National Council for Civil Liberties

12 Sept 1978: Hewitt tries to refocus NCCL Gay Rights Committee away from fighting paedophile cases as civil liberties issues per se

In January 1978 Tom O’Carroll had been dismissed by the Open University, in June the News of the World had infiltrated PIE’s AGM and in August the Protection of Children Act had entered into force.

On 12 September 1978 the NCCL Gay Rights Committee got together at the NCCL offices for their regular monthly meeting.

Letters to NUPE re free speech. Alan [Deighton] had discussed this with Patricia Hewitt. This was further discussed under item below.

Article for Rights! on chemical castration. This was temporarily suspended, due to discussions about rumoured new home Office policy. Nettie meeting with MIND on this on Bill Pate case. It was doubted that exact Home Office policy would be stated (prison secrets etc…)

Protection of Children Bill. Bill [Forrester] was in touch with Hattie [Harman] about how this was to be monitored. David Offenbach agreed to monitor prosecutions under the Act, and relay information to Hattie. Attempts to have PIE proscribed, and to prosecute its publications were discussed.

 

3. Paedophilia

A memo on ‘Paedophilia’ from Patricia Hewitt was read out and noted (memo appended) [scroll down for the document and Nettie Pollard’s note to Antony Grey]

 

5. NUPE and Free Speech

In the light of the Memo on ‘Paedophilia’ it was agreed that Roland [Jeffrey] contact Patricia Hewitt and ask her to again approach NUPE for a more satisfactory response over their members apparent attempt to prevent a discussion of, inter alia, paedophilia. Roland to ask Patricia for progress report so far and to invite her to next GRC meeting.

 

11. Visit to Brynmor John

Roland report on joint NCCL/JCWI visit on non-national gay lovers. Pending the outcome of the appeals of the cases in question, John would consider using his ministerial discretion; no guidelines were given, though he indicated that ‘persecution’ in the country of origin of the non-national partner would impress him strongly as grounds for the exercise of discretion.

 

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Patricia Hewitt’s Memo on Paedophilia to staff and members of the NCCL Gay Rights Sub-Committee  during September 1978 attempted to re-focus the GCR’s almost exclusive scope on paeodophile civil liberties which left Nettie Pollard aghast. When forwarding the note to Antony Grey she prefers to construe Hewitt’s memo as a threat by NCCL to drop all issues relating to sexuality:

“Seriously Antony, this paper is really saying is that the powers in NCCL want NCCL to have nothing to do with the subject. For example, the thing to do with Tom O’C being thrown out of Swansea (you may remember seeing Patricia with Roland and me at the start of the year) – this has still got nowhere at all inspite of about six separate reminders from people on the Committee.
If were (sic) are not viligant NCCL will quietly drop all issues to do with sexuality.
Love Nettie”

Hewitt had not asked for all matters relating to paedophilia to be dropped. Cases where the ‘relationship’ involved a child of 14 or over (as submitted by NCCL to the Criminal Law Revision Committee), the NCCL Legal team or Gay Rights Committee may still appropriately become involved in.

“The EC [Executive Committee] agreed that paedophilia was not itself a civil liberties issue. In particular, it is not a gay rights issue and does not therefore fall within the scope of the gay rights committee.”

 

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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]

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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]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1974-75: Keith Hose’s concurrent NCCL-PIE roles

photo 1-34PIE was ‘officially’ formed in October 1974 by three co-founders from the Scottish Minorities Group not just Ian Dunn and Michael Hanson who have previously been identified in the press [see further: A 3rd co-founder of PIE?]

Keith Hose took over as Chairman in June at a meeting of the Executive Committee  at Ivor Street, Camden, NW1 in June 1975 following PIE’s first AGM in March held in Edinburgh.

According to the NCCL Annual Report 74/75 on the work and membership of the Gay Rights Committee Keith had been serving on the NCCL Gay Rights Committee for the year of 1974 (see below) when he attended the event “First International Gay Rights Congress” organised by Ian Dunn and Derek Ogg for 18 -22 December. Keith attended (on behalf of NCCL GCR or on his own behalf?) and heard Frank Kameny of the US Mattachine Society speak calling for more militancy in the movement.

Six months later, while still a member of the NCCL Gay Rights Committee with fellow PIE member Nettie Pollard, Keith Hose concurrently held the office of PIE’s chairman. Michael Schofield who was on the NCCL GCR’s committee with Keith at the time had also been involved with the Albany Trust since 1968 [see further for Schofield’s telephone conversation with Dr Charlotte Wolff over Peter Righton’s attempt to take control of the Trust’s counselling case files in 1971]

See further for more information on the NCCL’s association with PIE’s second chairman after Keith Hose: Did NCCL’s 1976 trawl of List 99 radicalise PIE’s Tom O’Carroll?

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PIE Newsletter No.6 [Published late July/early August 1975]

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Executive Committee of PIE met on 22 June 1975  when 23 year old Keith Hose stepped in as Chairman and Treasurer, with Warren Middleton as the new Vice-Chairman (newsletter production).

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In July 2011 Warren Middleton (a.k.a John Parratt) John Parratt, 63, a former vice chairman of Pie, also known as Warren Middleton, was jailed for 12 months for having indecent images.

Interestingly, Parratt’s address in this 1990 Daily Star article is given as Harwood Court, Upper Richmond Road, Putney is just over a mile from Elm Guest House.

 

 

 

All the other original members of the Executive Committee had resigned leaving Keith as the the only real choice. Michael Hanson, a student at Edinburgh University, who had been a member of Scottish Minorities Group and founded PIE all while taking his final exams was leaving the country.

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 “Keith’s appointment was very much to be expected as he has vast experience of the ‘gay rights movement’ and is very well-known to prominent campaigners. A long serving member of the EC, Keith will be remembered by all those who came to the PIE London gathering in March. Like Michael, he is a dedicated campaigner and is completely open about his proclivities. Having substantial influence in the gay scene, he is also a prominent member of Icebreakers, and is a member of the NCCL Gay Rights Sub-Committee. Additionally, Keith will be remembered by many readers as the author of a highly intelligent article on paedophilia in ‘Quorum’ magazine. He has been the author of numerous other articles and has recently been featured in both ‘Time Out’ magazine and ‘Gay News’. He will shortly be writing a feature article on the aims of PIE and how our organisation is attempting to tackle the sexual problems of pedophiles – at the invitation of ‘Time Out‘.”

Warren Middleton (John Parratt) was a member of the British Library then engaged in research on the works of the Victorian Calamites.

 

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PIE Newsletter No 8 (late 1975) – Save the Children advert?

 

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Children as Young as 8 were abused at school linked to pedophile MP Cyril Smith [Mirror, April 2014]

And in late 1975, PIE Newsletter No. 8 carried what appears to be a genuine advert at the bottom of page 5 requesting donations for the Save the Children Fund at offices on 157 Clapham Road.  If Save the Children were advertising with Paedophile Information Exchange at this time it will be important to find who the advertising contact was made through.

 

With thanks to @snowfaked for info below on Hayman and Henniker-Major’s connections to Save the Children:

Sir Peter Hayman’s connections to Save the Children and the International Students House were forged through his wife (not mother) Rosemary Blomefield. Sir John Henniker-Major’s wife Lady Henniker-Major was also ‘very active in the overseas relief and fundraising work of the Save the Children Fund and its Danish sister organisation Red Barnet.” Lord Gore-Booth (of Malty, West Ridings of York), a noted British diplomat and Chairman of The Save the Children Fund 1970 – 1976 wrote Lady Henniker-Major’s obituary.

 

'Security Issue' Knight named in pedophile case in Britain, 19 March 1981, Canberra Times

‘Security Issue’ Knight named in pedophile case in Britain, 19 March 1981, Canberra Times, CLICK ABOVE for link to full article

 

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Apparently PIE had already moved to Home Office funded Release on Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale (near the BBC Maida Vale Studios on Delamere Road) within about a year of forming, before Christian Wolmar arrived at the office in 1976:

“Under O’Carroll’s astute leadership, PIE developed a strategy to infiltrate the wider libertarian movement. I had personal experience of this. I worked for Release, an agency that helped people with legal and drug problems. When I started there in 1976, PIE was using its address, the respectable sounding 1 Elgin Avenue, London W9. There were plenty of offices available, but allying itself with the Home Office-funded Release and an auspicious address gave PIE respectability. When I asked other members of the collective about it, they were very vague, and so we invited a speaker from PIE to a meeting. He gave us the benefit of his views, which were not only that there should be no age of consent, but that by banning underage sex adults were actually being cruel to children by denying them their sexuality and excluding them from an enjoyable experience. The poste restante arrangement was ended forthwith.” [Christian Wolmar, Looking back to the Great British Paedophile Infiltration campaign of the 1970s, 27 February 2014, Independent]

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Also note that PIE’s announcement of Paedophile Action for Liberation (PAL’s) ‘official’ affiliation with the National Council of Civil Liberties coincides with the announcement of PAL’s leaders, Tony Hughes and Keith Newton, receiving non-custodial sentences for their sexual assault of a 9 year old boy. The process of arrest and trial would have been underway prior to NCCL’s generous offer to affiliate and certainly didn’t dissuade NCCL that affiliation was a good idea. And if this was ‘official’ affiliation did a period of non-official affiliation exist beforehand?

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Palaver No.3 June/July 1975

 

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Palaver No.3 (June/July 1975) below reports that the NCCL’s affiliation was indeed ‘prompted very largely by recent events’ – police investigations following the Sunday People’s headline on 1 June 1975.

“In effect this means that we will be in a position to seek support from NCCL in the event of any future ‘troubles’.”

As the move towards the unionisation of pedophiles gathered momentum bolstered with the promise of NCCL’s legal clout behind them, Charles Napier and Roger Moody engaged in a spot of public debating in pedophile newsletters over what would be gained by going on strike, asking whether withdrawing pedophile labour from youth services and schools could effectively force the abolition of the age of consent and override parental control of children:

 

What is required is:
1) a very careful analysis of the role we paedophiles play in bulwarking repression (if all boy lovers in approved schools and private boarding schools were to strike, how many would be forced to close?)
2) a building of solidarity in struggle — which is woefully lacking at present (has any paedophile in this country really fought on behalf of an imprisoned fellow paedophile?) and
3) a revolutionary, perspective on social change and minority sexual rights. (Specifically, this would mean refusing to work for a mere lowering of the age of consent, or a mere handing-over of control of the young, from the courts to parents.)
May I invite anyone who is concerned in tackling these issues to contact me as soon as possible.

Roger Moody, 123 Dartmouth Park Hill, London N19. [Spotlightonabuse: Paedophile Politics, Gay Left, Issue 2, Spring 1976]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 1977: Penthouse funding to NCCL for PIE’s Nettie Pollard falters

*again with thanks to A.N.Other

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Penthouse owner Bob Guccione

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A 1977 new model telephone

 

 

In April 1977, PIE member and NCCL Gay Rights worker Nettie Pollard almost lost her job. While she was busy writing to the Lord Chancellor’s office to request that Judge Alan King-Hamilton be disciplined for his comments on the Paedophile Information Exchange (looking like one big blackmail set-up)* during the case of R v Andre Thorne, the Penthouse grant from Bob Guccione which funded her role at NCCL was due for renewal in June or October that year. As ever, Lord Beaumont was Nettie’s first port of call in the House of Lords (despite no longer being Albany Trust chairman) when her plea for admonishment fell on deaf ears at the LC’s office.

Geoffrey Robertson, then a barrister of 4 years call, considered it a ‘moot point’ as to whether it would be renewed and was having discussions with Guccione as to conditions being attached to renewal. Robertson stated that the current grant had been given to support gay rights work but that Patricia [Hewitt’s] subsequent conversations with Penthouse meant that may have been altered.

The fact that Penthouse was acceptable funding for NCCL Gay Rights Committee staff and came with conditions shouldn’t perhaps be surprising in the context of Peter Righton’s fellow ACCESS trustee Dr Robert Chartham/Ronald Seth also being Penthouse Forum’s agony uncle, providing free 1 hour sessions on Wednesdays at a ‘clinic’, or Dr Charlotte Wolff or Michael De La Noy publishing articles there.

[*N.B. Judge Alan King-Hamilton presided at Playland Trial No. 2, Charles Hornby in July – September 1975 – David Archer’s dossier of ‘millionaires, influential and titled people’ escaping prosecution for abuse of boys at the Piccadilly amusement arcade]

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