo base HMS Vernon and Lord Evan Tredagar and a 16 year old Robin Bryans had led a dozen young sailors down the hill and through the woods to Ovingdean Church. Lord Tredegar would lace the black mass communion wine with drugs. One of the young sailors was Admiralty ‘boffin’ Jack Wellman who later became the priest at Emmanual Parish Church, West Hampstead, and who wrote books on “his priestly vocation concern occultism while his 33 years as Hampstead vicar might also be described by [Bryans’] my 1944 poem to Evan, ‘in the world yet not of the world.’

In 1964, Doggett set up a choir at Emmanuel Parish Church, West Hampstead; his address at the time was given as SW1 2580 (see advert in The Musical Times, Vol. 105, No. 1451 (Jan 1964), p. 64). The vicar at the church during this period was The Reverend Jack Dover Wellman (The Rev Dr Peter Galloway, ‘A short history and guide to Emmanuel Church West Hampstead’) , who appears to have been an eccentric figure who wrote two books entitled A Priest’s Psychic Diary, with introduction by Richard Baker (London: SPCK, 1977) and A Priest and the Paranormal (Worthing: Churchman, 1988). Wellman also appeared on an edition of the late night Channel 4 programme After Dark, on April 30th, 1988, to discuss the subject ‘Bewitched, Bothered, or Bewildered?’, chaired by Anthony Wilson (see‘After Dark 2′). [see Ian Pace’s blog on Ian Doggett further: ]

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Which actress friend of Enid Bagnold’s? p…

For further information [blog post to come] on Lord Evan Tredegar, royal art adviser to Queen Mary of Teck as Anthony Blunt would advise her granddaughter, please see BBC: Evan Morgan of Tredegar House. Evan was also known as the ‘Black monk’ for his keen interest in Occultism and Crowley (not to mention right-wing politics & the Ernest Rohm, Rudolph Hess, Sir Francis Rose set in Germany in the early 1930s)

In July 1968 a Hampstead Heath park keeper had chanced across a strange scene. A man was being crucified on a cross by another man while a third took photographs. Joseph de Havilland was adamant to the press that he had contacted the Archbishop of Canterbury (Michael Ramsey – for whom the blackmailing Michael De Lay Noy was working as personal press officer between 1967-1970) to announce his intentions.

The Guardian 1 October 1968

The Guardian 1 October 1968

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The Times 15 January 1969

Spokane Daily Chronicle - Nov 18, 1968

Spokane Daily Chronicle – Nov 18, 1968

In autumn 1968  at the same time as Joseph de Havilland was giving evidence against his crucifixion accomplices from Hampstead Heath, Lord Evan Tredegar’s former Roedean participant in the Black Mass down at St Wilfran’s Ovingdean 25 years previously, now the paranormal psychic writing Rev Jack Dover Wellman, vicar of Emmanuel Church in Hampstead was suffering from unwanted intruders. [see Spokane Daily Chronicle above]

Doreen Cordell (Albany Trust’s former counsellor) writing to Peter Righton (Parliament’s best connected paedophile) and Dr Charlotte Wolff (Albany Trustee) on 5th July 1971 had revealed that she had been working with various churches on a growing issue of concern over the course of 9 months: sexuality expressed through religious ceremonies.

During the subsequent court case, Robin Bryans revealed one of the reasons for going through the motions of a Black Mass was because it provided an easy way to drug children to abuse all at once via the Holy Communion cup. Father Colin Gill of St Martin’s, Brighton and St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge had been the subject of burglaries and attacks of abused boys returning to desecrate the altar according to Bryans.

“Many people besides me have pointed out that gay clergy preach that boys’ bodies are temple of the Holy Ghost, but on consecrated ground they bugger those temples, sometimes drugging the boys before the sex as part of the black mass. Could the boys then be blamed for returning to the scene of their abuse in vicarages and churches in order to steal works of art to pay for their drugs? Clergy such as Father Gill offended many with his disdain for ‘jam rags’ but could hardly complain to the police if his jettisoned boyfriends afterwards put used sanitary towels on Gill’s altar.”

Before the court was the name of a senior Lambeth Palace official who told the press that he wanted the age of sexual intercourse with children to be reduced to 7 years. I was prepared to be termed the Devil if Bishop Kemp and his clergy found it worse for a woman to have sex voluntarily and lovingly with the crippled Peter Harris in Ovingdean Church than for a religious leader such as William McGrath forcibly to bugger boys in care at Belfast’s Kincora Boys’ Home. My quarrel with Attorney General Silkin largely derived from years before when he failed to act on my advice to end the Kincora abuse” [p.482]

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The involvement of Anglican priests and notable laity in the black mass proved useful to my case in the High Court. I could, for example, quote the supposedly-great churchman, Tom Driberg, enthusing over Aleister Crowley’s funeral, ‘He was given a proper occultist’s send-off at the municipal crematorium in Brighton; the service included the recital of his Hymn to Pan; the town council passed a resolution deploring the whole thing and saying it must never happen again.”

“High Churches associated with Adeline de la Feld’s family often became the setting for black masses and it was at Holy Trinity, Sloane Street, that her mother collapsed after unwittingly intruding on gay rites taking place there. But both those High Church founders, Alexander Beresford-Hope and his brother-in-law, Lord Sailsbury, knew perfectly well about the homosexual scandals within the Hope family.”

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Peter Churchill (Viscount of Wychwood)

Also often staying at Rottingdean was Bryans’ friend the former Chief Page to King Edward VII and founder of the Political Research Bureau for the Labour party [p.578]. His father Victor Churchill had been Page of Honour to Queen Victoria  Aged 19, he and his sisters and mother had felt to Morocco from where his mother pressured him into marrying her lover Kathleen Beavan to avoid a scandal. Queen Mary of Teck’s (George V’s wife – current Queen’s grandmother) interest in spiritualist ‘entertainments’ steeply declined when Peter Churchill’s mother (Lady Verena Churchill)’s lover Kathleen Beavan started sending packets of ‘sign-writing’ to Buckingham Palace.

King Edward VIII had been temporal head of the Church of England but not of those bishops at large of the Old English Catholic Church. Although interestingly when he abdicated and married Mrs Simpson it was the Old English Catholic Church that gave the wedding ceremony in June 1937 in Touraine.

[see also cf. Roger Gleaves / Old English Catholic Church and other manifestations]

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The Chief Liberal Whip’s wife who designed Crowley’s Thoth Tarot cards – Jesus Chutney (aka Lady Frieda Harris 1877 – 1962- wife of the Right Hon. Sir Percy Alfred Harris)

Introduced to Crowley when he is looking for a designer for his Tarot Cards and she throws herself in styling all sorts to come up with a Thelemic / Cards of Thoth pack for him  – great friends from 1937 – 1947 when Crowley dies and she becomes one of his executors of his estate, attending Crowley’s funeral in Brighton which Bryans mentions above.

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A long-term and highly influential Rottingdean resident was Enid Bagnold, a playwright and author of National Velvet and friends with Cecil Beaton letting him lodge rent-free in one of her conjoined houses near St Margaret’s Church, Rottingdean. Robin Bryans’ friend Adeline de la Feld didn’t like the Cecil Beaton circle of friends not on account of their homosexuality (she was related to William Beckford Newcastle around whom Antony Blunt had built up a cult for ‘boy-lovers’ during his time at Trinity while writing on the gothic architecture of Fonthill although Adeline resented claims to superiority of intellect and ability but not to being gay per se) – but due to their right-wing views and anti-Semitism.

Enid Bagnold was married to Sir Roderick Jones b. 1877, d. 1962

In 1920, she married Sir Roderick Jones, Chairman of Reuters, but continued to use her maiden name for her writing. They lived at North End House, Rottingdean, near Brighton (previously the home of Sir Edward Burne-Jones), the garden of which inspired her play, The Chalk Garden.

The couple had four children. Their great-granddaughter is Samantha Cameron, wife of the United Kingdom’s current Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron.[4] [Wikipedia Profile]

Sir Roderick was 43 and Enid was 31 when they tied the knot. From 1923 they lived at North End House where they brought up their children.

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Theirs was very much an open marriage with Sir Roderick writing to his wife about his affairs with much younger women, especially those also into the theosophical wanderings of Annie Besant who having once been a reforming force to be reckoned with politically before she’d become engrossed with the occult. Enid was also a fan.

Mary Lutyens (b.1908 – 1999) was 19 years old in 1927. Seven years after Enid and Roderick were married, and while Enid was producing four children, Roderick was having a fling with Mary Lutyens.



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In 1940 Sir Roderick writes Enid his wife a note on their 20th wedding anniversary – he has ‘a new little friend’, not Mary or Lois.

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Enid Bagnold By Anne Sebba

Interestingly during WWII Sir Roderick was forced to resign as Chairman of Reuters over doing a financial deal with the Foreign Office enabling their approval before the appointment of any managers. Sir Roderick’s behaviour over selling out press integrity was the reason behind the establishment of Reuters (now Thomson Reuters) Trust Principles in 1941.

Enid Bagnold - Anna Sebba

Enid Bagnold – Anna Sebba

One such ‘damn grandchild’ of Enid and Sir Roderick’s was Samantha Cameron’s mother!,_Viscountess_Astor (b. 1948)



By 1972 when Enid started fighting with the vicar of St Margaret’s Church she was aged 82 and a registered drug addict, injecting herself with morphia and regretting her enthusiasm for Hitler.

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In 1975, Mary Lutyens now in her late sixties wrote a biography of the man Annie Besant’s Theosophical Society had hailed as their discovered new World Teacher in India in 1909: Krishnamurti, the motherless 13 year old son of the Theosophical Society’s Brahmin clerk who had been an official with the British colonial administration.  Lutyens biography of Krishamurti revealed that three years before Charles Webster Leadbeater and Annie Besant ‘adopted’ him, Leadbeater had already been the subject of two separate allegations of abuse of teenaged boys which had necessitated him leaving the Theosophical Society, only for Besant to accept him back into the fold approximately 6 months before he ‘discovered’ Krishnamurti. By 1915, once Krishnamurti was 20 or so, Leadbeater moved to Australia where he became ordained a Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church and was initiated into Co-Masonry by James Ingall Wedgwood, Grand Secretary of the Order of Universal CoMasonry and founder of the Liberal Catholic Church.

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6 months after Bryans’ poisoning and recovery from his coma the High Court case continued

5 October 1977: Brighton’s Evening Argus ‘A bitter row that has broken the peace and quiet of Rottingdean came up in the High Court in London yesterday – for the sixth time.” By 1981 there’d been many further hearing – and the many press cuttings lay before the judge and jury.

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“Fortunately for my argument in the High Court I had a tape of Churchwarden Thomas’s allegation about what Prime Minister Harold Wilson was doing in Rottingdean and another tape made by one of Wilson’s Cabinet Ministers on Thomas’s allegations.”











So when the Church of England recently revealed they’d given Enoch Powell’s name to the police, you’ll forgive me for wondering just how detailed an investigation Dame Butler-Sloss managed into the 2011 review of the Diocese of Chichester following her earlier mostly teflon-coated review of the Cleveland Abuse scandal…

and ask whether ‘Satanism’ isn’t sometimes convenient ‘hysteria-fuelling’ short-hand to avoid calling it what Doreen Cordell, counsellor of the Albany Trust knew it to be – non-consensual BDSM abuse of children by people who like a bit of incense with their ceremony and fetishise religious (and maybe sacrilegious) rituals? Imagine the blackmail potential if Michael De La Noy had got wind of her plans for an ecumenical conference….

17 July 2014 12:20

A former sacristan for the Knights of Malta has pleaded guilty to nine sex offences including those against boys as young as 11 he had met in the 1960s and 70s.

Vernon Quaintance, a companion of the Order of Malta, served at the Knights’ regular Mass at the chapel in St John and St Elizabeth Hospital in North London.

On Wednesday this week a court heard that Quaintance, 71, was a paedophile who also ran a pro-circumcision group. Southwark Crown Court heard he accumulated images as recently as 2011.

He was also a leader of the Gilgal Society, a group claiming to promote male circumcision and “its benefits in terms of health, sexual satisfaction and self-image.”

In 2012, he was found guilty of possessing nine hours of child pornography on video tapes. This week he pleaded guilty to five counts of indecency with a child between 1966 and 1976 and four counts of possession of indecent images. An additional count of sexual assault alleged to have taken place in 2011 on a child was left to lie on file.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC adjourned sentencing until September. He said there was a “very real likelihood” of a significant custodial sentence. Quaintance was released on conditional bail, with the requirement to have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 18.

Concerns about Quaintance’s behaviour had come to the attention of members of the Grand Priory, a senior body of knights, who were later found not to have reported the concerns to the relevant authorities. Quaintance had been banned from serving and attending the social club at St Bede’s, Clapham Park, South London.

An inquiry into the matter by Baroness (Julia) Cumberlege found that three of the knights made a catalogue of serious errors in dealing with the concerns. The three later apologised.

Upper Norwood circumcision fetishist jailed  [Croydon Advertiser, July 2014]

1994: ‘The Queen Behind the Throne’, Backstairs Billy, David Bowes-Lyon & a ‘bouquet of clergy’

photo-26 In 1994 Michael De La Noy, former employee of Lord Beaumont (1962 – Prism Press), Robert Maxwell (1966 – Pergamon Press), the Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey (1967-1970), and who had threatened the Albany Trust with his research for a book on the sexual education of ordinands shortly before being offered the position of Director, wrote a biography of the Queen Mother.

De La Noy had been sacked by the Archbishop’s press office for writing an article exposing a then current-serving civil servant’s indulgence of his sexual peccadilloes in his bedsit in Earl’s Court.

June 1970: Michael De La Noy writes about ‘Leslie’ former MoD employee indiscreet improper letter writer

He had been appointed as the Director of the Albany Trust during Grey’s brief absence in 1971 during which Peter Righton and Doreen Cordell attempted to wrest the Trust’s psychosexual counselling files from De La Noy’s grip and potential use of them for blackmail purposes.

Further blog posts on De La Noy’s involvement with Albany Trust here:

May 1971: Peter Righton establishes ACCESS with Dr Robert Chartham / Ronald Seth as trustee – watched by MI5?

July 1971: Peter Righton at the House of Lords – Lord Beaumont calls an Emergency Meeting of the Albany Trust

September 1971: Lord Beaumon’ts letters and Peter Righton meets Jack Profumo at Toynbee Hall

Christmas 1971/January 1972: Bishop of Stepney and Jack Profumo give Peter Righton their patronage

But before turning to De La Noy’s 1994 biography (which must have caused some trepidation in view of his previous writings), Nicky Haslam’s Spectator review of a more recent and Official biography of the Queen Mother by William Shawcross contains an interesting reference:

“The king’s early death robbed her of the apogee of queenship, but, as her daughter captivated the world with her seriousness and beauty, she herself wisely forged a new role, with her own totally uncompetitive court, surrounded by intelligent, mostly gay male friends and grandchildren, and devotedly served for 50 years by her incomparable page, William Tallon, rumoured to have been a boyfriend of her brother, David Bowes-Lyon, and who, strangely, rates but a few late and very brief sentences in this book.” [All the Queen’s Men, The Spectator, 30 September 2009]

Marvellously, only a fortnight ago a new biography dedicated entirely to William Tallon provides more information (Backstairs Billy: The Life of William Tallon the Queen Mother’s most devoted servant, March 2015 by Tom Quinn) beginning:

“At the time of his death in 2007, William John Stephenson Tallon, or ‘Backstairs Billy’ as he was known, was familiar to a relatively small circle that included the members of the royal family, but especially Prince Charles and Lord Snowden, and a long list of former homosexual lovers, many of whom had also been in royal service. Outside that circle Billy was not at that time widely known, but in the years since his death a picture has emerged of a man whose life was extraordinary by any standards.”

For an overview by Tom Quinn, the author, see further Outrageous Secrets of Backstairs Billy [Daily Mail 14 March 2015]

David Bowes-Lyon – the Queen Mother’s brother

Growing up the Queen Mother and her brother were always close, he being her junior by 2 years and the pair of them together separated by a few years from their eight elder siblings. When his sister married the second in line to the throne David was just 21, and when she became Queen in 1936, he was 34.

“For secretaries, comptrollers and treasurers it has been almost a sine qua non that they be the non-marrying sort, for hours are long and unsociable, and duty may call them to Windsor or Scotland as well as Clarence House, and, in the past, they had to be available to accompany the Queen Mother on her world-wide peregrinations. But another explanation for the Queen Mother’s preference for employing homosexuals, and her partiality for their company generally, may be discerned in the perceptive diaries of James Lees-Milne. After staying at Bury Farm, in June 1948, adjacent to the Queen Mother’s childhood home in Hertfordshire, he drove the brother of whom she was so fond, David Bowes-Lyon, to London the following day and noted, ‘His conversation very strange. Did I think women’s thighs ugly? Men’s figures more aesthetic? Did I like wearing shorts? He did not disapprove of any sexual practices – and so on. Trying not to be too distant, I did not commit myself to any opinions. He must have found me either a dolt or a prude.” [Michael De La Noy, The Queen Behind the Throne, p176]

Jim Lees-Milne was 40 at the time, so certainly no young boy: Independent obituary

“The Windsors’ most astonishing claim concerned their visit to the United States in 1941.

The Queen Mother, they alleged, enlisted the help of Special Branch in London; of her brother, David (later Sir David) Bowes Lyon, who was posted to the British Embassy in Washington; of the British Ambassador, Lord Halifax; and of her friends, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor, to have them followed and spied on 24 hours a day by FBI agents.

Yet Shawcross, in his determination to present the Queen Mother in a posthumous golden glow, makes claims which verge on the ludicrous.” [From a 1971 interview Michael Thornton with Duke & Duchess of Windsor, Daily Mail 19 September 2009 – as above]

David Bowes-Lyon & Psychological Warfare

David was turning 40 by the time WWII started. He wasn’t merely posted to Washington in the British Embassy – from October 1941 he was a member of the Political Warfare Executive, a collaborative effort between the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Economic Warfare and the European Section of the BBC. The PWE broadcast to enemy countries and occupied territories

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Psychological Warfare and India By Dr Arunkumar Bhat p.134

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David Bowes-Lyon had inherited the Bury at St Paul’s Walden, Hitchin Hertfordshire: “With its formal French gardens and statuary it would have supplied a sense of elegance.”


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In 1950 David became High Sheriff of Hertfordshire where he lived and then in 1952 he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire until his death in 1961.

Residents of Hertfordshire and in particular constituents of Grant Shapps MP (Con: Welwyn Garden City) now have former running partner of Jimmy Savile and General Manager of Broadmoor hospital, Alan Franey, as their Deputy Council Leader, overseeing policing

[Tories back man who ‘gave Savile unrestricted access’ to hospital , Political Scrapbook 30 September 2014]

Not far from the Bury at St Paul’s Walden was Henlow Grange, where Savile had began to ingratiate himself with the Costigans’ second beauty spa from 1961 onwards

and conveniently close to David’s house was also the new Political Warfare Executive studio for broadcasting propaganda from Church End, Milton Bryan, close to Bletchley Park

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A Most Remarkable Family: A History of the Lyon Family from 1066 to 2014 By Michael Hewit


“Lees-Milne met David Bowes-Lyon again at a dinner party early in 1949, and recorded that he had been ‘insinuating all sorts of forbidden things in veiled terms and proposing a trip with me in the spring. He is an extraordinary, complicated, buttoned, perhaps not so buttoned-up man who cannot call a spade a spade and is a walking riddle.” At the Chelsea Flower Show that year, Bowes-Lyon ‘seemed keen that we should go on a motor tour in August. A curious man that he is.’The clear implication from these diary entries is that while David Bowes-Lyon may indeed have been curious, he was almost certainly bisexual, a fact which could well have become a commonplace to his sister, colouring for life her own laissez-faire attitude to personal sexual morals, which very much reflects the dictum of her near contemporary, Mrs Patrick Campbell: don’t do it in the street and frighten the horses.” [p.176]


1951: Enter Billy Tallon from Birtley

Billy Tallon was born in Birtley, Durham, 12 November 1935 and entered into royal service aged 15 in 1951 when the Queen Mother had become a grandmother for the first time and Prince Charles was turning three. David Bowes-Lyon was born in 1902 and died in 1961 so would have been 49 – 59 and Billy would have been 15 – 25 when there would have been any opportunity for a relationship.

“Johnny Hewitt who knew Billy well at this time, explains: “Many people have claimed that Reg and Billy worked as a sort of team – a team of sexual predators. I don’t think that was true at all. It was part of Reg’s character to be intensely loyal both in terms of his job and his personal relationships. Billy was always intensely loyal to his employer, the Queen Mother, but he was not so loyal in his personal relationships.”

From Billy’s point of view, his depending relationship with the Queen Mother made him increasingly aware of his own power. And if power corrupts, it certainly began to corrupt Billy, who felt to some extent that he was invulnerable, especially when it came to the rent boys and other young men he met on his late night forays to Soho and elsewhere. As one colleague put it, ‘Billy began to think he could do as he pleased.

Almost from the time he moved to Clarence House, Billy spent his free time actively pursuing his fellow male servants and bringing back casual pick-ups he met during his free hours late in the evenings and at weekends.

One or two of those who worked with Billy at this time describe him as a sexual predator, but others say that many if not most of the young male servants were happy to take part in what can only be desired as orgies.

Brian Wilson (not his real name) describes how he met Billy in a bar in Soho and was dazzled to hear that he worked for the royals. Along with two friends, he was invited back to Clarence House. During the group sex session that followed Billy suggested Brian should sit on the Queen Mother’s favourite sofa and there Billy had sex with him. Brian was convinced that taking risks was part of the sexual thrill for Billy. Another former lover who knew Billy well in the mid-1960s remembered the royal servant’s remarkable lack of caution.” [Loc 1279/2853]

“The Queen Mother was always renowned for her alleged tolerance of homosexuals – perhaps not surprising considering the notorious and flagrantly homosexual adventures of her own brother, Sir David Bowes Lyon, who, though married with children, was addicted to all-male orgies at which young men were bidden to wear football shorts.” [Daily Mail, That spiteful old soak dedicated to making lives hell, 19 September 2009]

Dr Venetia Newall, renowned folklorist, fellow of the Royal Society of Literature  and former joint secretary of the Albany Trust until Antony Grey took over in 1962 [see blog post here: 1962: Antony Grey’s interview panel ] wrote about the Queen Mother “that much loved figure” in 1986:

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Venetia Newall, Presidental Address to the Folklorist Society AGM 15 March 1986, ‘ Folklore and Male Homosexuality’


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As above, footnotes 65 & 66


“Roger Booth is certain that the Queen Mother knew Billy was gay and din’t mind in the least.

‘I would say she positively welcomed the fact, as there had been a long tradition of homosexual servants at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House. Some commentators have said this was partly because the royals felt that their female children would be safer if the male servants were homosexual, but it almost certainly had far more to do with the fact that homosexual servants were perceived – rightly or wrongly – as having less need for a life outside the palace.

And even though homosexuality was illegal until the mid-1960s, the royals took a very lordly view of that kind of illegality. They had always know homosexual men – in service and in their families – and couldn’t really understand what all the fuss was about. It’s also nonsense, I think to say that Queen Elizabeth didn’t mind so long as her gay servants were discreet in their affairs. I’d say the opposite was true and she liked the fact that her gay servants were often very indiscreet in indeed, but just so long as they didn’t go too far. It provided a bit of excitement for her and at no risk to herself or her reputation. She famously said that without gay servants the royal family would be reduced to ‘self-service.’ ‘ ” [Backstairs Billy, Loc 926]

In 1992 Liam Cullen-Brooks started work at Clarence House aged 19.

“According to Cullen-Brooks, Billy wasn’t just fond of a drink. He was habitually drunk and when drunk he couldn’t control himself. He was, according to Liam, a vicious and vindictive and very much a sexual predator.

Other former male servants have confirmed the general picture of Billy as occasionally lecherous. One said:

Billy offered young men jobs if he fancied them and no sooner had they started work than he turned his often unwanted sexual attentions on them. If they failed to respond he could make life very difficult indeed. To be fair he could be very charming if he liked you – even if you gave him the brush-off when he made it clear that he was sexually interested in you – but sometimes the devil got into him and he simply would not take no for an answer.” [Backstairs Billy, Loc 1935]

Perhaps the best example of the Queen Mother’s tolerance of her wayward servant occurred win the News of the World reported that a ‘rent boy’ had been invited back to Clarence House by Billy. The paper made a huge fuss, but the Queen Mother simply responded by saying, “How kind of William to invite the poor boy in out of the rain.” [loc 1300/2853]

I wasn’t aware of this News of the World report or when it was published – to be found.

“Like the Labour peer Lord Bradwell (better known as Tom Driberg, 1905-1976), with whom he may well have had a brief affair, Billy was far keener on oral rather than other kind of sex – according to one of his chance enouncters, Billy seemed to think that swallowing large quantities of semen was the secret of eternal youth.”[Loc 1820/ Backstairs Billy]

“Don Jones, who knew Billy well around this time said:

Billy was one of a number of queens who didn’t really like having sex done to him if you see what I mean – he liked doing it to others. Partly because of the idea that sperm – especially from young men – would keep him young but also because he always wanted to be in charge….

When homosexuality between consenting adults was legalised in the mid-1960s I think Billy, like a lot of gay men, was a little disappointed. Without the danger some of the fun had gone.” [Loc 1837, Backstairs Billy: The Life of William Tallon]

In 2008 one of the Queen Mother’s butler’s pleaded guilty at the last minute to sexual offences against children – thus preventing a four week trial. By the time Paul Kidd arrived, Billy Tallon had been the Queen Mother’s confidante for almost 17 years.

“Former Royal Butler Admits Child Abuse” 02/10/2008

Paul Kidd, a former Royal Butler to the Queen and the Queen Mother, has pleaded guilty to committing sexual offences against children.

Paul Kidd of Grasscroft Road, Stalybridge, Greater Manchester worked as a butler between 1977 and 1979 at Buckingham Palace and was the Senior Footman to the Queen Mother, at Clarence House, between 1979 and 1984.

Kidd had been charged with a number of sexual offences against children. He initially pleaded not guilty but changed his pleas last Wednesday before he was due to face a four week trial.

Paul Kidd pleaded guilty on nine counts of indecent assault, six counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The offences were committed between 1974 – 1977, 1981 – 1983 when he was employed by the Queen Mother and between 2005 and 2008. His victims were all under the age of 16 when the offences were committed. Kidd also admitted counts of making indecent images of a child and possessing indecent images of children. He admitted possessing more than 18,000 indecent images of children. The charges of rape were dropped.

Paul Kidd was born in Lancashire in 1953, upon leaving school he was employed in the Royal Navy as a silver service waiter. He was appointed butler to the Queen in 1976 at Buckingham Palace were he served for six years before being transferred to Clarence House. In 1979 he was awarded the Most Noble Order of Merit by the West German President whilst on a state visit with the Queen. In 1985 due to illness he left the Royal Service.

He later became an after dinner speaker travelling the world with his stories of Royal Service. His fee band was between £2,000 to £4,000. However, behind his amusing stories of Royal Service led a dark secret of child abuse.

What was so impressive about Paul Kidd’s conduct on a royal state visit 1978/79 that the West German President Walter Scheel (now in his 96th year) awarded him the Most Noble Order of Merit?

The Queen Mother’s penchant for ‘a bouquet of clergy’

Something Michael De La Noy was particular interested in and aware of was the relationship between his previous employer the Archbishop of Canterbury, Canon Eric James (patron of Peter Righton in 1971, biographer of Albany Trustee Dr John Robinson, and biographer of Father Trevor Huddleston who hunted for his BOSS files and found nothing and was later appointed Chaplain Extraordinary to the Queen in 1984) and the Queen Mother.

Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother loved to lunch and be hosted by Lady Diana Cooper at her home in Maida Vale, 10, Warwick Avenue in Maida Vale,W9 and were often guests there from 1960s – 1980s. From 1975 Maida Vale would also host the Paedophile Information Exchange ℅ Release at 1, Elgin Avenue and in May 1973 Lord Lambton would be caught minutes from his house at 58 Hamilton Terrace on camera in bed with two prostitutes


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“The Queen Mother has a penchant for clergymen, preferably High Church and slightly camp. Lady Diana Cooper was a great procurer of such. On 23 June 1979 the Queen Mother told Lady Diana, ‘I loved those two dear little clergyman. What luck to have them, & how it must help them to be encouraged by you.’

On 28 March 1981 she was writing to say, ‘Once again I am writing to thank you for a perfect lunch party, and a most enjoyable noon cocktail party – your neighbours are so delightful and amusing and varied, and it is great fun to watch the famous HOUSE POISON doing it’s [sic] work, voices rising, conversation becoming more & more sparkling, & even the dear faces of the clergy becoming a tiny bit roseate – Oh it is such fun, and I adore coming to see you & I enjoy myself madly in the lovely relaxed atmosphere you create round you, & I am deeply grateful to you for giving me such a heavenly treat.” [p.182]

“On 4 April 1982 the Queen Mother told Lady Diana that her own dear clergy, by which presumably she meant the canons at Windsor, ‘seem quite boorish & tweedy’ in comparison to the ‘exquisite clergy in Little Venice’. It was following a visit to Diana Cooper, when three clergymen had come in for drinks before lunch, that as she was leaving the Queen Mother said to Lady Diana, ‘I did enjoy meeting your bouquet of clergy.’ [fn. 22 Retailed to the author by the Hon. David Herbert]. Among those invited in 1980 for a drink was a guest whose name, Sir Martin Gilliat assured Lady Diana Cooper, met with the Queen Mother’s approval – Edward Fox. He had recently played the role of Edward VIII in a television series called Edward and Mrs Simpson.” [De La Noy, The Queen Behind the Throne, p.182]


18 Lords on 18th May 1978: The Protection of Children Bill, NCCL and PIE

Monday 8th March 1978

The Open University in the Press Office had taken advice from a barrister over their decision to sack Tom O’Carroll. The NCCL Gay Rights Committee meets and discuss what help and support they can offer.

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“Complete support of GRC was unanimously offered through the Chair. Tom O’Carrol pointed out that already a great amount of representation had been made by many organisations. He thanked the GRC, and asked that he could keep the offer in mind, but allowed the position to be resolved by the other organisations if possible, still being able to return to the GRC for help if it became necessary.” Nikki Henriques was the chair for that meeting.

A month earlier news had reached the House of Commons that Tom O’Carroll had been sacked, mentioned in the second reading of the Child Protection Bill on 10th February:

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House of Commons, second reading of the Child Protection Bill 10th February 1978


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“The Bill was available for perusal and also discussion. After much deliberation, it was decided that the matter was important enough to call another meeting, especially to deal with this Bill. A letter from David Offenbach, who as a lawyer saw many faults in the Bill was read out. John Saunders mentioned that he had information of persons recently having action taken against them under the existing laws in connection with Child Pornography cases. These cases seemed to be being dealt with quite adequately. It did seem the Bill was a panic measure. Although the committee agreed that children needed protection, this Bill would in fact put children at greater risk, also innocent people. It would bring the ruthless child exploiter to the fore.

To prevent a situation arising that would give ‘The Powers that be’ an open ended Bill, allowing limitless power, invasion of privacy, and maybe even causing Educational material to be at risk, also putting the children at GREATER risk, it was decided that the GRC should discuss the Bill at length, and make representation to NCCL to request that the Bill be reconsidered, and at least dealt with in a proper [??], not in panic, and not as a political manoeuvre to give certain Members of Parliament the chance to use the Bill for other reasons than that which it was reputed to be designed for.”

NCCL Gay Rights Committee schedule a special meeting for the Wednesday 15th March to peruse and discuss the Child Protection Bill at more length with Bill Forrester coordinating.

April 1978: ‘That Booklet’ is published & Antony Grey re-joins NCCL

‘That Booklet’ referred to below in Magpie April 1978, was Paedophilia: Some Questions & Answers [see further blog post: Who was ‘John’ the Albany Trust representative on the PIE co-drafting committee?]. Despite apparently not having collected enough money from the membership [only 31 members donated £156 in total – £847.16 in today’s money]  to go to print, PIE’s Executive Committee decided to fund the balance themselves. Perhaps going cap in hand to the Albany Society Ltd (the Trust’s grant-giving arm) was out of the question, although its unclear as to whether Antony Grey also resigned from the Society when he resigned from the Trust in mid-1977, instead taking up an Executive Committee position at the NCCL at Nettie Pollard’s invitation on 3rd April 1978 [see further blog post: Antony Grey meets and corresponds with Parker Rossman]. Those who had donated to the fundraising were able to receive ‘complimentary’ copies, others would have to pay 35 pence [£1.90]


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Magpie No 10, April 1978

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Magpie No 10, April 1978





Magpie No 11, May 1978

Magpie No 11, May 1978

“All members of the House of Commons and some Lords have been sent a copy of PIE’s new booklet Paedophilia – Some Questions and Answers. This distribution was timed to coincide with a Press Release announcing the publication of the booklet. 180 newspapers and periodicals in the UK received this Press Release.”

It would be interesting to know if the ‘some Lords’ selected by PIE to receive a complimentary copy of ‘That Booklet’ overlapped much, if at all, with the list of ’18 Members of the Upper House’ Harriet Harman is all set to follow up with to lobby for the NCCL proposed amendments to the Bill [see below]. Why did Harriet Harman or the NCCL GCR think the 18 would be amenable to NCCL’s proposed amendments? How had they been identified by the NCCL? The ‘regrettable’ situation was that, while the Chairman of PIE Tom O’Carroll and PIE member Nettie Pollard were steering hard on the NCCL Gay Rights Committee, PIE’s proposed amendments to the Protection of Children Bill didn’t need to be lobbied for under PIE’s name. By pushing on with publishing ‘that booklet’ (much unchanged from the final draft presented to the Albany Trust in March 1977 although NCCL and Albany Trust addresses had been removed) at the right time, PIE was able to support the NCCL’s lobbying more effectively and, on the surface, separately. Antony Grey’s return to the NCCL Executive Committee at Nettie Pollard’s invitation the day after his attendance at the NCCL AGM was particularly helpful.

May 1978: NCCL GCR Child Protection Bill lobbying in the House of Lords

Wednesday 10 May, 7.30 pm Nettie Pollard, Alan Deighton, Robert Palmer, Tom O’Carroll, Richard Fowler, Roland Jeffery gather at the NCCL offices at 186 Kings Cross Road

By May the Child Protection Bill is being debated in the House of Lords.

Antony Grey wasn’t able to attend (being the first meeting after re-joining NCCL Executive Committee having attended the NCCL AGM and seeing Tom O’Carroll there) although he is tasked with an action in his absence – to follow up whether NUPE’s Assistant had replied to Patricia Hewitt’s approach re Tom O’Carroll’s appearances at Swansea’s Love & Attraction Conference


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Agenda Item #4: Child Protection Bill House of Lords’ Proposed Amendments

“Bill now due for Committee of the Whole House in the Lords on Thursday 18th May. Hattie Harman’s briefing had gone to 18 Members of the Upper House, and she would be in touch with interested Lords before 18th. Nettie and Roland had met Hattie, and it was decided to arrange for two additional amendments,

one to redefine concept of ‘production’ as used in the Bill and

the other to exclude sex education material from its ambit

especially since the amendment redefining Indecency as set out in the Bill was likely to fail.

Hattie was arranging for members of the EC Sub-Committee set up to put amendment proposals to be at House on 18th if possible, and Nettie and Roland would also be available if required.”

Who served on the NCCL Executive Committee Sub-Committee that were attending the House of Lords prior to the debate as to be arranged via Harriet Harman?

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18 Lords approached for 18th May Debate on Child Protection Bill

The House of Lords debate started at 6pm that Thursday evening of 18th May and ran until shortly after 7.45pm

The Lords and Ladies debating were: Baroness Faithfull, Baroness Wootton, Lord Wigoder, Earl Longford, Lord Scarman, Lord Redesdale, Baroness Elliot, Lord Harris, Lord Somers, Lord Monson, Lord Northfield, Lord Hale, Viscount Hanworth, Lord De Clifford, Lord Robertson, The Earl of Halsbury and former Albany Trust Chairman and Liberal Peer Lord Beaumont of Whitley.

Baroness Faithfull does not have much faith in Lord Beaumont of Whitley’s proposed Amendment to Lord Harris, Minister for Home Office’s Amendment. Neither does Lord Somers have much time for Lord Widoger’s suggestions.


“I am most grateful for the way in which the Committee has received and discussed this Amendment, and I freely admit that there are major flaws in it. The point about material from abroad, I entirely accept; the point about the effects on the child of the matter having to be tested in court, I grant to be an overwhelming reason against the Amendment as it is drafted. I entirely accept the point made by the noble Lord who spoke from the Benches opposite about the effect on the child, not only of the making of the film but also of the showing and the publishing of it, and it is an absolutely worthy part of the Bill that it is trying to stop that harm.

Nevertheless, I still have my doubts in two areas. One of them is in what I might call “the David Hamilton syndrome”, which the noble Lord, Lord Northfield, raised. I am still not at all clear what the situation would be there, for, as I say, there is no doubt that in the products of a number of respectable artists and respectable photographers there is a sensuality which a great many people, particularly those who repress their own sexuality, find intensely disturbing—not disgusting or depraved but disturbing. I do not know whether the products of such people, such professional photographers, are covered by  this Bill. Nor, I suspect, does anyone else. I think this is a very bad situation. It could he decided only by a jury. We could only make an intelligent guess as to what a jury would decide. I do not know in these circumstances what juries would decide. But I think we ought to be fairly clear in our own minds as to what we are actually saying and doing and whether some of these cases come within the ambit or not. This is quite apart from the peculiar anomaly that, for instance, some of Graham Ovenden’s paintings could not possibly be subject to prosecution under this Bill because they are paintings; but if someone photographed them, they could be. That seems a weird situation to find ourselves in, and one which is difficult to deal with.

Artist Graham Ovenden jailed for two years for sexual abuse of children [The Guardian 9 October 2013]

Child abuse artist Graham Ovenden jailed for two years after ‘unduly lenient’ sentence is reviewed [The Independent, 9 October 2013]

Perhaps with his Defence of Literature & Arts sponsor hat on Lord Beaumont continues: (1) David Hamilton; (2) Lewis Carroll; (3) Henry Tukes

“The second aspect with which the Amendment tries to deal is the area of artists—painting, depicting or photographing—and there is no real borderline here, as we all now know in the realms of art, but it is quite obvious in this case. Pubescent or pre-pubescent children are, in a way which they think, right for their art without doing the children much harm, it would seem to me. There are today in this country in a great many shops which sell postcard—I refer to the respectable ones and the highly respectable ones as well as the others—photographs by David Hamilton. As noble Lords no doubt know, David Hamiltion is a very well-known photographer of young girls, probably many of whom fall into the category of 14 to 16 about whom we are particularly talking. No obscenity of any kind comes into it, but that there is a real sensuality, a real eroticism, nobody can possibly doubt; nor, frankly, can their sales be ascribed to anything else.

There are other artists who I will not name but who are dealing with the same situation, and I will take two examples from the past because the Victorian age, and the most respectable parts of that age, were absolutely rampant with this awareness of the sexuality and eroticism of children. If one looks at photographs by Lewis Carroll, the Reverend Charles Dodgson, of small girls, whom he preferred photographing naked, there can be absolutely no doubt whatever that, whether or not he realised it, they were strongly erotic actions. There is no evidence, so far as I know, that it ever did any of the children any harm, although one or two mammas got alarmed and suggested that the children were getting a little old for that, but that was all right because, when they got too old for that, Lewis Carroll thought they had got too old for that, too. Then Henry Tuke, a noted RA, who painted and exhibited in the Royal Academy every year; he painted naked boys bathing in practically every one of his pictures, and again they contain a strong eroticism.”

Agenda Item #7: Patricia Hewitt’s approach to NUPE over Tom O’Carroll’s Liverpool visit and Swansea Conference

Antony Grey and Roland Jeffery had together met with Patricia Hewitt (General Secretary of NCCL for the past 3.5 years) to ask her to contact the NUPE regarding action against venues where Tom O’Carroll had been invited to speak at (Oxford and Liverpool Student Unions) and at the September 1977 Swansea Love & Attraction Conference. Hewitt had obliged, writing to the NUPE Assistant General Secretary but no reply had been received.

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Magpie No 10 March 1978


Magpie No 11, April 1978

Magpie No 11, April 1978






The April AGM of NCCL had passed Bill Forrester and Nettie Pollard’s motion to condemn attacks on PIE’s freedom of expression – but not without a telling amendment suggesting PIE’s influence at NCCL AGMs was finding some resistance:

 “Accordingly, whilst reaffirming the NCCL policy on the age of consent and the right of children; particularly the need to protect those of prepubertal age…”

NCCL 1978 AGM & Ballot Booklet

NCCL 1978 AGM & Ballot Booklet







Roland Jeffery, who approached Patricia Hewitt with Grey on NUPE, had been working with Harold Haywood OBE, Lucilla Butler and PIE treasurer Charles Napier in the group Haywood assembled at Earl’s Court, during the time Napier had been asked to go on holiday when revealed as PIE Treasurer mid-1977. Jeffrey had also been the CHE group convenor at Oxford University according to his ballot biography below standing for election at April 1978 NCCL AGM for the Executive Committee as proposed by Geoffrey Robertson and seconded by Nettie Pollard.

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Tom O’Carroll had written to Antony Grey 3 weeks prior to the NCCL meeting minuted here (10 May 1978) to thank him “in relation to NUPE etc.”

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30th July 1979: Letter from paedophile group links Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt to it AFTER they said it had been marginalised [Martin Robinson, Daily Mail, 7 March 2014]

PIE Controversy: Harriet Harman has got this one wrong [The Independent, Joan Smith, 1 March 2014]

Pensioner backed Paedophile Information Exchange and may hold key to links with left wing groups [Mirror, Keir Mudie, Nick Dorman, 8 March 2014]

Labour Trio can’t stay silent on this pedophile claim [The Guardian, Barbara Ellen, 23 February 2014]


Tuesday 13th June 1978 – July 1978: PIE Raids with warrants issued under the Obscene Publications Act

Keith Hose, Nettie Pollard, Antony Grey, Roland Jeffery all attend

“PIE and Police Harassment

The committee was informed of a number of raids which have taken place in the last few days with warrants issued under the Obscene Publications Act. It was thought that this was a cover for access to gain information on PIE and its membership files.”

An ironic echo of Judge Hamilton-King’s words in R v Thorne (1977) considering Nettie Pollard’s efforts to object at the time? [See further blog post: April 1977 Penthouse funding to NCCL for PIE’s Nettie Pollard falters]

Conference Report

“Patricia was most unwilling to accept Tom O’Carroll’s report for inclusion in the conference report because it might further the less informed public’s identification of gays with child molesters (though we fully accept that pedophiles are not necessarily child molesters either). It was decided to refer this matter to the full Executive who would be circulated in advance. The consensus of the committee was a demand for its inclusion with a suitable introduction.”

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NCCL GCR 13 June 1978



Unfortunately Magpie Issue no 11 of April 1978 had already gone to print so had announced that he article would be included. Tom O’Carroll had given a speech on Chemical Castration at a conference NCCL had convened in May 1977 on Gay Rights. Will be interesting to see if Patricia Hewitt’s view was overruled by the Executive Committee after considering the matter of a ‘suitable introduction’ and whether the article was eventually published in the NCCL’s 1977/78 AGM Conference Report or the Booklet produced for the Gay Rights Conference?

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U Magpie No 11, April 1978


1979: DES employee writes to Grey over concern for ‘Johnny Go Homes’

In the months before the 3rd May 1979 General Election when Thatcher swept to power ousting Callaghan’s Labour government, and the 3 year DES grant for the Albany Trust’s ‘Experimental Project’ on ‘Youth and Sexuality’ was coming to an end, Antony Grey was in correspondence with a civil servant employee of the Department of Education & Science concerning ‘health education’ and concerns over the future of governmental policy in this area. It was a concern that would be well-founded, judging by the DES cool response to the Albany Trust’s Youth Worker report on the experiment in January 1980.


On 22 February 1979, John Alexander, writes to Antony Grey on departmental notepaper:

“I greatly enjoyed our time together on 22 February and only regret that, by the nature of things, it was not possible or expedient with all of us present to deal, in greater detail, with central government implications on the topic of our discussion. As you may have realised I am on sabbatical leave until the end of March and so I was in no way expressing the view of DES. “

John wishes to return the invitation of lunch to Antony in order to discuss Grey’s recent article published in the New Humanist [which Grey publishes in Speaking Law Sex & Politics here ] which championed the work of several of Albany Trust’s trustees such as Quaker QC Keith Wedmore’s 1963 Towards a Quaker View of Sex and the Anglican ‘South Bank’ theologians such as Dr John Robertson (Bishop of Woolwich), Bishop of Southwark (Mervyn Stockwood) and Canon Eric James (later HM Chaplain to the Queen – here in 1971 promising patronage to Peter Righton along with the Bishop of Stepney )

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“I assume you had read my article in New Society (written under a pseudonym because of my civil servant status) which, though drastically cut when it comes to refer to health education aspects, nevertheless attempts to draw attention to the plight of the younger males.

I am convinced that, in spite of continued opposition and obstruction – and inactivity – we can achieve much by merely keeping-up the battle.”


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New Society, 29 June 1979, Robert Spittal (nom de paedophile plume of HMI )

Grey hasn’t archived his reply of 27 February 1979, but John Alexander responds enthusiastically suggesting dates to meet in April despite his time being less free now he has resumed his inspectorial duties – as an inspector for the DES is he inspecting schools in the days before Ofsted or inspecting other institutions falling under the remit of DES?

John will try and tie in a meeting at DES in the afternoon on the day Antony is available to meet him for lunch in Central London “thus making an effective working day”.

“Nevertheless I consider our discussions of importance in the field of Health Education and would wish to keep in touch with your thinking as well as with associated developments e.g. the film.”

and encloses his article on runaway boys or ‘Johnny Go Homes’ (as he calls them) and their habit of leaving comfortable, well-provided lives in the country to travel to London where some of them act as decoys to lure unsuspecting older men into being robbed down dark alleyways.

John protests that despite the ‘eye-catcher opener’ dwelling on the details of boy and young male prostitution at Piccadilly Circus, New Society had cut the rest of the article which went on to consider the kind of measures and research in health education to address ‘Johnny Go Homes’.

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30 March 1979

“In the event it is only the first part with a tiny reference to possible action which was published. It did, at any rate, lead to some interesting correspondence and enable me to use these leads as a lever to force some HMI/DES thinking about the subject. Unfortunately everyone seems pleasantly interested but determined to take no action or even further discussion.”

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6 April 1979


“There seems to have been a stunning silence since we met the film team and the others but I am horrified at the electioneering in Bournemouth by one of the candidates in strong opposition to CHE etc. Of course a geriatric area like this is more likely to foster these narrow views e.g. last week’s outburst in the council about male gays at Shell Bay and seeking to allow only female nudes on that reserved beach!”

At Shell Bay you could watch the ferries departing from Poole Harbour on their way to Jersey ‘s St Helier or Cherbourg in France, winding their way past Brownsea Island, the home of Baden-Powell’s first youth experiment of his own in establishing a Scout Camp on 1 -8 August 1907 to test his ideas he was developing for his book Scouting for Boys 

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In 1979 the MP for Bournemouth East for the past 2 years had been Conservative David Atkinson MP (who was to hold the constituency successfully for 28 years from 1977 – 2005).

The wife who discovered her perfect family was built on a lie: A football star’s gay confession, an agonised call to her Tory MP husband – and Susan’s world collapsed [Daily Mail, 19 July 2014]

‘My father was a sexual predator like Jimmy Savile’ says son of former Tory MP’: The son of a Conservative MP has built up his own dossier on his father and a wider circle of friends [Telegraph, 20 July 2014]

“Mr Atkinson, 37, an illustrator, decided to speak out after becoming increasingly concerned about his father’s behaviour and his wider circle of acquaintances. David Atkinson was MP for Bournemouth East for almost 28 years before stepping down in 2005.”

“His son has compiled a dossier of his own on his father. In it he writes: “In the research work that I have done… it is clear that my father was associated with some very dangerous people.””

“Other suspicions, which fuel Mr Atkinson’s concerns about his father, cannot be repeated in The Telegraph for legal reasons. There is nothing in the evidence so far gathered by Mr Atkinson that offers any clear proof that his father had had sex with under-age children.”

“But I think my father got mixed up with the wrong people. I think he didn’t want anybody to find out he was gay and used that to influence him. He liked young men.”

“He said his father kept ‘meticulous’ notes of his every day activities in House of commons pocket diaries. Mr Atkinson does not have access to his father’s diaries.”


The Attack on Sleaze: How apartheid regime set out to woo Tories: Patricia Wynn Davies tells the story of the firm which gave MPs a South African perspective [Independent, 26 October 1994]

Part of the same scene were London dinners sponsored by Unita. One MP guest-list included such figures as Robert Atkins, now minister for the environment and countryside, John Carlile, Mr Colvin and David Atkinson, who led an SNI delegation to observe the Angolan peace process in 1992, a year before the firm closed.


1978: Tom O’Carroll writes to Antony Grey at Defence of Literature & Arts Society re ‘freedom of speech’

In 1978, during the passage of the Protection of Children bill through Parliament, and just as PIE were preparing to publish their Paedophilia: Some Questions & Answers and distribute the booklet to MPs pigeonholes in the House of Commons, Tom O’Carroll, Chairman of Paedophile Information Exchange and member of the NCCL Gay Rights Committee wrote to Antony Grey in his role on the Executive Committee of the Defence of Literature and Arts Society (‘DLAS’).

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“Dear Antony, I was pleased to see you the other day, and only regret that I had to dash off without having a chance to talk to you after the meeting. Allow me, however, to thank you very much for your support at the NCCL AGM, and in relation to NUPE etc.”

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Motion. 39: Freedom of Discussion proposed by Nettie Pollard and Bill Forrester

At the 1978 AGM which O’Carroll and Grey had attended, PIE member Nettie Pollard had seconded a motion proposed by Bill Forrester to ask NCCL to condemn the protests against PIE’s meeting in September 1977:

“This AGM re-affirms the right of free discussion and freedom to hold meetings for all organisations and individuals doing so within the law.

In particular this AGM condemns the physical and other attacks on those who have discussed or attempted to discuss paedophilia and re-affirms NCCL’s condemnation of harassment and unlawful attacks on such persons.” [Bill Forrester and Nettie Pollard]

Tom O’Carroll was responding to an approach made by DLAS to David Grove, PIE’s Children Rights’ Campaign leader and keeper of the PIE mailing list.

In June/July 1976 edition of Understanding Paedophilia (PIE’s forerunner to Magpie) the ‘Magnificent Six’ had been announced, with the following people undertaking the following roles for PIE

‘It’s the Magnificent Six’, p. 7
New EC:
Keith Hose – re-elected to serve as National Chairperson for the coming year
Warren Middleton – re-elected as National Vice Chairperson/PIE Magazine Editor
Tom O’Carroll – elected as PIE General Secretary/responsible for the formation of local groups/PIE members’ contact service/Publicity [See further: Did NCCL’s trawl of List 99 radicalise PIE’s Tom O’Carroll? Palaver #6 October 1976]
David C Grove – elected as Director of PIE’s forthcoming children’s rights campaign/responsible for distribution of mail
Charles Napier – elected as Treasurer/responsible for recruitment of new members.
Peter Righton – elected as Organiser of prison-hospital visits/general correspondence and PIE befriending.
Want applicants for Legal adviser and Director of Research. [Ian Pace blog]

DLAS wanted an article from PIE on the ways in which their freedom of speech have been muzzled for the DLAS publication “Uncensored” Tom O’Carroll nominates Keith Hose to write this for Grey.

Three years later, in a letter to Tony Smythe, Grey wrote

“ The drubbing which free speech, civil rights and common sense have taken over the PIE case is appalling. I always feared that Tom O’Carroll was hellbent on opening this particular Pandora’s Box, and so it has proved.” [See further: With compliments from Ian Dunn, and while you were out Tony Smythe called March 1981 ]

Seemingly, a fear precipitated by Grey’s own invitation, adopting the role of a self-fulfilling prophet of doom while bearing in mind Grey’s ego couldn’t bear not to archive these writings publicly.

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The Defence of Literature and the Arts Society (1968 – 1983)

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The Defence of Literature and Arts Society attracted sponsors from “the great and good”:

Lords, charity directors, MPs, former MPs, lawyers and even doctors such as Dr David Stafford-Clark and Lords who were also Doctors such as Lord Winstanley (apparently a staunch supporter of everyone else’s freedom of speech bar Mary Whitehouse’s when he commanded Antony Grey to pursue her to the end of the road if not further! [Dec 1976: See further blog post here]

Francis Bennion, Parliamentary Counsel and Civil Liberties Barrister

One member of the Executive Committee who served alongside Antony Grey and Eric Thompson was Francis Bennion, Barrister and Parliamentary counsel, who had drafted the constitutions of Pakistan and Ghana, the Consumer Credit Act, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, and the hugely successful reference book for lawyers on ‘Statutory Interpretation’. In 1968 he founded the Professional Association of Teachers.

On Francis Bennion‘s website :

In 1979 Bennion wrote a review of G Parker Rossman’s book Sexual Experience between Men and Boys [Freethinker Vol.99 1979] [See further for Antony Grey’s meeting with Parker Rossman on his July 1979 trip to UK from the states and Rossman’s letter to Grey and more on George Parker Rossman’s 1971 arrest in the Long Island New York ring with Dr Morris Fraser ]

In 1983 Antony Grey and his partner Eric Thompson were still serving on the Executive Committee of the DLAS along with Michael Rubinstein (the solicitor who Sir Harold Haywood was dismayed at charging for his advice on suing Mary Whitehouse due to his “special interest in the Trust”).

Lord Beaumont of Whitley (former Albany Trust Chairman 1969-1972?) is also a sponsor.

 Ben Whitaker (former Lab: Hampstead MP 1966-1970)

Ben Whitaker was the Chairman of the DLAS and had been Labour MP for Hampstead 1966-1970 during Wilson’s first term, at the same time Dr David Kerr, a fellow DLAS sponsor, had been Labour MP for Wandsworth Central.

NCCL AGM Ballot Papers 1978: Biographies for candidates standing for NCCL Executive Committee

NCCL AGM Ballot Papers 1978: Biographies for candidates standing for NCCL Executive Committee

Brian Sedgemore MP (Lab: Hackney South)

Sponsors included Brian Sedgemore MP (Lab: Hackney South)

See further for Mark Trotter, the Hackney Labour agent whose abuse of children left some victims with AIDS with a history of abuse in Liverpool:

Ian Mikardo MP (Lab: East end, Bow, Poplar, Bethnal Green 1964-1987)

Ian Mikardo MP (Lab:  Reading 1945–50, Reading South 1950–55, Reading 1955–59, Poplar 1964–74, Bethnal Green and Bow 1974–83 and Bow and Poplar 1983–87)

“… the progress of the Child Protection bill was threatened by MP Ian Mikardo, who blocked it to protest against tactics being used by the Conservative party to block Edward Fletcher‘s bill on employment protection, the Prime Minister, James Callaghan, stepped in to ensure that the Bill received the time required to become law.[1]” [Wikipedia: Child Protection Act 1978]

On 12 May 1978 Auberon Waugh wrote ‘Save the Children’ for The Spectator  when Mikardo was MP for Bethnal Green and Bow:

“After all the recent hysteria about the Child Protection Bill, when Mr Ian Mikardo was practically accused of supporting the vile trade in child pornography, we have at last been given a chance to examine the Bill as it ambles its way through its second reading in the House of Lords. To judge from press reaction, and from statements by various opportunist MPs, one might have supposed that child pornography was a new and hideous development which somehow escaped existing legislation on obscene publication and protection of minors, while threatening to corrupt a whole generation of British schoolchildren for the unscrupulous gain of these merchants in human misery . . .”


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The story so far…

(September 2015) I am now writing a column The Art of Pervasion: Paedophiles, Politics and Power at Asterisked entries below will take you to articles published there.

[Chronological Index of Posts]

The Butler Did It – Paul Pender (2012) Murderous butler Roy Fontaine falls into the Somerset Maugham, Lord Mountbatten, Vic Oliver, Lord Boothby set during WWII

1960s: Between McAlpine and Polaris

1961-1976: Between McAlpine and Polaris –  ‘Singing Hymns to Tigers’ Jimmy Savile’s Jesuit pop priest Father George Giarchi goes back to university to study the destruction of democracy in his hometown. The establishment of US Naval Base Polaris in Dunoon and the influx of single men to a tiny town creates a growing trade in sex, a sharp increase in teenage pregnancies and the arrival of spies setting up hotels. Sir Nicholas Fairbairn defends a spy by ridiculing his attempts to pass information in court…but were other spies more successful? The sex trade servicing the US Naval ratings gradually moves across Holy Loch to the nearest town, Glasgow, and becomes more organised servicing new arrivals too – McAlpine Construction’s North Sea Oil Rig workers

1962: 52 years on – The Forgotten Fly in the Reshuffle Sir Ian Horobin, former Conservative MP for Oldham East, is forced to turn down a knighthood from Harold Macmillan due to his arrest for abusing boys aged 11+ at Fairbairn Boys’ Club in the East End. Just as Horobin is due to appear in court, Harold Macmillan culls a third of the cabinet in the long night of the knives and plucks Peter Rawlinson MP (Con: Ewell & Epsom, Surrey), Horobin’s defence counsel, just before the trial commences to become Attorney-General and promotes Home Secretary Richard Butler to Deputy Prime Minister.

1962: Albany Trust’s interview panel and Antony Grey

Barbara Kahan, Peter Righton, Louis Minster and Malta

1967/68: Antony Grey serving on NCCL’s Legal Sub-Committee

1967 – 1972: s.8 Sexual Offences Act 1967 and Sir Norman Skelhorn’s consent to prosecute vs. police powers of prosecution

1968-1970: Peter Righton, Antony Grey, Ian Greer, Raymond Clarke & The 1970 York Conference

Spring 1969: Grey writes a review for Walter Breen’s ‘Greek Love’ and receive a firm offer to co-write a book from David Kerr MP


June 1970: Michael De La Noy writes about ‘Leslie’ former MoD employee indiscreet improper letter writer

October 1970:  John D Stamford of Spartacus applied to Lord Beaumont for Director of Albany Trust, no salary required!

December 1970: Lord Beaumont ignores Grey’s Spartacus warning & urges De La Noy to use Stamford’s money

December 1970:  Stamford asks De La Noy to appear as defence witness in Spartacus obscenity prosecution

May 1971: Peter Righton establishes ACCESS with Dr Robert Chartham / Ronald Seth as trustee – watched by MI5?

July 1971: Peter Righton at the House of Lords – Lord Beaumont calls an Emergency Meeting of the Albany Trust Antony Grey returns to the Albany Trust – dispute over lease on 32 Shaftesbury Avenue and costs ‘the offices were too large and expensive for the time of retrenchment ahead’ – Grey moves the Trust to Kilburn during 1971/72 and then to Highbury before settling at 31/33 Clapham Road spring 1975 – 1976

September 1971: Lord Beaumont’s letters and Peter Righton meets Jack Profumo at Toynbee Hall

Christmas 1971/January 1972: Bishop of Stepney and Jack Profumo give Peter Righton their patronage

1972 – 1974: The Art of Pervasion

1969-1973: The Dilly Boys by Mervyn Harris (London: Croom Helm Ltd) 1973 South African journalist Harris spends time at the London School of Economics and starts researching The Dilly Boys and their customers from 1969, publishing in 1973

PLAYLAND 1970-74: When protecting ‘millionaires titled and influential’ paedophiles became paramount

1972: How Lord Longford’s Porn Inquiry and P.I. sidekick Major Matthew Oliver brought down Soho’s Dirty Squad

Battle of the Courtiers? A grudge-match beyond death: Lord Lambton vs Lord Mountbatten

May 1973: Lambton’s limited fallout obscures London-Paris trafficking and trade in young boys and under 21s

November 1973: Ian Dunn, Paedophile Information Exchange co-founder, joins Albany Society Ltd Council of Management

April-June 1974: Martin Loney, NCCL General Secretary calls for a parliamentary inquiry into Special Branch blackmailing of IRA informants as a result of the murder of Kenneth Lennon – Henry Hodge, NCCL Chairman, and 11 members of the Executive Committee eject him causing grass-roots uproar and incurring Antony Grey and Eric Thompson’s wrath

1974: Father Trevor Huddleston (Bishop of Stepney): Famous Mr X and the Rule of Law

1974 – 1976 Civil Liberties, Paedophiles and Politics

16 July 1974: Lucille Butler’s Albany Trust fundraising and networking party

September – October 1974: Paedophile Information Exchange, Paedophile Action for Liberation and NCCL Gay Rights Committee all formed

22 October 1974: The day Parliament is recalled under Harold Wilson with a majority of 3, following the second General Election of the year, the Home Office Voluntary Services Unit writes to Antony Grey to tell him they will be funding the Trust to the tune of £10k p.a. over 3 years and in the evening Antony Grey, David Barnard and Rev Michael Butler Julian Gibbs’ Albany Trust fundraising and networking party

***PIE’s call for lawyers, medics and social workers: PIE sets out to attract professional subscribers and supporters and reports its first woman member

[November?] 1974: Grey lunches with Sir Keith Joseph & invites Mrs Charles Morrison, Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party to become Albany Trust Chairman – she declines, pleased to have introduced Grey to Joseph. Raymond Clarke is already a mutual link from Grey to Joseph.

1974-1975: Keith Hose becomes member of NCCL Gay Rights Committee before accepting the Chairmanship of PIE

December 1974 – April 1975: Antony Grey absent from the Trust with Appendicitis

10 February 1975: Four new trustees join Albany Trust: Rodney Bennett-England, Harold Haywood O.B.E. (ex-Director NAYC), Sue Barnett (Family Planning Association – Grapevine) and Tony Smythe (MIND) Albany Trust moves to 31/33  Clapham Road: warehouse and 9 offices

1975 – 1977: Albany Trust, Sir Harold Haywood and the Paedophile Information Exchange drafting team – Paedophilia: Some Questions & Answers – Who was ‘John’?

1976: Minutes of PIE/PAL/Albany Trust meetings – was ‘John’ ex-BBCR3 presenter John Holmstrom?

June 1975: Who was PIE’s man in New Zealand?

September 1975: Albany Trust receives funding from Grocers’ Co & Goldsmiths Co for £2k and £1k p.a. for 3 years to fund Field Officer role / Harold Haywood becomes Chairman of Trustees

***PIE Member No. 2: Dr Michael Coulson, who was a Professor of Sanskrit at University of Edinburgh, Chairman of Scottish Minorities Group (responsible for campaigns and lobbying) and Ian Dunn’s first adult relationship, commits suicide on 16 October 1975 and in a PIE Newsletter obituary is revealed as PIE member No.2

1976: Who was the 3rd Scottish Minorities Group founder of PIE?

March 1976: Albany Trust holds Agony Aunts luncheon

July 1976: New trustees join: Sidney Bunt (ex-NAYC), Arlo Tatum (Peace News)

Oct/Nov 1976: Save the Children advertises in PIE Newsletter No.6?

Dec 1976: Lord Winstanley to Antony Grey: “Pursue Mrs Whitehouse to the end of the road, if not further!”

1975-1976: Harold Haywood, Lucilla Butler and Charles Napier – Nucleus and Albany Trust at Earl’s Court

October/November 1976: Grey invites Ian Dunn to be an Albany Trustee and travels to Edinburgh to meet Dr Alan Rodger (Thatcher’s future Lord Advocate

October 1976: Did NCCL’s trawl of List 99 radicalise PIE’s Tom O’Carroll?

December 1976: What went on in Rottingdean? Robin Bryans writes and speaks to Rev Michael Butler of the Albany Trust regarding Father Colin Gill’s abuse of boys – in April 1977 he is poisoned, in a coma, when Labour’s Attorney General Sam Silkin orders he is in contempt of court in order to restrict Bryans’ letters to Butler from being circulated further


January 1977: With compliments from Ian Dunn and while you were out, Tony Smythe of MIND called

January 1977: Sir Harold Haywood invites Lord Winstanley, Cyril Smith’s Wesminster roommate and Liberal Peer joins the Albany Trust

March 1977: The weekend of discord: Arlo Tatum, Director of Peace News as Organising Secretary of Albany Trust and Roger Moody, Editor of Peace News and PIE member

April 1977: Penthouse Magazine’s funding to NCCL for PIE’s Nettie Pollard’s role as Gay Rights Worker falters


April 1978: 1978: Tom O’Carroll writes to Antony Grey at Defence of Literature & Arts Society re ‘freedom of speech’

April-May-June 1978: 18 Lords on 18th May 1978: The Protection of Children Bill, NCCL and PIE

June/July 1978: PIE Raids, William Blake and Lord Margadale’s Estate at Fonthill, Wiltshire

August 1978: Righton’s paper for the International Association of Schools of Social Work Congress, Israel

September 1978: Patricia Hewitt issues memo to NCCL Gay Rights Committee stating paedophile cases are not civil liberties issues per se and must be dealt with by committees/departments other than solely GCR, much to Nettie Pollard’s concern


George Parker Rossman a.k.a. Jonathan Drake

July 1979: Parker Rossman and Antony Grey meet in London and correspond


1980: Savile, Malcolm Mclaren & the great child abuse swindle of 1980 and beyond

18 April 1980: Following first reports in the media on abuse at Kincora NCCL Gay Rights Committee guest attendee from Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association (NIGRA) reports Royal Ulster Constabulary are conducting a gay ‘purge’ in their investigations

1993/4: What Lord Longford’s autobiography has to say on MI6 boaster and convicted child abuser Frank Beck and his ‘honest eyes’

[Thematic Posts]

Savile’s Travels: Location, Location, Location & History, History, History

Bedfordshire nr Luton: Savile, Henlow and Shefford, East Bedfordshire

Belfast, Dublin: Savile, Dublin & Belfast: Time to re-evaluate his role in The Troubles?

Ilford Essex & East End: Come Dancing: BMU v. Mecca? Savile v. Ambrose? [1954 – 1956 Ilford Palais]

Calder Valley: Savile, St John the Baptist’s In the Wilderness, Cragg Vale & Hebden Bridge

Isle of Man: Dr Alexander Cannon & Mountbatten’s Most Secret Report: Stranger than Fiction?

Jersey: Savile in Jersey: Madge Hayes and St Helier Community Services Board

Savile’s espoused beliefs: A coherent whole or merely the actions of a compulsive collector of keys, symbols and shepherd’s crooks?

Savile: British Israelite, Loyal & Ancient Shepherd of the Empire, Messianic OddFellow?

Kincora, TARA, Robin Bryans & the British Israelites

The Relentless Gimmickry of Jimmy (Part 1)

1975/76: Albany Trust provides training for ILEA on ‘Adolescent Sexuality’

In spring 1975 the Albany Trust began talks with the Inner London Education Authority to provide training on ‘adolescent sexuality’.

David Barnard, who had joined the Trust as Organising Secretary from the National Council of Civil Liberties wrote a paper, on the basis of which ILEA had been interested in engaging the Trust to train youth workers and teachers.

On 4 – 6 November 1975 the Trust ran its course jointly with ILEA at the Hackney Teacher Centre.


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On the evening of 20 November, in the wake of the Playland Trial No. 2, Charles Hornby’s conviction, the Trustees’ letter to the Guardian asking ‘Who is exploiting whom?’ and Sir Harold Haywood’s commitment to the cause of alleviating pedophiles’ misery of isolation, the Trust holds a ‘Teenagers at Risk’ meeting. Glynis Parry had been one of the speakers at the MIND conference in early September.

Spotlight on Abuse: The Vilest Men in Britain, Sunday People, 25 May 1975

In the article above Glynis Parry, Vice President of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality had spoken in defence of pedophiles opining “they are not ill, vicious or really harmful”. Parry was a mental health psychologist working at Oakwood Hospital, Maidstone Kent at the time.

On 27 February 1976 Parry had booked the Albany Trust’s offices in Clapham for a conference on Homosexuality she was organising for other psychologists. The Trust had moved from 32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly to Clapham in 1972, remaining in South London until August 1976 when Sir Harold Haywood’s chairmanship guided them to a more illustrious setting close to Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Victoria station.

Not too long after, Antony Grey would write to Glynis Parry inviting her to be an Albany Trustee.

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1967/68: Antony Grey serving on NCCL’s Legal Sub-Committee

When PIE member Nettie Pollard invites Grey to join the NCCL Gay Rights Committee on 3rd April 1978 [see here – scroll to bottom of post] he was no stranger to the NCCL having served on the Executive Committee almost a decade previously, albeit listed with his real name – Edgar Wright. The General Secretary at the time was Tony Smythe (future Director of MIND), who 12 years later Grey would pressure into responding to Ronald Butt’s allegation in The Times [26th March 1981: Spotlightonabuse here ‘The Questions Unaswered in the Hayman case’]. Butt had stated MIND was a ‘pressure group in receipt of government money and support’ was being one of ‘most guilty of conniving at the attempt to make the pedophile ‘movement’ respectable.’

[See further blog post: With compliments from Ian Dunn and while you were out, Tony Smythe, called]

[See also: MIND Workshop September 1975 on paedophilia, chaired by Peter Righton, attended by Antony Grey and Sir Harold Haywood, with speeches by two PIE members who concurrently served on the NCCL Gay Rights Committee, Chairman Keith Hose and Nettie Pollard)

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During the passage of the Sexual Offences Bill through Parliament in 1967, Grey, as dual Secretary of the Sexual Law Reform Society and the Albany Trust, also sat on the Legal Group of the NCCL Executive Committee. Although he’d studied history at Magdelene College Oxford, Grey had also read for the Bar and had therefore undertaken legal training. Grey was very busy post royal assent for the Act, bitterly disappointed with its limited decriminalisation – not only was he sitting on NCCL’s Executive Committee he had also established a Project Study Group with Peter Righton involving Ian Greer [see further blog post here], was assisting with the editing of notorious child abuser Walter Breen’s UK publication of Greek Love and also planning to co-write a book with Dr David Kerr MP (Lab: Wandsworth Central 1964-1970) [see further blog post here]



On the Legal Board of the NCCL Grey got the opportunity to lobby with and learn from some of the leading lights of the civil liberties legal world, then and now, including:

Ben Birnberg (b. 1931 – ) civil liberties lawyer who acted for Ian Brady on being introduced by Harriet Harman’s uncle Lord Longford [Farewell to a non-fat cat lawyer, The Independent, 25 February 1999]

“He recalls his first meeting with Ian Brady, who was introduced as a client through long-time friend Lord Longford. “Brady was in a terrible state in prison – he looked like a skeleton coming out of a Nazi concentration camp.” Using an internal Home Office psychiatrist’s report, which recommended that Brady be moved to a mental hospital, Mr Birnberg started an action against the Home Office in the early 1980s and succeeded in having Brady moved to Park Lane (now Ashworth), where he has been since 1985.”

Dr Lindsey Neustatter – Albany Trust’s Deputy Chairman in 1962 – and member of the interviewing panel appointing Antony Grey to the Trust [see blog post here on Grey’s interview] had provided the initial psychiatric report on Brady in 1966 prior to his sentencing.

On retirement in 1999:

“He will also spend more time campaigning, with “maverick” MP Austin Mitchell, for a National Legal Service. He has already made submissions to the Lord Chancellor. “Needless to say, I’m a very old acquaintance of the Lord Chancellor, I think I gave him one of his first legal aid briefs – possibly the only one he has ever had.”

Lord Irvine, Tony Blair’s former Head of Chambers was the Lord Chancellor at the time Birnberg is mentioning having instructed him on a legal aid case, perhaps one of the very few. Bizarrely Austin Mitchell MP’s name is only familiar to me due to attracting headlines  a few weeks ago for declaring Labour will still win Grimsby even if the party selected a ‘raving alcoholic sex pedophile’  [Independent, 25 February 2015]

‘In his 69th year, the solicitor and his firm will have a lasting influence. His career has spanned almost two thirds of his life, during which time there have been the most radical of changes in the law, and in lawyers. The articled clerks who have been at the firm include Paul Boateng, Gareth Peirce, and Imran Khan, who acts for Stephen Lawrence’s family. Director of Liberty, John Wadham, who also worked at the firm , says: “Ben Birnberg has been an inspiration, not only to me, but to a whole generation of civil rights lawyers.”‘

John Griffith (b.1918-d.2010)  [Guardian Obituary 25 May 2010]

A leading public law scholar at the London School of Economics, I have fond memories of immersing myself in his controversial book Politics of the Judiciary (1977) when I should have been completing an undergrad essay on the separation of powers in Constitutional & Admin law.

“In common with his friend Ralph Miliband, Griffith had absorbed much of Laski’s socialist radicalism, and his more explicitly political analyses tended to highlight the authoritarian nature of government and in particular the close political, social and class linkages of the elites in power. It was therefore hardly surprising that he advanced a radical critique of the role of the judiciary, especially when it strayed into the field of politics.” [from Guardian obituary above]

Alan Paterson: (b.1911- d.1999) Guardian Obituary

“…provided the legal expertise to the National Council for Civil Liberties (now Liberty) during its crucial period of growth in the 1960s. A right-hand man to director general Martin Ennals, he was also a founder, trustee and administrator for the Cobden Trust, the NCCL’s sister charity.

In 1970, Paterson wrote one of Cobden’s early publications, Legal Aid as a Social Service. Its conclusions could be taken to heart today by a government which no longer views the law as a social service.”

Alan Paterson’s daughter Tess Gill became NCCL Vice Chairman in 1976, the year the battle with PIE putting forward motions at the NCCL’s AGM had raged most ferociously and Jack Dromey MP had been co-opted back onto the Executive Committee

“On their retirement, they moved to Calne, Wiltshire, opening their home as a haven for their family and for their daughter Tess and her colleagues on the NCCL women’s committee to plan their next campaigns.”

Cedric Thornberry (b.1936- d.2014) [Guardian Obituary] Also a lecturer at London School of Economics who would later become Assistant General Secretary to UN and advisor to NATO. It was during 1967/8 he left his first wife and children (his daughter, until recently Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General, Emily Thornberry MP Lab: Islington South since 2005, and her two younger brothers)

“Her mother Sallie, alas no longer with us, was a most courageous and distinguished person, and also much-loved by political allies and opponents alike. She was a teacher by profession, and an active and popular Labour councillor who became, despite the privations and difficulties of her life, Mayor of Guildford in Surrey, by no means a Labour town.

But the family was not fatherless in the sense that it had never had a father. Nor was Sallie Thornberry unmarried. On the contrary, she was married to a distinguished and talented academic lawyer, Cedric Thornberry, who lectured at the London School of Economics, and rose to become Assistant General Secretary of the United Nations. He is still active in the international human rights industry.

I do not know or seek to know exactly how he came to leave the family home, though he did so when his daughter was seven and his sons even younger. It is perhaps significant that Emily Thornberry omits all reference to him from her entry in ‘Who’s Who’ (those in Who’s Who’ write their own entries), though she does mention her mother.” [The phoney outrage of Emily Thornberry, Christopher Hitchens, Daily Mail, 18 June 2012]

In 1968 Michael Schofield, a fellow Albany Trustee, would join Grey on the NCCL Executive Committee further strengthening the links between the two organisations. Grey and Doreen Cordell’s animosity towards one another would fester throughout 1969 until Grey’s resignation and replacement with Michael De La Noy as Director of the Trust in December 1970.

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[Excerpt above from blog post: July 1971 – Peter Righton at the House of Lords, Lord Beaumont calls an emergency meeting for 12 friends of the Albany Trust]













1974: Martin Loney calls for inquiry into Special Branch blackmailing informers – NCCL eject him

Antony Grey had met Eric J. Thompson, who became his life partner in 1960 when they were both living in Belsize Park, North London. By the early 1970s Eric, specialising in population planning, had become Chairman of the Census Research Group and Assistant Director of the Greater London Council (‘GLC’) Intelligence Unit and the pair had moved to Uplands Road in Hornsey/Crouch End, N8. Antony and Eric also sat on the Executive Committee of the Defence of Literature & Arts Society (‘DLAS’) together with familiar names such as Lord Winstanley. Since renamed the Campaign Against Censorship (‘CAC’) the group was originally formed in 1968 to campaign against laws on censorship.

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Guardian 7 September 1974






In 1968 Eric also joined Grey at the National Council of Civil Liberties, not on the Executive Committee but on the Standing Orders Committee (‘SOC’) which met four times a year to consider motions to put forward to the Executive Committee for the AGM each year.


Report of the Standing Committee NCCL 1967/68

In 1972 Tony Smythe had resigned as General Secretary of NCCl to become field director of the American Civil Liberties Union and Martin Loney was appointed on 28 January 1973. Born in Bradford, Leeds, Loney had graduated from Durham University in Sociology and was working as Research Director for the World University Service in Geneva.

Loney, then aged 28, had barely been in position for a fortnight, appointed as General Secretary of NCCL in May 1973 when Thompson wrote to him regarding affiliation with individual branches of the National Association of Local Government Officers (‘NALGO’) which Thompson as a GLC employee was a member of.

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In the NCCL Annual Report 1973/1974 the Council believed that Northern Ireland was being used as

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with serious implications for Britain beyond the immediate concerns of ‘the troubles’ in that the ‘experiments’ may cross the Irish Sea.

[See further blog posts: Dr Morris Fraser, Belfast, New York Long Island, Islington and Savile, Dublin & Belfast: Time to re-evaluate his role in the ‘The Troubles’? ]

In September Patricia Hewitt joined NCCL has the first Women’s Rights Officer. [Liberty Begins at home, Guardian 12 December 1974]

Guardian 17 April 1974

Guardian 17 April 1974


Lennon said: Yard forced me into crime, 17 April 1974 The Guardian

Lennon said: Yard forced me into crime, 17 April 1974 The Guardian







Lennon had been on trial for the Winson Green plot in Birmingham Crown Court on Monday 8 April,Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 10.57.25 acquitted while his co-defendant was jailed for 3 years. Court testimony that Lennon had been “frank and honest with the police when they asked him questions” alerted the IRA to the fact that Lennon had been a Special Branch informer.

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Lennon said: Yard forced me into crime, 17 April 1974 The Guardian

On Tuesday 9 April he ended up on Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho and over a brandy told George Melly his rambling story of being blackmailed by Special Branch into informing on the IRA following being approached in Luton, Bedfordshire on the hospital steps where his wife was being treated for brain tumours. Born in Ulster, Lennon and his family came from a staunchly Republican border town Co. Down. Melly suggested Lennon tell the NCCL his story and so the very next day, Wednesday 9 April,  Martin Loney and NCCL legal officer Larry Grant found themselves taking a 17 page statement from Lennon as he recounted the events of Special Branch’s blackmail on him to enter into various illegal escapades while informing on the IRA.

By Thursday 10 April Lennon had been shot in the back of the head and was found face down in a ditch in Chipstead, Surrey.

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April 1974 NCCL Press Conference: Martin Loney Showing Signed Statement From Victim Kenneth Lennon (behind Larry Grant NCCL Legal officer)

On 16 April, 3 hours before NCCL called a press conference to demand a full-scale Parliamentary Inquiry into the activities of Special Branch in the days before Lennon’s murder a call was received at their offices threatening to kill 2 members of NCCL staff before the end of the week. Loney pressed on regardless with the press conference.

Two clues may hold keys to Lennon's last hours, 20 April 1974 Guardian

Two clues may hold keys to Lennon’s last hours, 20 April 1974 Guardian

On Thursday 7 June, Loney was sacked by the Executive Committee of NCCL chaired by Henry Hodge. Only 5 of the Executive Committee were shocked at the sudden turn of events.

Dr Jock Young, a lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex Polytechnic, resigned immediately sending a letter to the EC stating

“In all my years of political activity, I have never seen such a vicious hatchet job as that carried out on the NCCL General Secretary last night. If that is your committee’s idea of civil liberties, I’m glad to be out of it” [NCCL Split over sacking, Guardian, June 8 1974]

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Guardian 8 June 1974 NCCL split over sacking


Mr Morris Pollack didn’t resign but started to gather the 50 signatures needed to call an Emergency General Meeting to condemn the EC’s action led by Hodge and ask for Loney’s reinstatement. Those employed by the NCCL as staff (as opposed to the Executive Committee) were also very unhappy about the way in which the decision had been reached and executed.

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Guardian 8 June 1974 NCCL split over sacking

Tony Smythe, Director of MIND, had left the sacking meeting before the vote took place saying “I moved a motion to get everyone to withdraw their resolutions. It seemed to me that a bit of reconciliation was necessary. A number of very trivial arguments were put forward as reasons for the dismissal.”

After the meeting Loney said the E.C led by Hodge had “behaved with the sophistication  of a drunk on a bulldozer.” He said his dismissal had been pre-arranged and that Hodge, as Chairman, had only called the meeting because Loney had refused to be pressured into resigning privately. “I would not do the gentlemanly thing and resign. I thought the NCCL members should have a chance to know what was going on.”

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Guardian 8 June 1974 NCCL split over sacking

 19 June 1974: The ‘Emergency General Meeting’ & the Grey/Thompson machinations

By Wednesday 19 June over 50 NCCL members had requested a ‘Special General Meeting’ to ask why Loney had been sacked. 181 individual members attended the meeting and 139 voting cards were issued to affiliated organisations. The meeting opened at 10.30am with Henry Hodge in his role as Chairman of the E.C. of the NCCL.  Eric Thompson and Antony Grey attended, quietly seething at Hodge’s ineptness at losing control of Loney.

By 11.45 am the following motion had been tabled to be carried – the rest of the day was spent with various factions trying to amend or dilute the condemnation of the NCCL Executive Committee’s actions by its members in order to prevent Hodge and the 11 other Executive Committee members who had ejected Loney from being deposed with a vote of no confidence.

“Motion by various members requesting the Special General Meeting:

“At a time of increasing attacks on the fundamentals of liberty this Emergency General Meeting reaffirms the need for a militant civil liberties organisation. This meeting deplores the irresponsible behaviour of those members of the Executive Committee responsible for the sacking of the General Secretary. In view of:

a) the adverse consequence this had in the Council’s political credibility and financial solvency;

b) the divisive effect this has had on the Council;

c) the absence of any reasoned explanation for this action;

this meeting declares its lack of confidence in those Executive Committee members responsible. This meeting recognises that the National Council of Civil Liberties faces a difficult financial situation and commits itself to fight to preserve and extend the NCCL so that it can continue to play a key role in the defence of civil liberties.”


Attachment from Eric Thompson to Mr Crampton 25/10/1974 reporting on the SGM to NALGO Branch Meeting

In Eric Thompson’s report to Mr Crampton, dated 25 October 1974 it becomes apparent how the Emergency General Meeting was manipulated. In the confusion of a group walking out and then returning Eric Thompson took the opportunity to move his amending motion to the above, seconded by Antony Grey (as Edgar Wright) which was carried:

Delete all after ‘deplores’ on line 3 and substitute:

This meeting deplores:

“the increasing weakness of the Council over the last two years and calls on the EC to take tighter control over the office and to give priority to building up a strong parliamentary civil liberties group and an active national civil liberties campaign.”

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Letter from Antony Grey and Eric Thompson to Henry Hodge June/July 1974

Having averted Hodge and the EC’s deposal Antony and Eric wrote a scathing joint letter to Hodge to make it clear they had ‘rescued’ the NCCL Executive Committee.

Together they reminded Hodge “the giving of priority to building up a strong and active Civil Liberties Group of MPs” should be acted on before the next AGM in April 1975 and that they had asked him and the EC to take “tighter control over the office”.

“We trust that you will be able to give the next AGM a positive report on all the above points, and that from now on there will be no divisiveness in making the NCCL into the strong and successful force which it must be if everyone’s civil liberties are to be safeguarded.”

As was to become the focus of the NCCL Gay Rights’ Committee in 1975, everyone’s civil liberties would include those of pedophiles as a priority.

On 28 November 2007 a curious comment was left under an article about Labour Party funding on The Guardian website by a Martin Loney, PhD:

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In November 1974 the Starrit Report was published clearing Special Branch of any wrong-doing in relation to Lennon’s murder, the Paedophile Information Exchange was established,  and Patricia Hewitt was confirmed as General Secretary of the NCCL (having been Acting GS since Loney’s undignified ejection). [Liberty Begins at home, Guardian 12 December 1974]

Lennon report clears police, 29 November 1974, The Guardian

Lennon report clears police, 29 November 1974, The Guardian