Peter Righton

3 PIE Founders Righton Coulson & Dunn help launch NUS Gay Rights Campaign [20.10.1973]

On Saturday  20th October 1973, 12 months prior to founding the Paedophile Information Exchange two of its earliest members — Peter Righton – #51 and Dr Michael Coulson – #2 — came together to help the National Union of Students (NUS) launch its Gay Rights’ Campaign at its inaugural conference in Bristol.

In the audience of the Anson room, ready to join the afternoon’s workshops to inspire a new generation of University Gay Society leaders was Ian Dunn, another pivotal PIE founding member (and partner of Dr Michael Coulson) and, although no individual names are given, Hull University’s Sexual Liberation Society is listed as sending delegates. Keith Hose, who would become PIE’s first Chairman mid-1975, was the contact point in 1972’s first edition of Gay News for the SLS at Hull.

Almost a year to the day before the first advert for PIE would appear in Gay News, Bristol University’s Student Union President Trevor Locke had managed to gather in one room at least three, (Righton, Coulson and Dunn) if not four (Keith Hose) pro-paedophile activists who would shortly become PIE’s leading lights.



NUS Gay Rights Conference, October 20th 1973, Trevor Locke’s 2nd Edition, September 1973


Although Trevor originally billed Righton as speaking on behalf of ACCESS on the topic of ‘Counselling homosexuals’, by the 3rd and final edition of the delegates’ pack Righton’s title appeared as ‘Head, Children’s Centre, National Children’s Bureau’




While the CHE Legal Reform Committee was seeking students studying Law or Sociology (Locke’s area of study) to assist with their work, Locke was keen to offer his own legal assistance to students directly: “Additionally if you are in trouble with the law please contact me as I might be able to help you.”






Locke’s offer of support for those in trouble with the law was much appreciated by Peter Chapman, a 45 year old Bristol man charged with indecent assault on a 15 year old boy. Chapman wrote into Gay News to thank him and report he had received a £50 fine appearing at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on 3 December 1974.

Gay News No 63 Jan - Feb 1975

Gay News No 63 Jan – Feb 1975

Although Locke had pencilled in a lawyer to speak on Law Reform to the NUS Conference, at some point during September/early October it was decided that Edinburgh University’s Professor of Sanskrit Dr Michael Coulson (1) would speak on law reform, and Coulson raised an important point about how it would be achieved:

“The removal of legal injustices towards Gays can only be achieved by Parliamentary enactment, and that is only possible if MPs want it. In the last resort, therefore a law reform campaign is a campaign of pressure upon MPs, whether in their private capacity or as members of a government.”




Did other PIE members agree with PIE Member No 2 about placing pressure on MPs in their private lives before his abrupt suicide in October 1975?



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



Jan 1970: Righton’s lack of attendance as a counsellor to Royal St Katherine’s, Stepney

For context please see blog post 1968-1970: Peter Righton, Antony Grey, Ian Greer, Raymond Clarke & The 1970 York Conference

During the spring and summer of 1970 analysis of the responses to the Social Needs questionnaire was undertaken. A weekend residential conference entitled ‘Social Needs’ and sponsored by the Albany Trust and the Yorkshire Council of Social Service’s Raymond Clarke (a protege of Sir Keith Joseph) was scheduled to take place at York University in July 1970 to discuss the results of the survey and implications for future work and Grey was keen to have the results of the survey to present at the conference.

In January 1970 Antony Grey wrote to Peter Righton to ask for his help in analysing the ‘Social Needs’ questionnaire.

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photo 3-13In the meantime Righton’s busy schedule meant that his Albany Trust nomination as one of the five volunteers to provide counselling at St Katherine’s gay group based in Limehouse (under the auspices of Bishop of Stepney, Father Trevor Huddleston and the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield) was causing problems due to his non-attendance, leaving others such as Rev Malcolm Johnson to cover gaps in the rota.

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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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Another DES funded ‘Youth Experiment Project’, Henniker-Major & a WWII Military Intelligence Analyst

Within 2 months of the MIND/PIE/Albany Trust Workshop…[See before reading below: 1972 – 1976: The Art of Pervasion – Playland, Paedophiles, Power and Politics  – [Sir] Harold Haywood meets PIE hosted by MIND with other Albany Trustees – all six write to The Guardian to plead the case for vulnerable ‘bisexual’ married men indulging in a spot of extra-marital pederasty and beg the question ‘Who is exploiting whom?’ – Albany Trust, PIE & PAL begin co-drafting Paedophilia: Some Questions & Answers which a year later is used by PIE to drop in MPs pigeon-holes at Westminster during the passage of the Protection of Children Bill March/April 1978]


On 27 November 1975 Mr A Prosser, Department of Education & Science, agreed to provide a grant to Albany Trust specifically towards the support of a full-time Youth Officer.[i] Briefly during this early period 1974-1976 when Grey and Haywood move towards successfully securing government funds to extend the work of the Albany Trust, two Ministers of State for Education & Science in quick succession were Reginald Prentice MP (5 March 1974 – 10 June 1975) and Fred Mulley MP[Lab: Sheffield Park 1953-1980] (DES: 10 June 1975 – 10 September 1976) appointed under Harold Wilson’s second term as Prime Minister. Prentice was to later cross the floor and become a Conservative MP, given a peerage under Thatcher.

“The Albany Trust/DES Youth and Sexuality Project which ran from the summer of 1976 when the first Youth officer, Ric Rogers, was appointed, until October 1979 when his successor, Alan Smith, presented his final report. Whereas Rogers had concentrated his out-of-London activities in two main areas – the East Midlands and the North East – Alan Smith followed a more general itinerary, going wherever he found that a local authority or youth organization training programme wanted him to offer a training event.” [grey / footnotes]

The Youth and Sexuality Project report did not find much favour with W.H.Miller of DES when it was finally received by the department in late 1979. By then the DES came under Mark Carlisle MP who was to last [ ] months under Thatcher’s first term before [Sir] Keith Joseph took over for the next 5 years. Miller wrote to make clear that despite funding the ‘Experimental Project’ for 3 years the Department did not want their name attached to the report.

“This is of course a report by the Albany Trust and publication is primarily a matter for the Trust. It would not be proper for the Department to oppose publication, although I should emphasis that this does not mean that the Department supports the views expressed. If you do decide to publish, you will no doubt wish to correct the typographical errors and make it clear that this is an Albany Trust project which the Department agreed to support in 1976, as an experimental project (rather than a project funded by the Department through the Trust).”[ii]

In contrast Grey was either somehow unaware that the DES under Thatcher had expressed a cool distance between the Youth Worker ‘Youth and Sexuality’ Experimental Project or its resulting report (along with a sneer at the typos) and instead in Quest for Justice signposted the report as residing somewhere within the DES

“The Albany Trust’s existence during its final years of activity is amply justified by this impressive report. Doubtless it is now mouldering forgotten in some dusty pigeonhole at the Department of Education. It should be resurrected, studied afresh, and acted upon.”[iii]


[i] Referenced in a letter from Rodney Bennet England to John Leigh (DES) dated 13th February 1978

[ii] Letter from WH Miller (DES) to Rodney Bennett-England (Albany Trust) dated 18th January 1980, DES Ref: YO21/30/206 [for finding other files residing in DES, YO presumably stands for Youth Officer or Youth Office?]

[iii] Grey Loc 3960/6001

Shortly before [Sir] Harold Haywood departed the Trust for the Prince’s Trust for Young People, Ric Rogers resigned as Albany’s Youth Worker to move to the National Youth Bureau. Alan Smith replaced him and in mid September 1978 wrote the following outline of the Experiment for submission as one of the charities being funded by DES as ‘youth experiment projects’.


From details of other charitable projects being supported by the DES as Youth Experimental Projects running parallel and receiving DES experimental government funding was Inter-Action’s Make-It-Yourself project – which sounds like quite a fun proto Junior Apprentice business production project or ‘community education experiment’.



The history of Inter-Action and Kentish Town City Farm – a year after this document Prince Charles is filmed giving a speech and visiting the Kentish Town City Farm – an associate of Righton’s, Sir John Henniker-Major was a city farm adviser to the charity presumably for his establishment of the Islington-Suffolk Project.


ED Berman’s theatre group the Ambiance ended up on Rupert Street in 1971 – equidistant between the Albany Trust at 32 Shaftesbury Avenue and Playland the amusement arcade on Coventry Street. Laurence Collinson who Antony Grey would later study Transactional Analysis with put on a play here during Gay Play season of 1975.

Clive Barker’s Theatre Games of 1977

Pamela Rose and her husband EJB Rose who as it happens was a noted military intelligence analyst during WWII – New York Times obituary 1999

“The advance knowledge of German plans, so laboriously deciphered at Bletchley Park, helped Britain when it was fighting alone against the Nazis, and Mr. Rose was head of the section that determined the military importance of the information they received.”

[Sir] Christopher Chataway (Former Conservative MP for Lewisham North – 1966 and then Chichester 1969-1974) Privy Councillor

American Names Association Timeline of Lloyd’s re-insurance market and asbestosis claims

Ian Hay Davison – became the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Lloyd’s re-insurance market in the 1990s and became Chairman

In 1988 Ian Hay Davison wrote A View of the Room: Lloyd’s Change & Disclosure

British watchdogs sacked by Dubai over their advice


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How to rescue a bank: be firm, be quick, be quiet, Ian Hay Davison draws lessons for the handling of the Northern Rock crisis from his experience as chairman of National Mortgage Bank after its collapse in 1992

David Kingsley: (1929 – 2014) Guardian Obituary Labour’s first spin doctor who was one of the 3 men advising Wilson during 1966-1970, fell out of favour after surprise loss of Wilson to Heath in 1970. Only went back into politics for Social Democrats in 1981.




Familiar names amongst the City Farm Advisers:

Sir John Henniker-Major (1916-2004)

British Council Director, Ambassador to Jordan and Denmark during the 1960s until retirement in 1972, Henniker-Major had also worked in Argentina for 7 years after Burgess revelations. While Peter Righton was being investigated by the police in 1993, the Islington-Suffolk project on Baron Henniker’s estate gave him sanctuary . Henniker-Major was Chairman of Suffolk County Council and a former Liberal parliamentary candidate. Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (Duke of Edinburgh before he married the Queen) had attended Sir John’s eldest son’s christening, named as his godfather in November 1947.

Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief (6.5.93) [Evening Standard, Eileen Fairweather & Stewart]

“Recent scandals in residential childcare have led experts to believe that paedophile staff may be ‘networking’ nationally to exchange children and pornography – even protection. But only now are moves afoot to address this problem with investigators planning to meet Mr Herbert Laming, chief inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate, to request a co-ordinated nationwide team.

In the meantime it was left for officers investigating Righton to contact their counterparts in Suffolk to establish why he had gone to live there.

The Henniker estate has been the family home since 1756, a rambling mansion house set in farmland and woods. Day-to-day running of the estate has passed to the Lord’s son and heir Mark, 45, and his wife.”

In 2005, Baron Henniker-Major’s grandson Freddy, the 4th youngest of Lesley and Mark’s children committed suicide aged 21. [Inquest into death of Peer’s Son, Ipswich Star, 11 July 2007]  Born in 1983, Freddy was aged 10/11 when Peter Righton arrived at a cottage on his father’s estate.

“As the extent of his alleged activities emerged, police discovered that Righton had moved to the Henniker estate. Suffolk social workers were alerted to establish the circumstances in which he was living.

Lord Henniker, 77, told the Standard he did not know Righton and was not responsible for him living on the estate. ‘The estate belongs to my son.’

His son’s wife, Mrs Lesley Henniker-Major, said: ‘Mr Righton is a tenant. He came to us through an estate agent with impeccable references.’

She said she was not aware of the current investigation but had been told of his previous conviction for possessing indecent material by police and social workers. ‘I was very upset. But I have discussed this with Mr Righton and he tells me this material was unsolicited. I am a mother of five and I am very careful. I am not at all worried. He is innocent until proven guilty.’”


– The Rt Rev. Trevor Huddleston (Bishop of Stepney)

Bishop of Stepney who was being whisked away to Mauritius in 1978 due to the mounting allegations against him in the East End of London. See further for John Junor’s frustrated attempts to report and Attorney General Sam Silkin’s admissions to the BBC at Famous Mr X and the Rule of Law

1971: Bishop of Stepney’s promise of patronage  for Peter Righton’s ACCESS along with Jack Profumo

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Brother of Sir Peter Morrison, a ‘noted pederast’ who was Thatcher’s PPS. Lord Margadale, Charles and Peter’s father had Thatcher & Denis to holiday on his whisky producing Islay estate in the summer of 1977 and 1978. Lord Margadale had previously entertained two other of Savile’s favourites: Princess Alexandra (whose husband Sir Angus Ogilvy he’d been Vice-President to his Presidency of the National Association of Youth Clubs while Sir Harold Haywood reigned) and Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath.

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Glasgow Herald, 16 August 1979

It was Lord Margadale who had declared in 1976/1977 at his family home that Thatcher would be the next Prime Minister: Did Maggie know her closest aide was preying on under-age boys? [Daily Mail, Sue Reid, 16 July 2014]. By May 1979 she’d won the election and Peter Morrison began his slippery ascent.




– Tony Smythe (former MIND Director, Albany Trustee, NCCL)

Smythe had organised the Sexual Minorities Workshop, chaired by Peter Righton, where Haywood was introduced to PIE members Keith Hose (Chairman & NCCL) and Nettie Pollard (NCCL Gay Rights Worker)and reportedly had resolved that the Albany Trust had a moral duty to argue for the acceptance of pedophiles in society to ensure they could live a useful life, often by dedicating themselves to youth work.

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Bob was the Director of the National Association of Playing Fields


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1975-1976: Haywood & Napier, Albany Trust & Nucleus at Earl’s Court

November 1976: Earl’s Court – Haywood & Napier, Nucleus & Albany Trust


Playland was originally ‘For Money or Love’ in the US -Playland is the UK published and extended for the British Market focusing on London, Bradford, Manchester, Leicester and Brighton

On a cold Sunday afternoon, Robin Lloyd, a US based NBC photo-journalist at the time of writing ‘Playland’ in 1975/6, walked around Times Square, in particular looking in two amusement arcades. With a ‘guide’ who knew the ‘scene’ he counted 75 boys as available, under 16, in a period of 1 hour with no duplications. He describes the same ‘test’ undertaken in England’s capital city:

“In London, the figure was much lower partly because, I suspect, the heat was still on in the West End from the Playland scandal. At the Piccadilly Underground station, a well established hangout for hustlers, at least a dozen or so boys were readily available at all times. The traffic moved almost as if it had been choreographed. For a period of time, the boys would stand and wait. When police officers appeared, a clockwise move started. Everyone moved in a circle. There was a sudden and tremendous interest in the Underground maps on the walls. Small figures would hasten towards the innumerable exist. They would return later. In the interim, they’d work the surface streets; the area in front of the Regent Palace Hotel or the coffeehouses across the street from Playland. Playland itself is a model of efficient control, not – one suspects from any concern for morality – but rather for money. Security guards watch constantly and those in the know say they are aided by what are called ‘the vigilantes’, plainclothes operators paid to keep things under control. They do it, too… ——- As a test, I decided to see how many boys I could talk to – boys on the game – in a four hour period including travel time to Euston station, Victoria Station and Piccadilly. I spoke to fourteen. All were under sixteen years of age; a diverse group.” “For the active chicken hawk, these boys are prime material not only for sex but for referrals to others. If a man is looking for a fourteen-year old boy, the best way to make contact is to ask a sixteen-year old boy. He will surely know someone younger, – quite often, his brother. These boys often stay away from the West End because of police activity. But other areas, like Earl’s Court and Shepherds Bush flourish and observers note that the action is gradually drifting back to Central London.” [p.202 – p.203]


Three weeks before the Albany Trust was to be found batting away Whitehouse’s allegations against the Trust’s Youth Worker, and ‘John’ had been co-drafting ‘Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers’ in first draft, Haywood was busy convening an exciting new ‘informal’ venture at Earl’s Court, gathering a group of colleagues together to form a ‘Working Party’. Around the same time as Robin Lloyd was researching and writing his extended British version of ‘Playland’ the group had been established to investigate whether the provision of teenagers was being catered to by existing gay groups in Earl’s Court. Ric Rogers, Youth Worker for the Albany Trust was to act as Secretary. Albany Trustee, the Hon. Lucilla Butler, daughter-in-law of former Conservative MP who held 3 out of 4 of the premier offices of state Lord Butler (RAB) took a leading role. As did the Paedophile Information Exchange’s Charles Napier.

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Youth Service Provision for young homosexuals in Earls Court: Submission of Evidence and Proposals ‘teenagers at risk’ ‘Johnny Go Home’

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Sir Harold Haywood’s Working Party

Tory MP’s half-brother Charles Napier sentenced to 13 years over ‘prolific’ child sex abuse (Paul Peachey, The Independent, 23 December 2014)

Westminster paedophile ring: Jailed Charles Napier will be told to name VIP abusers (Mirror, Keir Mudie, 27 December 2014)

Tory MP’s half-brother who was known as ‘Rapier Napier’ by his pupils and helped run Paedophile Information Exchange is jailed for 13 years for HUNDREDS of sex assaults on young boys in the 60s and 70s (Daily Mail, Mark Douell, 23 December 2014)

TOP MEN FACE CHARGES IN VICE NET ROUND-UP (News of the World, 21st September 1975) Dozens of arrests are expected after the Director of Public Prosecutions has acted on a detailed dossier on illegal homosexual activities. Some of the men involved are celebrated in show business, others are top names in the financial world. The arrests will come in the wake of a vice trial at the Old Bailey. Five men guilty of indecency offences involving boys will be sentenced tomorrow. At the core of the case is an amusement arcade called Playland, near Piccadilly Circus in London. Police have interviewed 152 boys, many of them “Johnny Go Home” runaways, whose search for the bright lights ended in enticement and male depravity. The vast investigation began 18 months ago. It was then that one of the men involved told me he wanted to co-operate with the police because he resented the way “some very big names” were taking advantage of young boys. The informant and I went to Commander David Helm, head of the West End Central police force. Watch was kept on Playland. And a network of vice was uncovered. Pressure was building up yesterday for the closure of Playland and any other arcades where perverts might prowl. Mr William Molloy, Labour MP for Ealing North, said: “The Old Bailey trial points to the need for immediate co-operation between local authorities, the police and the managements of these arcades.” If this was not given, the arcades must be closed, he said. The licences of Playland and six other arcades are to be reviewed by Westminster City Council’s licensing sub-committee on Friday.

If 152 boys potentially with  information on public figures as ‘clients’ were going to move to either Earl’s Court or Shepherd’s Bush –  and quite possibly start talking – action was going to have to be taken to round them up and secure their silence. The fact that their silence was successfully secured seems to be apparent by the lack of prosecution of celebrated show business types or top names in the financial world in 1976. In November 1975, no sooner had the Playland Trial No 2 ended with the conviction of Charles Hornby and his associates, then within 6-8 weeks Napier had started the Earl’s Court Gay Help Service. Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 20.17.56

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Nov 1976: Youth Service Provision for Young Homosexuals in Earl’s Court, Submission of Evidence & Proposals, Appendix III from Nucleus

In Harold Haywood’s working group with Napier was Danny Franco (a detached youth worker with the Pitt Street Settlement in Peckham), Chris Heaume (Joint Council for Gay Teenagers), Mrs Lucille Butler (RAB’s daughter in law, Albany Trustee who knew Haywood through NAYC Youth Work), Roland Jeffery (NCCL Gay Rights Committee with Nettie Pollard) along with Ric Rogers, Albany Trust Youth Worker as the Group’s Secretary. During 1976 the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (N.C.V.Y.S.), Haywood as Executive Committee Member, had set in motion a report on ‘Young people and homosexuality’. On publication of the NCYVS report Haywood had decided to instigate a further report focused on the Earl’s Court area – which as a result of the police activity in Piccadilly Circus and publicity of the Playland Trial was attracting more of the high-end clientele than usual.

“Generally speaking they are aged between 15 and 21, are predominantly male and have come from the provinces (especially Northern England, Ireland and Scotland). They have come to London in search of employment and a new life, or have run away from a complex family situation. There have been indications that Earls Court is now an alternative to the West End for such young people.”[i]

Nucleus – otherwise known as Earl’s Court Community Action Ltd had been established in 1974 with a grant from Fondation Rejoindre, independent of government aid. It supported a holiday-play group for local children and a support group for single mothers. Situated on the Old Brompton Road, SW8, Napier in establishing his gay group counselling service at Nucleus drafted a peculiar manifesto:

“Informal social contacts between counselors would help further to foster the Gay Group’s aims, while the introduction of clients into a counsellor’s private social circle should be considered as a very helpful way in which to befriend a client. A rather more long-term outcome of the Gay Group’s activities might be the setting up of a commune, with some of the counselors as a nucleus, in which could be pursued alternative life-styles to those prevailing in gay ghettos.”

Two of the people thanked by Playland’s Robin Lloyd, in a long list of names, are members of Haywood’s Working Party with Napier – Danny Franco at the Pitt Street Settlement and Roland Jeffery, listed not in his NCCL Gay Rights Committee capacity (see below), but as general secretary of ‘Friend’ London  – as well as thanking the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police Force as a whole. London Friend’s address from 1975  was Peter Righton’s home at 48 Barbican Road, Greenford (near Ealing, West London) (source Ealing Local History through Martin Walkerdine) [see further Ian Pace’s blog for a detailed biography of Peter Righton here: Peter Righton – His Activities up until the early 1980s ]

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NCCL Ballot Biographies excerpts

Another person Robin Lloyd thanks is Detective Inspector Dick of Catford Police Station, for he had been one of the officers ‘heading up the strike force in the West End when Playland’s operation ended up in the courts”. It’s not clear whether he worked at a different West End police station at the time, watching Playland for 18 months but interesting to reflect on what Catford police knew about ‘millionaires, titled and influential people’ paying to abuse boys 12 years before the murder of Daniel Morgan 

Playland, p.180

Playland, p.180

On Monday 22 August 1977, just before Harold Haywood departs Albany Trust to create the Prince’s Trust for Young People for Prince Charles, Charles Napier is discovered by Kensington & Chelsea Council to be the Treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange. How is not yet known. The response of Nucleus outlined below is remarkable. They require Napier to take a holiday to get over the stress and only resign his official position not his membership of PIE. “They were satisfied with his replies and there is no reason to suppose that his work for Nucleus has been influenced by his own connection with PIE.” The fact that he was sitting on a Working Party led by a man, Harold Haywood, who had been working with the Albany Trust to co-produce PIE and PAL’s Paedophilia: Some Q&A (which stated without pedophiles there would be no youth services and so they were a benefit to society) was not known necessarily to anyone else but the Albany participants involved: Hon Mrs Lucilla Butler, Ric Rogers the Youth Worker and Harold Haywood, Chairman, later to be knighted for his services to children’s charities.

Child sex man is youth group administrator (25.08.77)

Daily Telegraph, 25th August 1977

“A leading member of the Paedophile Information Exchange – the group seeking to legalise sex between adults and children – is employed as administrator of a young person’s welfare organisation. The management council of Nucleus which receives a grant from Kensington & Chelsea Council discovered three days ago that the man, Charles Napier, was treasurer of PIE in his spare time. It decided to require him to resign his treasurership but not his membership of PIE. It declined his offer to resign from Nucleus and sent him on leave.

Mr John Dodwell, the Chariman who is a chartered accountant, said yesterday: “If we thought his work was putting children at risk we would have no hesitation in sacking him.” The management council’s decision angered several councillors on the Conservative-controlled Kensington Council which granted Nucleus £3,765 this year.

Mr Robert Orme, a councillor for 21 years: “At the next council meeting in October I shall call for discontinuing the grant forthwith. While I am not bringing any allegation against the person concerned, I consider that a group which employs a man who supports the idea of PIE is not suitable to be chief administrator of a group that organises among its activities, under-fives and youth groups. The fact stressed by the management council that Mr Napier has nothing to do with running juvenile groups means nothing. As an administrator in charge he can move freely throughout the classes. Mr Napier has been administrator of Nucleus which is registered as a charity with premises in Old Brompton Road for three years. In a statement Mr Dodwell said the management council wished to make it clear that Nucleus had never had any connection with PIE and that Mr Napier’s connection was a personal one. While firmly believing that an employee’s private life was his own affair the council had questioned him closely about his involvement with PIE and his own attitude. They were satisfied with his replies and there is no reason to suppose that his work for Nucleus has been influenced by his own connection with PIE. His work has been ‘extremely satisfactory’. The council had requested him to resign all offices in PIE “as they feel that public opinion will require a clear breach with PIE to be demonstrated. In view of the stress that recent events have placed on him they also required him to go on holiday. On his return he will continue to be employed primarily in administrative work.”

The council disclosed that Mr Napier had expressed his intention in March to leave Nucleus within the next 12 months. Nucleus defines its objective as caring for those in social need in Earl’s Court, encouraging community awareness and encouraging people to help themselves and one another. A Gay Help Service was begun in 1975 to help homosexuals ‘with personal difficulties’. It has a staff of 12 and about 80 voluntary workers. The built of its income came from a Swiss charity, Fondation Rejoindre which allocated £19,750 for the year ending last March, the last of a three year grant. The Calouste-Gulbenkian Foundation has allocated £8,000 for the next two years. Other money has come from trusts and individual donations. PIE has run into trouble over the venue for its meeting next Thursday. The booking of a room at the Shaftesbury Avenue was rescinded after 17 other bookings were cancelled and the staff threatened to walk out. Meanwhile Mr Stainton Conservative MP for Sudbury and Woodbridge who had previously referred the organisation to Mr Rees, Home Secretary, has written to him urging that PIE’s plan to hold the meeting is adequate grounds for the matter to be re-examined by the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

Chelsea News 21 Oct 1977

Chelsea News, 21 October 1977

Sir Nicholas Scott was the Conservative MP for the borough (then Chelsea) at the time. He had served as Sir Robert Carr’s PPS in 1972 during the first Playland Trial No 1, moving to become Willie Whitelaw’s PPS in Employment before losing his Paddington South seat in February 1974, and was given the safe seat of the Royal Borough as a candidate, winning in October 1974.

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The Times, Latest Appointments, 21 October 1977 Haywood’s new job is announced, no mention of being Chairman of Albany Trust

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The Times Court Circular, 2 December 1977

How Prince in mufti watched the Waterloo dossers – Prince of Wales visits South Bank

Times, The (London, England) – Friday, October 25, 1985
The Prince of Wale’s concern about young people in inner-city areas has extended to a midnight expedition to see young dossers sleeping on cardboard boxes beneath Waterloo Bridge.The Prince’s visit to the South Bank, where concert-goers pick their way past inert figures wrapped in urine-soaked blankets, was described yesterday by Mr Harold Haywood , director of the Royal Jubilee and Prince’s Trusts.Mr Haywood said that the Prince’s concern about the young in inner city areas, highlighted after interviews given by his architectural adviser, Dr Rod Hackney, was not new. ‘It goes back years’, MrHaywood said. ‘From when we had the first disturbances in his wedding year, 1981, His Royal Highness has been very concerned to ask what we could do in co-operation with others to alleviate stress and help the young’. The Prince spent two hours from about 11 pm one night last November under the arches at Waterloo, Mr Hayood disclosed. ‘He was not in disguise but wore mufti – a sports jacket and flannels. He did not approach any of those sleeping rough because he thought that would be impertinent. Nobody recognized the royal visitor. He was accompanied by three advisers, a security man and a driver. Afterwards he spent a considerable time at Centrepoint, the charity which provides contact and support for youngsters arriving in London, and made an unannounced visit to the Alone in London Hostel at Kings Cross, where young people thronged to tell him their problems. Last June he visited accomodation for older down-and-outs. ‘The object was to brief himself’, Mr Haywood said, ‘and as a result of all that he is now making two of his own properties available to us, so that in due course we will be able to offer overnight accomodation for such youngesters and maybe something in the longer term. He would not disclose which properties the Prince was making available, but said that they would be converted into flats. Confirming that Prince Charles had frequently expressed concern about the inner cities, Mr Hayward added that he had never blamed any government, although ‘he certainly believes that more could be done’. Asked if the Prince regarded the provision of work as the first priority, Mr Haywood replied: ‘It is bound to be at the top of everybody’s list, but there are other things. Buckingham Palace yesterday assured the Prime Minister, who is in New York, that there was no question of the Prince criticizing the Government. Dr Hackney, who reported the gist of conversation last Monday, has denied some quotations attributed to him, particularly that the Prince had said that he was worried that the country would be divided when he became King. The editor of the Manchester Evening News which carried the first interview with Dr Hackney, maintained the accuracy of his paper’s story.

Court and Social: Luncheons

Times, The (London, England) – Wednesday, May 14, 1986
National Children’s Home Viscount Tonypandy, Chairman of the National Children’s Home, presided at a ‘Children in Danger’ luncheon held yesterday at the Travellers’ Club and received a gift from Mr John O’Connell. The guests included Lord Romsey, Mr Harold Haywood , Mr Derek Nimmo, Mr O. E. A. J. Makower and Mr Brian Macarthur.

[i] ILEA/Nucleus draft job description for detached youth worker, 23 September 1976

1975-1977: Who was ‘John’, Albany Trust’s representative, on paedophile drafting committee?

Who was ‘John’, Albany Trust’s representative, on the Paedophile Drafting Committee?

Sir Harold Haywood, the Albany Trust and PIE: Some questions, few answers on ‘Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers’?

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Bamfords Auctioneers: Christmas Card from Charles & Diana to Harold & Mrs Haywood

BBC Radio 4 – Last Word- Obituary programme 17th June 2010

Known to many as simply ‘H’, Prince Charles’ trusted charity aide Sir Harold Haywood (1923 – 2010) first made headlines for his 1964 intervention on Brighton beach in the clash between mods and rockers[i]. He would later become known for giving Prince Charles an unannounced ‘plainclothes’ tour of charities dealing with runaways and homeless shelters in London’s redlight district of Soho in 1985. For almost twenty years he occupied one of the top positions at the National Association of Youth Clubs, first leading as Education and Training Director, and then Director of Youth Work. Under his Directorship from 1955-1974, Sir Angus Ogilvy, husband of Princess Alexandra was appointed President, with Jimmy Savile as Vice-President; a slew of celebrity attended fundraising events were organized, new headquarters were built on premises at Devonshire Street and membership swelled to 600,000. In 1973 his services to youth work earned him an O.B.E.

Daily Express, 19 June 2010, p.43

Daily Express, 19 June 2010, p.43


Harold Haywood, Who's Who Entry

Harold Haywood, Who’s Who Entry



Three years later Haywood was appointed Director of the Jubilee Trusts, consolidating these to form the Prince’s Trust for young people, resident at offices at No.8 Buckingham Walk from late 1977. As a close and trusted aide to Prince Charles, he earned a knighthood in 1988. Who’s Who and the Oxford National Biographies list a range of appointments Haywood would take on post-retirement during the eighties.


But something not written about in either of those is his time spent as Chairman of Albany Trust…


From 1974 to 1977 Haywood is noted for serving as General Secretary of the Educational Interchange Council, advising India, Australia, and Singapore on establishing youth clubs. However, during that time as Chairman of Albany Trust he also coaxed into existence a booklet entitled Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers along with fellow Albany Trustees, members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE’s Keith Hose and Tom O’Carroll) and the Paedophile Action League (PAL).

“The trust also proposed to publish a pamphlet about paedophiles which stated that they “represent no special threat to society”. It was abandoned after Angela Willans, a trustee who was the Woman’s Own agony aunt, saw a draft and branded it monstrous.” [The Times, July 22nd, 2014 Dominic Kennedy, ‘Trust head helped edit book about sex with boys’]

One of the Booklet’s stated aims was to argue for the positive social benefits paedophiles brought to society:

“In the belief that knowledge dispels prejudice, this booklet sets out to answer the commonest questions and suppositions about paedophilia, and to argue that those involved represent no special threat to society, but on the contrary are often a force for social good.” (my emphasis)

Redraft - March 1977 - Harold Haywood's amendments to the Introduction

Harold Haywood Amendments

‘Harold Haywood Alterations’

Harold Haywood’s alterations to the March 1977 re-draft of the Introduction to the Booklet (transcribed from above):

“This has to be ‘by’ someone, or a group, and it should be made clear they are homosexual paedophiles if only to explain what might be called the peculiarities of the document


(2) Such people are unlikely to read this booklet, or if they do, will read it only in search of fuel to stoke the furnaces of their hatred.


This has not been written for them, but for those who find would like to understand paedophile relationships better worrying, and would like to understand them better. As paedophiles we ought to be able to do this.”[i]



The implicit threat along with the booklet’s assertion that paedophiles were a force for social good was the conversely terrible implications of a paedophile strike or withdrawal of services to all youth provided by schools, churches, scouts, even youth organizations like the National Association of Youth Clubs and their workers. The confidence of paedophile lobbyists in their belief that high levels of employee and volunteer paedophiles working in the sector could be mobilized was hinted at defensively in Question 40:


“Qn. 40: Teachers, clergymen, scoutmasters and youth workers are thought to be particularly prone to child-love. Are they, and should paedophiles be excluded from youth work?


Paedophiles are naturally drawn to work involving children, for which many of them have extraordinary talent and devotion. (Often they are also the ones the children value most). If this field were to be “purged”, there would be a damaging reduction of people left to do the work.”

As a keen scoutmaster and professional youth worker for his entire career, Haywood’s views on this Q&A in particular would have been useful.

Antony Grey partially relates Haywood’s involvement in his 1992 book Quest for Justice: Towards homosexual emancipation. The project caused a storm in the press when Mary Whitehouse got wind of the meetings arranged between the three organizations in order to discuss content and audience for the booklet. Grey both ridiculed and dismissed concerns by making it a matter of whether Whitehouse begrudged the Trust giving paedophiles a ‘few cups of tea’ and in December 1976 accusations of supporting or funding paedophiles either directly or indirectly were denied by the Albany Trust in a recorded letter by Haywood to Whitehouse. More recently the Trust has stated on its website:[ii]


“Albany Trust has never supported the organisation known as P.I.E. financially, nor in support of its misguided ideology. Nor has Albany Trust ever associated itself in any way with P.I.E. in the past. For the sake of clarity, Albany Trust wishes to make it clear it entirely dissociates itself from any organisation promoting the sexual abuse of children.”

I wonder if a better question is whether the Albany Society Ltd supported PIE financially as the grant-giving corporate arm/treasury of Albany Trust and a distinct legal entity? [More on Ian Dunn, 12 months prior to co-founding PIE joining the Albany Society’s Council of Management here with Antony Grey as Secretary and Chairman David Kerr MP formerly Lab: Wandsworth Central 1964 – 1970)

The Q&A booklet was eventually published by PIE alone, a year after a falling-out amongst Albany trustees on a fateful weekend in March 1977 after which Grey resigned from the Trust a second time. In April 1978 PIE decided to print and send copies free of charge to MPs amidst garnering support from NCCL to lobby for a dilution of the Protection of Children Act.

This A5 booklet is what each MP received.

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‘NCCL’s official response, signed by Miss Harman and submitted in April 1978, claimed that the new law could lead to “damaging and absurd prosecutions” and “increase censorship”.

She suggested that a pornographic photo or film of a child should not be considered indecent unless it could be shown that the subject had suffered, and that prosecutors would have to prove harm rather than defendants having to justify themselves.

Her submission states: “Although this harm may be of a somewhat speculative nature, where participation falls short of physical assault, it is none-the-less justifiable to restrain activities by photographer which involve placing children under the age of 14 (or, arguably, 16) in sexual situations.

“We suggest that the term ‘indecent’ be qualified as follows: – A photograph or film shall not for this purpose be considered indecent (a) by reason only that the model is in a state of undress (whether complete or partial); (b) unless it is proved or is to be inferred from the photograph or film that the making of the photograph or film might reasonably be expected to have caused the model physical harm or pronounced psychological or emotional disorder.”

It adds: “Our amendment places the onus of proof on the prosecution to show that the child was actually harmed.”’ [The Telegraph, Martin Beckford, Harriet Harman under attack over bid to water down child pornography law, 9 March 2009]

Who was ‘John’ the Albany Trust representative on the Paedophile Drafting Committee?

In October 1976 the Trust’s  ‘Any other business’ included (a) pedophile Pamphlet Haywood encourages the Trust to progress with publishing the ‘final version’ of the Booklet:

“The first draft of a Questions and Answers booklet on pedophilia, written by pedophiles, was made available to Trustees to read, for discussion at the next meeting. The Chairman expressed the hope that Trustees would want to published the final version as a Trust contribution to discussion in an emotionally charged area.

“A drafting committee” [‘Of which I was not a member’ states Grey most emphatically in his footnotes, yet coyly omits to say who was], “produced a text, but the Trustees could not agree on it, so the project was dropped.”[i] Tom O’Carroll states on a self-drafted biography on the internet:

“1978: Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers. Authored jointly with Keith Hose, former PIE Chair, and “John”, a nominee of the partly government-funded Albany Trust, which commissioned the work but withdrew from publishing it after coming under attack from socially conservative campaigner Mary Whitehouse. This booklet was distributed by PIE to every Member of Parliament.”’Carroll_Biography

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[i] Quest for Justice: Toward Homosexual Emancipation, Antony Grey, Loc 4016/6001 – also see Fn.6





Redraft - March 1977 - Harold Haywood's amendments to the Introduction


“Harold Haywood, Antony Grey and Rodney Bennett-England had held further meetings with the paedophiles who were drafting a “Questions and Answers” booklet. A revised version of this would be circulated to all Trustees well before the next Trustees’ meeting. Harold Haywood asked all Trustees to send him their written comments, as a decision would need to be taken at the next meeting as to whether the trust should sponsor production of the booklet. Antony Grey said he had been telephoned that morning by the Press Association about a luncheon speech being given by Mrs Mary Whitehouse attacking thr Trust for using taxpayers’ money to seek the ‘normalisation’ of sexual activity between adults and children, and for employing ‘Youth Counsellors’ who wrote for pornographic magazines. He had telephoned Mrs Whitehouse’s office, requesting the full text of her speech.” [Albany Trust minutes, 26 November 1976]

Rodney Bennett-England was another Trustee at the time and would become Director of the National Union of Journalism Training.

Placed in context of news reports at the time, asking who the Albany Trust’s ‘nominated’ co-drafter on the Q&A Booklet was and why it was drafted, also raises wider questions about two events which made national headlines during the summer of 1975: (1) The conviction of Charles Hornby at the Piccadilly Playland Amusement Arcade Trial and (2) Johnny-Go-Home, an ITV documentary about runaway boys.


Playland Trial No. 2: Harold Haywood joins Albany Trust as Chairman and the fightback begins

A drafting frenzy: Albany Trust, PIE, PAL, NCCL and the autumn of the PIE Manifesto, PIE Submission to CLRC on Sexual Offences and the start of ‘Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers’ (a booklet provided free to MPs)


In 1975, Scotland Yard carried out a high-profile child abuse investigation which centred on the Playland amusement arcade near Piccadilly Circus, and involved the sexual exploitation of homeless boys. The investigation led to five convictions in September 1975. Four of the men convicted were ‘nobodies’, but one – Charles Hornby –  was a pillar of the Establishment. He was a  wealthy socialite, a Lloyd’s underwriter, and an old Etonian, “who on occasion had Prince Charles among his dinner guests”.

The four ‘nobodies’ later had their sentences reduced in mysterious circumstances. One of them, David Archer, alleged that Hornby was far from being the only VIP involved in the Playland scandal.

Last night Archer said he would present the police with a dossier naming the ‘millionaires and titled and influential people’ involved in the Playland affair. He added: ‘I believe there was a tremendous cover-up to protect these people.’ [Spotlight on Abuse: The Playland Cover-Up]


The Playland Arcade was located on Coventry Street, a 3 minute walk around what is now the Trocadero, from the Albany Trust’s former offices at 32 Shaftesbury Avenue.

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It was a few weeks before Hornby and his Playland co-defendants were sentenced that a MIND seminar[i] on sexual minorities and their problems took place on the first weekend in September 1975. Organised by fellow Albany trustee and former NCCL General Secretary, Tony Smythe, and chaired by the pervasive Peter Righton, at the Polytechnic of Central London, Marylebone Road, fellow Albany Trustees Antony Grey and future Prince’s Trust for Young People Director Harold Haywood met Keith Hose, the Chairman of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

Top men face charges in vice net round-up (21.09.75) News of the World

Keith had stepped into the role of Chairman and Treasurer of PIE that June[ii], and was concurrently serving as a member of the NCCL Gay Rights Committee (GCR). Through this committee he would have known Nettie Pollard, fellow PIE member, who in her role as gay rights organizer for the NCCL sat on the NCCL GCR too and was scheduled to speak at the workshop.

At the MIND Sexual Minorities workshop, Harold Haywood heard Keith Hose speak, (NCCL Gay Rights Committee member and concurrently serving as the first PIE Chairman and Treasurer for the previous six months), PIE member Nettie Pollard present alongside Rose Robertson (Parents’ Enquiry and Albany Society Ltd Council of Management Ordinary Member) and Jack Babuscio, a writer, while Mickey Burbidge of Icebreakers, an enthusiastic co-drafter of PIE’s CLRC submission with Keith Hose, also spoke alongside Glenys Parry about what helpers could hope to do.

Six months previously Nettie had already strengthened the informal associations between PIE, PAL and the NCCL by inviting them to affiliate [iii], and her reminder to PIE with regard to affiliate voting rights had been reprinted in PIE Newsletter No. 6, ensuring Keith felt confident he was speaking to a seminar amongst friends.

“You would be able to vote for our Executive Committee, and, perhaps most important, you would be able to propose resolutions to our Annual General Meeting and have 2 votes.”

(On which the PIE News editor felt bound to comment, “Needless to say we would also have the council’s total support.”)

Certainly Harold Haywood’s own response to Keith was extremely sympathetic, as Grey recounts:

“Afterwards, Mr Haywood said to me that this of all sexual minorities was the most execrated and doom-laden, and that the Trust had a moral duty to see whether anything could be done to help those who carried this heavy burden to live more at peace with themselves.”[v]

Sir Harold Haywood unites the Albany Trustees to ask ‘Who is exploiting whom?’

If the problem is viewed as runaway boys ‘exploiting’ ‘millionaires and titled and influential people’, what would be the solution?

During September Keith Hose (PIE) and Mickey Burbidge (Icebreakers) worked together to draft PIE’s Manifesto and the PIE submission to the Criminal Law Revision Committee on Sexual Offences, also sent to the NCCL.

A drafting committee was also underway at Albany Trust offices, SW1. Work had started in earnest during 1976 for PIE, PAL, and the Albany Trust to jointly draft and publish a booklet ‘ Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers’ in which to explain the paedophile’s predicament.

Encouraged by Haywood’s demand for empathy and his declaration that there existed a moral imperative for the Trust to assist pedophiles after having met with four or five PIE members at the MIND Sexual Minorities workshop, Grey began to set about organizing various private meetings at the Trust offices, inviting psychiatrists, psychologists and paedophiles, including members of PIE and PAL.

Haywood had a reputation as a formidable organiser and commander of celebrities. As a Methodist lay preacher and scout master, qualified as a Youth Worker from St John’s Club in Sheffield for 10 years already, Haywood had contributed to a series of pamphlets called Pep up your Programme, designed with the Youth Club leader in mind, suggesting a tape recorder as a useful piece of equipment to garner feedback. Under his Directorship of Youth Work the National Association of Youth Clubs had moved into completely new state of the art headquarters on their site at Devonshire Street, their membership grew to 600,000 and during the 60s and 70s their fundraising efforts attracted the celebrity support of Cliff Richard, Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile. Savile had also become involved with the NAYC 1957 offshoot PHAB (Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied), becoming their Honorary President from 1974 – 1988, when it was first established as an independent charity. He ran many marathons for them and appeared with ex-Cardinal Keith O’Brien on the donation of a £375,000 vehicle for PHAB trips. However in 1974, cuts were made and Devonshire Street House was sold and activities scaled back despite Haywood receiving an OBE for his services to youth work. While Haywood may have lost his NAYC empire, he was keen to start again with Grey at his side.

“…I arranged for a few private discussions to be held at the Trust’s offices between psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers whom I knew to be concerned with paedophiles in their professional work, to explore with them the nature and availability of support needed. I also invited some paedophiles to join in these talks, including the young man who had spoken at the MIND conference and other members of the newly-formed (and ill-fated) Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and another group, PAL (Paedophile Action for Liberation) [Grey, Loc ]

Reading of Hornby’s involvement with exploiting runaways, and his desperate and damning attempts to bribe boys to change their evidence, and his subsequent prison sentence served to unite the Albany Trustees, Rodney Bennett-England, Lucille Butler (RAB’s daughter-in-law, RAB being Lord Butler – former Deputy Prime Minister to Macmillan and Home Secretary when Sir Ian Horobin MP was prosecuted for sexual offences against boys in 1962), Rev. Michael Butler, Antony Grey, Harold Haywood and Tony Smythe in empathy for Hornby’s cause.

A week after the News of the World’s headline threatening Top Men face charges in vice-net round-up, together the six wrote to The Guardian,


“as Trustees of an agency concerned with psychological health, youth welfare, and a better understanding of sexuality we hope no-one believes that teenage male prostitution can be eradicated by hefty prison sentences or television programmes like Johnny Go Home.”


The most pathetic aspect of the recent “vice trial” was its revelation of the double life and self-deception which society still forces upon the bisexual man and the sexually active adolescent.


In this situation it must be asked, who is exploiting whom? And how can such exploitation be reduced?”

[‘Runaway Problem’ Letter to the Guardian, 27 September 1975 signed Rodney Bennett-England, Lucille Butler, Michael Butler, Antony Grey, Harold Haywood, Tony Smythe, Albany Trustees]

Although press reports suggested Hornby had been observed four times between June 1973 – January 1975 , later residents of Hornby’s W1 townhouse in Montagu Square would hear that it was a boy Scout who went to the police to report him, reportedly leading Lady Charlotte Bonham-Carter on hearing Hornby had been betrayed “Those terrible, terrible boy-scouts, they should be disbanded!”[p.323 Becoming a Londoner: A Diary (September 2013) David Plante]

The trustees’ addition of ‘youth welfare’ in their Guardian letter suggests a new extended charitable objective for 1975 and a refocus of the Trust’s target demographics for psychosexual counseling. The tustees also appeared to suggest that society’s intolerance of married pederasts was forcing hapless men seeking to purchase and exploit teenage boys into a situation whereby themselves being becoming vulnerable to exploitation – by raising the spectre of blackmail by the ‘sexually active adolescent’. One of the boys in Johnny Go Home was 10. If Albany Trustees were acting out of concern for rich and privileged clients seeking counselling who  were also possibly victims of blackmail by any of the five Playland pimps, or the children, teenagers and younger, they paid to abuse, the news reports a year later would add weight to their concern.

In November 1976 a remarkable reversal of fortune took place for the Playland four. Hornby’s co-defendants, found guilty and sentenced, were to have their convictions either quashed or sentences reduced in the wake of David Archer’s dossier threats.

Archer, a plumber from Forest Gate who’d received five and a half years had his conviction for an unnatural act and indecency and his sentence set aside by three Court of Appeal judges. Only the Daily Mail reported,

“Last night Archer said he would present the police with a dossier naming ‘millionaires and titled and influential people’ involved in the Playland affair. He added, ‘I believe there was a tremendous cover-up to protect these people.’”[Playland Vice Case Man Freed, Daily Mail, 30th November 1976]

Forty years ago, in a headline that is becoming ever more familiar in its refrain day by day: 1975: “Dozens of arrests are expected” after Playland file passed to DPP, but nobody else was charged

On 21 October 1977 The Times announced Harold Haywood would be appointed Director of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Trust, helping to raise over £16m for ‘disadvantaged youth’ at the Queen’s behest, before moving on as Director of the Prince’s Trust for young people.



[i] Grey Loc 4016/6001

[i] MIND Sexual Minorities: A Workshop, 5th & 6th September 1975

[ii] PIE Newsletter (No. 6) 1975

[iii] PIE Newsletter No 6 (August 1975): States Nettie Pollard’s letter inviting affiliation was dated 13 May 1975

[v] Quest for Justice: Towards homosexual emancipation, Antony Grey [Loc 4011/6001]


6 December 1976: Angela Willans (new Albany Trustee, agony aunt to Woman’s Own since 1963) to Harold Haywood with her comments on the Q&A draft circulated by Antony Grey.


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Angela Willans comments to Harold Haywood, 6 December 1976 p1/3


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Oxford DNB Biography entry by Jonathan Powers

Haywood, Sir Harold (1923–2010), youth worker and charity administrator, was born on 30 September 1923 at The Finsbury Nursing Home, Shobnall Street, Burton upon Trent, the only son and eldest of three children of Harold Haywood (1903–1988) and his wife, Lilian Mary, née Barratt (1904–1929). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at 225 Stafford Street, Burton upon Trent. His father was a brewery worker, like his father before him, but Haywood proved to be an avid reader and an aspiring school actor, developing a gift for inspiring and communicating with young people, and showing prodigious energy as an organizer. Educated at the Guild Central School in Burton upon Trent, he briefly joined the Royal Navy, but was given a medical discharge in 1943. He then worked as a hospital attendant. On 1 January 1944, at Victoria Street Methodist Church, Burton upon Trent, he married Amy Richardson (1917–2005), a machinist at a local shoe factory, and daughter of Charles William Richardson, brewery foreman. Though they had no natural children, there were four people proud to own themselves their fostered or adopted sons: Clifford Wall, Colin Stone, Nicholas Haywood, and Paul Haywood (who predeceased them).

Haywood (often known simply as ‘H’) became an accredited Methodist preacher in 1946 and was so entertaining that later he was dubbed ‘the Ken Dodd of the Pulpit’. Trained for youth work at Westhill College of Education in Selly Oak, Birmingham, obtaining a certificate in education in 1948, he was appointed youth leader at St John’s Methodist Church in Sheffield. ‘Hurricane Harold’ and ‘Mrs H.’ had a transformative effect as the initially controversial St John’s Clubland became an exemplar of the ideal youth club. In 1951 Westhill College recruited him back as a tutor. In 1954 he became regional organizer for the Methodist Youth Department, and the following year director of education and training for the National Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC). In May 1964 (his first year as British national chairman of the World Assembly of Youth) he came to public attention when he intervened in the riots between ‘mods’ and ‘rockers’ on Brighton beach. These two youth subcultures of the 1960s were implacably opposed to, and openly contemptuous of, one another. One observer remarked, ‘It was amazing. This fearless chap arrived and actually started talking to the hooligans—and they listened to him’ (Revd Peter Dawson, memorial service eulogy). From 1966 to 1974 he was director of youth work at the NAYC, serving on the home secretary’s advisory committee on the misuse of drugs from 1970 to 1975. He was appointed OBE in 1974.

From 1974 to 1977 Haywood served as general secretary of the Educational Interchange Council. He advised India, Australia, and Singapore on setting up youth clubs. Then in 1977 he was appointed director of the Royal Jubilee Trust, raising £15 million to help disadvantaged young people, and subsequently became director of the Prince’s Trust until 1988. The prince of Wales later wrote that ‘without his support, commitment and enthusiasm, The Prince’s Trust would not be where it is today’ (memorial service eulogy). He was appointed a deputy lieutenant for Greater London in 1983, and in 1985 famously took the prince of Wales on an unannounced, ‘plain-clothes’, night-time visit to London’s Centrepoint hostel and charities in Soho, so he could see the plight of young homeless people for himself.

After his retirement in 1988 Haywood was appointed KCVO. However, his ‘retirement’ was marked by a plethora of activities. He served as chairman of the Association of Charitable Foundations (1989–92), the YMCA (1989–93), the BBC/ITC central appeals advisory committee (1989–97), and the Grants Council of the Charities Aid Foundation (1989–97). He also assumed a number of honorary positions, becoming vice-president of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (1988), patron of Kids International UK (1994), and vice-president of the London International Youth Science Forum (2008). He bought a thatched house in Oakwood, Derby, becoming vice-president of the Derby Community Foundation (1998), and president of the local Royal British Legion branch (2000).

There was still time for one last major project and from 1999 to 2001 Haywood was chairman of the fund-raising campaign to build the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby. After the £2 million needed had been raised, he donned a hard hat to join fourteen primary school children from seven faith communities laying the foundation stone in 2003. He was made honorary vice-president, but by the official opening in 2005 he was becoming frail, attending in a wheelchair. His wife died in 2005 and he moved into care, finally dying of prostate cancer and renal failure on 23 May 2010 at The Laurels Nursing Home, 77 Nottingham Road, Spondon, Derby. He was cremated on 7 June at Markeaton crematorium, and a multi-faith memorial service was held at the centre on 24 July 2010; Lord Remnant represented the prince of Wales. Afterwards four young people who had helped lay the foundation stone unveiled a memorial bench in the roof garden.

Jonathan Powers


Aid for young in difficulty – Focus on The Prince’s Trust

Times, The (London, England) – Friday, October 25, 1985
The Prince’s Trust reflects the concern the Prince of Wales has expressed about disadvantaged young people.It was established in 1976 as his personal initiative to help those in the 14-25 age group in trouble.

It operates throughout the United Kingdom and local committees in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and in most areas of England.

The number of local committees has grown from an initial 12 to 42, and the last remaining gaps are in rural countries of central and southern England.

The Prince’s Trust has only one paid employee, the headquarters’ secretary. The administrator, Dr Bill Smith, is on secondment from ICI where he was a section manager in production; his assistant is seconded from the National Westminster Bank.

About 850 people are volunteer members of the 42 local committees. Typically they include people from the churches, probation services, police, youth workers, professional people, representatives from commerce and industry and a number of young people.

The bulk of the trust’s income comes from film previews, gala performances and pop concerts attended by the Prince of Wales. Further contributions are raised by the headquarters staff of three from private individuals and from companies.

At the express wish of the Prince himself the trust spends its money almost as quickly as it is raised. The current reserve is seldom more than pounds 100,000. Annual turnover is more than pounds 300,000 and likely to reach pounds 500,000. Only 8 per cent of income goes in overheads.

The money is dispensed by the local committee which receive applications only from individual young people, or from small ad hoc groups needing help for specific purposes. The maximum grants are of pounds 300 to an individual, or pounds 500 to a group project.

Committee members always visit applicants to investigate their needs, and the trust believes that help and advice given at these meetings is often as helpful as the money itself. About 2,000 grants are made annually.

The trust also organizes annual Prince’s Trust camps for up to 600 young unemployed people. Last year 250 spent a fortnight at Maiden Castle helping to repair the earthwork fortress.



27 September 1975, The Guardian

27 September 1975, The Guardian


The Guardian, 1 October 1979

The Guardian, 1 October 1979








Dec 1971/January 1972: Father Trevor Huddleston’s patronage & Righton’s ‘enforced’ resignation

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ACCESS Minutes, 8 December 1971, PSY/WOL/4/1 p1.


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ACCESS Minutes, 8 December 1971, PSY/WOL/4/1 p2

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ACCESS Minutes, 8 December 1971, PSY/WOL/4/1 p3




Within 9 months of starting ACCESS Righton’s ‘enforced withdrawal’ from Chairmanship takes place due to potential adverse publicity  – just after The Times announces him as Director-Designate heading up a two-man team at the National Children’s Bureau. [

On 8th December ACCESS met at the National Institute of Social Work with only 5 attendees: Peter Righton (Chair), Doreen Cordell (Secretary), Rev. Malcolm Johnson, David Allen (Honorary treasurer, formerly in same role for Albany Trust but left due to Michael De La Noy), and Dr Theo Schlict. Looking at the minutes, it may be that Righton had already wished to make the announcement that he had been forced to step down as Chairman at the 8th December meeting but due to the poor attendance held back his news on being ‘forced’ to step down along with Claire Raynor’s resignation.

“In spite of there being so few members present it was agreed to proceed with the business of the meeting owing to the urgency of the situation and as there was no defined quorum at this stage.”…

Item 4. The Chairman’s opening remarks were brief, the main content of what he had wished to say being deferred to the next meeting at which it was hoped more members would be present.”

On taking advice from their honorary solicitor (Ambrose Appelbe – also Hon. Solicitor for the Albany Trust) regarding redrafting their application for charitable status with a more medical emphasis, all due to a disappointing reply from the Charity Commission, Peter Righton suggests seeking the patronage of Father Trevor Huddleston, Bishop of Stepney for Vice President “or some other honorary office”.

Father Trevor Huddleston (Bishop of Stepney) shows an interest in Peter Righton’s new counselling outfit via Canon Eric James

[see Blog Post: Trevor Huddleston & Others: Famous Mr X and the Rule of Law 25/11/2014]

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Anti-apartheid campaigning Huddleston was the subject of headlines planned and then spiked by John Junor of the Sunday Express during mid 1974, (less than two and a half years after Righton’s suggestion to seek his patronage for ACCESS on Total Sexuality). When accused of ‘sexually harassing’ two school age boys by their mother, both the Bishop of London and the prebendary of Fleet Street’s St Brides got together to quash John Junor’s threat to publish an article.

Huddleston’s obituary for the Independent, written by former Albany Director Michael De La Noy (who gives the impression of a man intent on blackmailing Lord Beaumont and Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey), stated Trevor was moved from Stepney to the Indian Ocean of Mauritius in 1978 to ‘hush up a scandal which will raise a few eyebrows today.” De La Noy appears to have been someone who never shied away from an opportunity to point to what he knew about Anglican prelates’ sexual proclivities in print.

All the South African intelligence service BOSS’s files on Trevor had been shredded according to Canon Eric James who searched for them when writing his biography of Huddleston during the 1990s.

“5. Charitable Status: Discussion ensued on such other help as could be obtained and the Chairman suggested arranging an appointment with the Bishop of Stepney, who had already shown interest in ACCESS through Canon Eric James, with a view to inviting him to become associated with ACCESS. The Chairman’s suggestion was approved and discussion ensued on the possibility and advisability of inviting the Bishop to become a Patron or Vice President or some other honorary office…

5b. An approach to be made to the Bishop of Stepney and Professor Lafitte in the first instance to become associated with ACCESS on the lines indicated above.”

Jack Profumo secures Righton’s Counselling Group rooms at Toynbee Hall

“6. Toynbee Hall: ” It was reported that a letter had been received from the Resident Director of Attlee House, Mr Richard Pentney, dated 23rd November 1971, on behalf of the Warden of Toynbee Hall and himself.”

The Warden of Toynbee Hall was Jack profumo, who Doreen and Righton had met during October/November [insert link to post on Lord Beaumont’s Letter(s) & Peter Righton meets Jack Profumo). Remarkable to think of Macmillan’s former Secretary of War sorting premises for where MI5 blocked Dr Robert Chartham/Ronald Seth and Peter Righton sought to take over the Albany Trust’s counselling case files, all as part of his atoning ‘good deeds’.

What Profumo did next (The Telegraph, 17 November 2003)

 January 1972: ACCESS needs a new Chairman

By Monday 24th January 1972, Doreen Cordell was looking for nominations for a new Chairman for ACCESS.

“I would refer to my note about Mr Righton’s enforced withdrawal from the Chairmanship of ACCESS and our request that nominations should be received by me prior to the next meeting, at which Dr Theo Schlict has agreed to take the chair.”

Dr Chartham/Ronald Seth, although unable to attend because Wednesday was his clinic day (where?), appeared keen to take the reins but wasn’t available until July and wanted Dr Theo Schlict while on sabbatical (from Royal Northern Hospital, Holloway Road?) to take temporary charge



In a letter to (later to be Albany Trustee) Dr Charlotte Wolff, Doreen writes also on 24 January 1972:
“I am hoping that Peter will retain the Chairmanship of the Counselling & Training sub committee (which does not necessitate public identification and is essentially his special sphere) because this is very important and it is vital that we get a training scheme off the ground and that we establish a reliable roster of vetted people to help at Toynbee.” [My emphasis]
No trace of irony from Doreen using the term vetted in the same sentence as Righton and his ‘enforced’ resignation.

“At the January meeting Dr Schlict agreed to take the Chair, at least for the time being. We did not proceed to electing Robert into the Deputy Chair because we only had a small number and it was felt that this should be done, if at all, with a more representative group. I also explained how you felt about things, which was understood. Claire Raynor insisted to Peter that her resignation went forward so we accepted that.”

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Doreen Cordell writing to Dr Charlotte Wolff, 1 February 1972 [Wellcome PSY/WOL/4/1]

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“Peter has retained the Chair of the Counselling & Training Sub Committee, thank goodness, and as, you know, it only comprised Theo, Michael Butler and Peter…”
On 26th January 1972 Dr Theo Schlict took over as Chair of ACCESS and David Allen, Peter Righton, Rev Malcolm Johnson and Mrs Doreen Cordell all attended. Claire Raynor’s resignation was finally announced having been given to Righton before the 8th December meeting, and one room at Toynbee Hall was ready with the telephone connected as promised, radio

“i. Mr Righton outlined the situation which had arisen in connection with his new appointment which precipitated his enforced resignation as Chairman. He re-affirmed that this did not imply any loss of interest or confidence in ACCESS or the cause it sought to promote and he was willing, subject to the concurrence of the members, to remain on the committee to give such service as he could as an ordinary member. He expressed thanks to Dr Schlict for agreeing to preside in the emergency.”

ii. Nominations for the Office of Chairman Members had been circulated as to the situation and nominations had been called for.

A letter was read from Dr Chartham nominating Dr Schlict and it was reported that others had made this suggestion. Dr Chartham expressed the hope that Dr Schlict would consider taking Office permanently but if he did not, he offered himself for the position as from next July, subject to the approval of the committee, suggesting that Dr Schlict might consider taking Office in the interim.”

Righton’s step down appears to be related to the need to stress that membership of ACCESS was done ‘on a personal basis rather than on a representative basis of any other organisation’. How had his new appointment at the National Children’s Bureau precipitated his resignation? Had  this been requested as a condition of his appointment at the National Children’s Bureau? And if so, how and whose decision at the NCB had it been to ask Righton to step down?

Another consequence of Righton’s step down was that he’d not been able to approach the Bishop of Stepney and it was therefore decided Rev. Malcolm Johnson would do this.

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ACCESS minutes 26 January 1972, p.1

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ACCESS minutes, 26 January 1972 p.2


Meanwhile back at the Albany Trust, Edgar Wright (Antony Grey) was firmly back in control and Dr John Robinson, former Bishop of Woolwich and Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge was putting the case for the age of consent to be lowered to 14

The Times, July 6th, 1972 Basil Gingell, ‘Dr Robinson puts case for age of consent to be 14′ – Dr John Robinson, Bishop of Woolwich, Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge

July 1971:Righton at the House of Lords – The Albany Trust’s Emergency Meeting of 12 Friends

Spychiatric Struggles: Righton’s attempt to gain control of Albany Trust’s counselling files

1. May 1971: In which Righton & Cordell establish ACCESS with Dr Robert Chartham (aka Ronald Seth – of potential interest to MI5) named on a draft trust deed and plan to takeover Albany Trust’s counselling casework files

2. July 1971: In which Righton gets called to the House of Lords by Lord Beaumont, ex Liberal party Chairman & Treasurer for an emergency meeting of the 12 friends of the Albany Trust [See below]

3. September & October 1971: In which Righton and Dr Chartham realise they will have to get the Trust’s counselling casework files via less confrontational means and Righton takes advice from Jack Profumo


Lord Beaumont calls Emergency Meeting at House of Lords – to take place on Monday 19th July

Eight months of gradual decline into chaos for the Trust started with the replacement of Antony Grey with Michael de la Noy as Director, Cordell’s sacking and de la Noy’s persistent wrangling to turn counseling casework into publishing opportunities, all forcing Lord Beaumont of Whitley as Chairman of the Trust since 1969, to call an emergency meeting.


Backed by his four Albany Trustees (Dr John Robinson, Keith Wedmore, Michael Schofield, Martin Ennals) on 19th July 1971 the Lords Liberal spokesman for education and the arts proposed to host twelve people deemed as ‘Friends’ of the Albany Trust, including Righton and Grey (as his real name, Edgar Wright) at the House of Lords to discuss the future of the Trust.

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Marked Highly Confidential: Papers for meeting on Monday 19th July

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Beaumont’s papers for 19th July meeting



12 Friends of Albany Trust invited to House of Lords Emergency meeting


While not having quite the prestige of the Palace of Westminster to gather people within, two in particular of Beaumont’s Albany Trustees were not without status and power. Robinson was then the current Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge (and former Anglican Bishop of Woolwich, South London) and Martin Ennals was three years into a 12 year period spent as the Secretary General of Amnesty International. Schofield was a wealthy son of a leading Leeds department store-owner who’d turned away from trade to become a sexual sociologist, and Keith Wedmore, was a reforming Quaker barrister.

Lord Beaumont of Whitley (1928 – 2008) was according to one obituary headline ‘a millionaire priest and publisher who became the first Green peer’


[The Independent obituary , Liberal Party Treasurer 1962 – 1967, Life Peerage, Chairmanship of Liberal Party , Lords Liberal spokesman for education and arts 1968 – 1986)


“For Beaumont, ordination and publishing both eventually lost their charms, and politics took their place. The Liberal Party suited to perfection his emotional and intellectual inclinations, and provided a relatively small goldfish bowl in which to exercise his talents and rise to the top. By 1962 he was treasurer of the party, and five years later he received his reward for substantial contributions to party funds by way of a life peerage. It was the one honour he had always wanted, and coincided with his chairmanship of the Liberal Party. In the Lords he became Liberal spokesman for education and arts, 1968-86, later, for the Lib Dems, on conservation and the countryside. When he announced his defection to the Greens in 1999 he blamed the Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy’s lack of action on the environment for his decision.”


Married to the cousin of Princess Margaret’s husband (Anthony Armstrong-Jones), a Mary Rose Wauchope in 1955, Tim Beaumont had lived in Kowloon Hong Kong as an Anglican priest during the early years of wedded life, until receiving his inheritance he returned to the UK in 1959. During the 1960s, he bought up a number of Christian publications including Lady Rhondda’s Time and Tide, appointing himself Editor of Prism and Michael de la Noy his assistant editor.


“In 1962 he joined Prism Publications and he became assistant editor of Prism, the radical church voice of the time. In 1963 the Reverend Tim Beaumont, later Lord Beaumont of Whitley, gave him a job as part of a team at Lambeth Palace producing a group of magazines including Time & Tide. Michael De-la-Noy was given responsibility for Outlook, a new-style insert for parish magazines.”[i]


But by summer 1970, after three years accompanying the Archbishop Ramsey as Press Officer, De La Noy left under a cloud following the publication of two articles; one on a transvestite Army Colonel living at Earl’s Court and the other, a frank account of bisexual life, both deemed inappropriate. Ramsey was a celibate homosexual and De La Noy, not only accused Ramsey’s staff at Lambeth Palace of pushing him out, but also took to making threats in the press about a forthcoming book he was writing.


De-la-Noy’s Complaint


“The Archbishop of Canterbury’s summarily dismissed press officer, Michael De-La-Noy has found a new job and is planning a book that promises to chill his old master far more than his sexy articles for naughty magazines. First the job. On the morning the guillotine fell, he was offered work on industrial public relations in London, A fortnight later, he has taken it up.


The book, De-La-Noy says will be the full story of his sacking. “It is really about the workings of the Church establishment, which overlaps of course, with the State establishment. It has more power and is more sinister than people realise.” But the book, he insists, will not be vindictive.


He is still receiving letters about his dismissal and is still baffled at the ham-headed way it was done. “They took a sledgehammer to crack a nut. They didn’t have to sack me. I was intending to go back to journalism next spring anyhow. All they had to do was say please find another job and I would have done so.” It wouldn’t have made half as good a book though.”


[The Guardian, 24 July 1970]



By the time De La Noy had insinuated his way into the Directorship of the Albany Trust with a visit to the offices to declare his intention to write a book on sexuality for Church of England ordinands, he and Beaumont had known one another for 8 years. His stint at Albany Trust and then the Sexual Law Reform Society did not prevent his publication of A Day in the Life of God (1971), referring to a letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Ramsey, asking for De La Noy’s forgiveness for sacking him.


For Beaumont, Albany Trust’s financial woes were starting to look insignificant next to his own.



“The 1970s were a time of serious decline in his financial position. Whether this was due to the failure of all but one of his publishing ventures and his excessive generosity was never clear. Whatever the explanation, houses and paintings had to be sold and by 1976 he was augmenting his by now modest income by writing the food column in the Illustrated London News.” [ ]


Doreen tells all to Peter Righton and Dr Charlotte Wolff: 5th July 1971

In nervous anticipation of the forthcoming House of Lords emergency meeting, and wishing to put her two ACCESS champions in the picture about Antony Grey and Michael De La Noy’s machinations,  Doreen writes to Dr Charlotte Wolff and Peter Righton, enclosing an extra copy for Righton to pass on to Canon Eric James  ( “I have done a copy to Charlotte which, as I said, I will post on to her and will enclose an additional copy in case you think it might be worth Eric having a copy”) [iii]

[p1] Doreen’s faith and belief in Peter Righton is tremendous:

– “Of all those concerned with the meeting – and that includes both present and past Directors, present and past Trustees and any others concerned, YOU are the only one who can possibly know anything of the content, depth and variety of the work which was being done. How glad I am that you spent those few days at No. 32 [Shaftesbury Avenue, Albany Trust offices] over the Christmas because although this was not altogether representative of the total picture, you are the only person who has taken the trouble to do this and thus the only person who can claim in any way to know anything of the work.

The reason why I include both past and present Directors in the ‘not knowing’ category is because, as you know, Antony was both mentally and physically (most of the time) in abstention over the past 2 years and certainly since the end of 1967 and beginning of 1968 he adopted the attitude that he just didn’t want to know. The reasons for this you also know – his obsession with his own private affairs which, as you know, intruded wickedly into the time of the A.T, this situation only being cracked by Avril when she arrived at the beginning of 1970. Thus the previous Director’s comments and influence should be invalidated not only because of his own attitude and emotional inability to adjust to the post-1967 situation but also because of the situation with those in whom he interested himself who had (in both cases to my knowledge) come to the Trust for help.

So far as the present Director is concerned, he has just not the professional understanding to know with what he is dealing – it is just as simple as that. This is evinced by his own attitude that he can give advice just as well as I can and in much less time much more efficiently’ and his use of totally unsuitable people to interview those coming for help, including himself, who are totally incapable of diagnostic and professional referral work. It is not their fault in that they succumbed to what a consultant psychiatrist called the Director’s ‘psychopathic cunning and charm’ or, what is more likely, as journalists and writers, they saw the opportunity, as did the Director, to avail themselves of ‘human interest’ material which I have no doubt they will proceed to use in the future in a journalistic manner. As journalists, one would expect this to happen which makes what has happened and the exposure of those in trouble to such people an even more serious issue.

Why I include the Trustees in this category is because this perviously in the office were kept at arms length by the previous Director and only in fact, told what he himself wanted them to know of what was going on. He always took the view that he was the Director of the Trust (although this title only recently) and that he was not going to be ‘told’ what to do either by the Trustees or by the supporters – leading on the invidious position which has grown up between the Trust and whose who, mostly out of their own hard-earned incomes, provided the funds to keep the Trust in being including paying salaries of the staff including the Director.”


“You must also know that Antony’s position was rather different from Michael’s in that he was engaged by the Trust as a Consultant and paid a fee accordingly. When he was secretary of both A.T. and H.L.R.S. he was still technically employed as a Consultant and this was a situation which misled many and which put him into the strong position of dictating in the way he did.”


[p.3] “It is important for you to know this background because I have never disclosed the technicalities of it before although I have been aware of the situation but determinedly worked to the Ambrose formula and the constitution.”

– “On the liabilities  side I know there there is an annual contract with J.Lyons & Co as the landlords, and from memory the cost of that accommodation is about £1,000 per year”

[p.5] “With the advent of the present Chairman and then the present Director (not so much when Dr Robinson joined the Trust) this fell away in a twofold manner = those who , at personal risk, undertook counselling of a religious kind, pulled away from the Trust because they felt themselves to be in serious danger, and those who would have come to the trust for help did not do so because of its public alignment with a particular denomination”

On the animosity between herself and Antony Grey, Doreen let Peter Righton know that Grey’s previous administrative assistant Joy Blanchard ‘exercised tight control’ over him (which is interesting in the context of Grey’s petitioning the Trustees in other meeting Minutes for Joy’s pension to kept up to date with his own) due to Grey having got involved with three clients of the Albany Trust who were under 21, one incident being known to Joy and two known to Doreen. Doreen calls under 21s Grey’s ‘achilles heel’ but that’s not to say Grey was at all interested in under 16s although the law would still have made him vulnerable to blackmail post 1967 due to inequality of age of consent – her point also being regarding the unprofessionalism of becoming involved with a client of the Trust who was presumably vulnerable and in need of help and the way in which the Trustees were involved and how dealing with Grey’s personal life was eating into valuable Trust time. She was also careful to point out that Antony Grey was well aware of the connotations for the Albany Trust if it were seen to be advertising in or writing for Spartacus and did not wish for the Trust to be associated with them – something which Michael De La Noy ignores.

However, what Doreen was so clearly unaware of was that Peter Righton would have had some idea of why Antony Grey was machinating and withdrawn from July 1969 – since he had become Chairman of the Albany Trust’s Social Projects Study Group with Antony Grey as Secretary [ see 1968-1970: Albany Trust, Peter Righton, Antony Grey and Ian Greer ] and together they had committed to an intense 12 month period of fortnightly meetings in time for the 1970 Social Work Conference at York, chaired by Raymond Clark.

[p.6] “You must know – in case you are not aware of this already – that because of my unwillingness to machinate for Antony in his private affairs, he turned extremely vicious during the latter part of 1969 and early 1970. It was for this reason that he brought Avril into the picture, thinking that he would set us against each other. However, she quickly saw through the situation and cracked it at once – after 3 weeks to be precise, whereas I had had to put up with it for 3 years!

If it is asked why I put up with it all that time, it was because I knew, beyond any shadow of doubt, that once Joy Blanchard became so ill leaving Antony and I on our own, it boiled down to a question of my word against his – and I knew which way the Trustees would take it.”


“Joy’s illness was rather a turning point in the scheme of things because she had previously exercised tight control on Antony (because of her intimate knowledge of a previous incident similar to those in which I was involved related to his private life in which the trustees were also involved.) However, with her not there and with my apparent ignorance of the back history, Antony took advantage of the situation.

At that time, he did his utmost to force me into the position of his Assistant.”


“I knew that he had had a great shock when he began to realise the swing back of police activity immediately the Act went through which disclosed the real inadequacies of the law reform which had taken so much out of him. It was as if all the effort was for nought. The only real thing the Act did, as you know, was to enable two consenting adults over 21 to have a relationship. All the peripheral aspects and especially the under 21s – which is his own achilles heel – were worse than ever before. As a legal man, he found this very hard to take and I could understand and sympathise.

To add to his emotional disturbance, we had, as you know got involved in the transvestite/transexual field and this to him was the ‘last straw’. It dawned on me to the full when I heard him explaining to someone that the whole idea of transsexualism is abhorrent to one who is homosexual, because it is, in fact, the castration of the source of erotic stimulation. i know he felt this deeply and went through agonies over the 1st Gender Identity Symposium we ran and it was basically for this reason that, in spite of his promise and our obligation to all those wonderful specialists who attended from all over the world, he failed to publish the Proceedings. He just could not face up to the job of editing such a subject.

This was especially pertinent because it coincided with a time when he was in a bad emotional state personally and it was from then on, July 1969, that he was really withdrawn. Because I realised all this, I withheld details of casework from him, keeping him informed of trends and developments with a brief report every so often. For a long while I deliberately sought his help with legal difficulties until I realised that this, too, was a source of anguish to him. Thus we were not able to take the positive action which we should have done at a time when police activity and court interpretation of the Act was so serious.”

On Michael De La Noy, Doreen was able to bring Righton up to date with how he’d first arrived in the office and also how he’d published an article with Spartacus [ Spotlight on Abuse: The Spartacus paedophile network was exposed by the Sunday People in February 1983 ] in the hope of ‘big money’ with John D Stamford [Spotlight on Abuse: UK Connections with international pedophile network Spartacus ]

[p.7] ” Avril summed up the position with in the first week of his arrival. In fact he had so beforehand on the occasion when he came to the Trust for help with a book which he was proposing to write on the lack of suitable training in Ordinands for our particular work. [p.8] This was just prior to his interview by the Selection Committee though only I knew of his application. Avril and the girls thought he was a ‘case’ because he behaved in such a disturbed way when he first arrived. Thus they bent over backwards to put him at his ease only to receive incredible rudeness from him.

My reaction was the same – that he was a highly disturbed young man – during the course of our talk which I kept strictly to the subject in hand. I put him in touch with one or two of our religious folk who immediately reacted and rang me to say we should have nothing to do with such a dangerous individual. I pointed out that his request had concerned the church and, as I felt inadequate in discussing the training of ordinands, I had referred him to those who knew all about it and trusted them to ‘deal with him appropriately.” However, the next we knew was that he had been appointed Director! And this inspite of the fact that I had sent a message to Lord Beaumont via his personal secretary that he seemed to be a person in need of help and I had put him in touch with some of our church folk for this purpose!”


“During December when I had tried to convey to him the breadth and importance of our future and the many things which are needing to be done by an active Director that I disclosed to him the 9-months work I had done on religious ceremonies and the file which I had built up of comments made by those within the various churches. All though this files were undertakings by me in response to suggestions from the contributors that the next stage was a highly confidential ecumenical conference without any publicity of any kind so that those who were concerned with this question could evolve some sort of recommendation which could be made through the churches and come from within. You know how this got treated – a wide press circulation and a sermon in Norfolk with blazoned headlines. When I protest and said this had broken confidence I was told by the Chairman and other trustees that this was not so, however, while they had all read the sermon, not one of them had taken the trouble to read the file.

This was only one item of many where damage was done by public statements – the article in Sparticus [sic] referred to on Saturday as being derogatory to the Trust was, in fact, one engineered by Michael and given by him and consisted of quotes from his comments. In this, of course, we had the business of adverse publicity to St. Katherine’s where we had promised Father Hoey that this would never happen. “


In fact, he gave the article because he thought he was going to get money (in a big way) from Stamford. It was a fait accompli before we knew anything about it – inspite of the fact that, give Antony his due, he had resisted (Antony I mean) having any reference to A.T. in Sparticus because of its circulation, and the nature of the publication.”

Monday 19th July: Committee Room 3 at the House of Lords

“Held at the House of Lords on Monday 19th July at the invitation of the Chairman of the Trustees, Lord Beaumont, to discuss the future of the Trust. While it was not suggested that the Trust should not continue, consideration was given to transferring its casework to another organisation. The meeting was an advisory one only, during which the Chairman (Peter Righton?) outlined the establishment of the ACCESS and following which the Trustees held their own meeting to come to a decision.”[ii]


Dr Charlotte Wolff’s notes of her attendance at the meeting, those who spoke and how positive or negative their response to hers and Peter Righton’s suggestions are held at the Wellcome Library [PSY/Wol/4/1].

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Notes of House of Lords meeting, p.1 PSY/Wol/4/1 Wellcome Institute / Dr Charlotte Wolff


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p. 3 Notes of House of Lords meeting, p.2 PSY/Wol/4/1 Wellcome Institute / Dr Charlotte Wolff

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p.2 Notes of House of Lords meeting



At the close of the meeting Wolff noted:

“Lord B much thanked M de la Noy for his great application and devotion to his task. De La Noy mentioned he had been fired from his previous job because of his outspokenness about sex. Lord B much sympathised with him.”



Dr Charlotte Wolff (ACCESS invitee, later Albany Trustee)


At 11.30am the following Monday 26th July, a week after attending the emergency Albany Trust meeting at the House of Lords, Dr Charlotte Wolff answered her phone to Michael De La Noy and had a conversation she took the trouble to transcribe.








MdlN: “Lord Beaumont asked me to phone you and arrange a meeting with Michael Schofield and myself about the referral of the cases – I gather you stand in for Mr Righton’s practice


Dr C.W: “Yes but nothing can happen for about 3 months – could you not wait until Peter Righton is back – It would only be theoretical what we could discuss


MdlN: I know that it would only be theoretical but it would help me – Michael Schofield would prefer afternoons. Could you meet us this week?”


Cr C.W. No I cannot. Perhaps next Monday or Thursday 4pm at the Albany Trust. Ask Mr Schofield and ring me back.


MdlN: Yes. Thank you.


Phone call finished – I thought this is odd – Doreen must come with me – It is entirely her comain – And I felt insecure that my words might be twisted by de la Noy and even by Schofield – I need a witness apart from anything else


Rang Doreen at once


She immediately suggested to come with me – I – You took the words right out of my mouth – That is what I want – D They may try to pull a fast one over you – We decided to phone Michael to tell him that I bring Doreen


The phone constantly engaged I phone Michael Schofield.


He hardly spoke – anything else but a rather discourteous yes or no. His attitude a great surprise to me. I told him I wish to bring D.


MS: No you cannot – they don’t get on


Dr CW: They have to communicate anyway. D is doing the whole ?


MS: Excitedly – No he won’t communicate with her – A Secretary can do this. He is ?? to do that


Dr CW: Do you remember my ?talk? with you a few months ago – I told you he is altogether ??. But as long as he is Director, he will have to communicate with D – He has to send files and documents. A secretary could not do this – on her own.


MS: Yes she can.


Dr CW: Well it is for Righton’s and my wish that D is ?? …and this interview is for her more than for me


MS: [WG?] are you difficult


Dr CW: Not at all – I shall be delighted to come with D.


MS: I call the meeting off


Dr CW: Fine, then you wait for Peter Righton


MS: (A faint) Yes.




Dr CW: Goodbye


And yet a week after Dr Charlotte Wolff’s awkward conversations with De La Noy and Michael Schofield, Lord Beaumont sent a further circular to the Friends suggesting a smooth transfer was in hand, and Righton would have control over the Trust’s counseling casework by Christmas 1971.


“The Trustees (and I am glad to tell you that Edgar Wright has accepted an invitation to re-join the Board) have decided to carry on the work of the Albany Trust as defined in the Trust Deed and to run down the case of referral work over the next three months. To this end Michael Schofield and Michael De-La-Noy will be having talks with Michael Butler, Peter Righton and Dr Wolff to see what alternative arrangements can be made.”





[ii] PSY/WOL/4/1 Wellcome Archives 21 September ACCESS minutes

[iii] PSY/Wol/4/1 Wellcome Archives Doreen Cordell correspondence file

1968-1970: Albany Trust, Peter Righton, Antony Grey and Ian Greer

It was during the summer of 1968, that Antony Grey notes “a weekend study conference of about thirty people, mostly from the caring professions, met to review the social situation following law reform” and the Trust began to be steered towards ‘youth sexuality’. Hosted at Wychcroft, Surrey, the home of the Church of England’s Southwark Diocese Ordination course for new incoming priests, the July weekend’s focus according to Grey, was on the homosexual ‘image’, the need for more supportive social frameworks, more realistic public education concerning teenage sexuality ‘and the often extensive sexual experience of young people, both heterosexual and homosexual, and the social folly of treating them as criminals on the pretext of ‘protecting’ them, was stressed.’[i]


To that end the group requested the Trust to put in place a research and practical help project for those aged under twenty-one – as Grey pinpoints “the beginning of the Trust’s special concern for this very vulnerable age group.”[ii] The plans of the thirty people gathering together in July 1968 were to serve as a ‘significant precursor’ to the 1970 Social Needs Conference in York and the Trust’s ensuing development programme.


Rev. Malcolm Johnson in his recently published autobiography ‘Diary of a gay priest: The Tightrope Walker, who was at the time a chaplain to Queen Mary’s College, resident at St Benet’s on the Mile End Road, gives a first-hand account of attending the weekend:


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Ken Plummer the sociologist, one of the attendees mentioned above, is currently Emeritus Professor of sociology at Essex University [‘Paedophilia is natural and normal for males’ The Telegraph, 5 July 2014]

By June 1969, the informal group at Wychcroft had begun to take on a more formal structure at the inaugural meeting of the Albany Trust Social Projects Study Group. Peter Righton, who was then currently M.A. Lecturer in Social Work Training at the National Institute of Social Work and ever the keen public speaker, was by November 1969 very much involved with the Trust’s counselling work and presented the Albany Trust’s Winter Talk on ‘The Concept of Counselling.[iii]

With Righton at the helm as Chair, and Antony Grey, Managing Trustee of the Albany Trust as Secretary, and one other attendee, Rev. Michael Butler who would later become Counselling Trustee for Albany, the Study Group’s stated objectives, to be achieved over the course of an intense 12 month period meeting fortnightly, were to cover:


  • the comparative assessment of the history, mode of operation and achievements of homophile groups in other countries (notably US Holland France and Scandinavia ) as well as development in Britain to date
  • unmet needs in this country
  • proposals for action


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“It was felt that the research should be of sufficient depth to influence opinion in the Churches, Parliamentary, Government and legal circles as well as the Press; and that in order to be useful, it should provoke general discussion of a nature calculated to remove the legal obstacle which remain in the way of non-hazardous social contact between homosexual people. It would be necessary to delineate the defects of the present situation, social as well as legal, and the contents should include the broader questions of public policy and education.”


It was agreed that the research should be carried out under the auspices of Albany Trust and that Peter Righton would work with Antony Grey on compiling UK organisations and with the Dutch Economist Leo Perk on Continental Organisations. Leo Perk Vlaanderen, resident in England for most of his life, had an interest in the re-education of ex-prisoners and financing the British education of children from developing countries, which had led to him establishing a charitable foundation in his mother’s name.

While Perk was unable to make it to the inaugural meeting, Ian Greer, Allan Campbell, Keith Lye, and Brian Parkinson were all in attendance.

At the time Greer, who thirty years later would achieve notoriety in the Cash for Questions scandal involving the House of Fraser’s Mohammed Al-Fayed, (exposed by Exaro’s (then Guardian) journalist David Hencke and the Observer’s David Leigh), was also working for the Mental Health Trust. In 1966 in a surprising detour from his political aspirations, Greer’s name had been passed to Lord Butler and Sir Evelyn Rothschild and he had accepted an appointment as National Director. [iv]

Greer’s 13 years at Conservative Central Office and then as a campaign manager in Billericay meant that by his mid-thirties he’d built a wealth of political experience and contacts. During his time at the Mental Health Trust, and a year before joining forces with Righton and Grey on the Study Project, he and his partner John Russell went into business together, establishing Russell Greer Associates, a political PR lobbying firm – a concept very much ahead of its time, although already well established in Washington.

“Mr Greer became the party’s youngest ever agent (a full-time party post then and reasonably paid) working the Billericay beat. There followed a three-year spell as national director of the Mental Health Trust before he returned to the political world. In 1970 he set up a consultancy with a friend, John Russell, a venture which, after only modest success, ended when the two fell out in 1980.” [ ]

By May 1969 the Rt. Hon. Jo Grimond, MP, otherwise known as ‘the man who saved the Liberals’ had launched a national campaign on behalf of the Mental Health Trust to raise £250,000 to establish a network of rehabilitation centres, and other projects.

Mental Health Trust advert 1969: I’m still trying to wipe away the tears of my childhood: The private trauma behind the star of the shocking ad campaign [Daily Mail, 29 June 2012]

In his June 1995 statement to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Standards & Privileges Greer gave a more detailed account of his invitation to head up the Mental Health Trust, hand-picked by Lord Butler (former Home Secretary at the time Sir Ian Horobin MP’s prosecution for abuse of boys, promoted to Deputy Prime Minister in Macmillan’s Night of the Long Knives during) and Sir Evelyn De Rothschild.





Ian Bramwell Greer of 19 Catherine Place, London, SW1E 6DX will say:


  1. I am 62 years of age, having been born in 1933. After leaving school at 17, I went on to further education at a business college before, in 1953, commencing work for Conservative Central Office as a Constituency Campaign Organiser. I later became the then youngest Conservative Party agent in the country.


  1. I have always, throughout my adult life, taken a great interest in politics, probably through the influence of my parents, who were both Salvation Army Officers and deeply committed Christians who devoted a great deal of their time to social work. I can recall at the age of about 12 or so delivering leaflets in support of the late Winston Churchill’s election campaign. I recall that at the time I started work for Conservative Central Office I was paid £6.00 per week which, even those days, represented little more than a subsistence allowance. My work involved establishing the structure of Conservative Party organisations in the various constituencies where I was sent, raising funds and seeking to introduce new members to the Conservative Party. I thought a great deal about the possibility of standing for Parliament myself but, since I do not come from a wealthy background, and knowing how insecure an MP’s position can be, after 13 years I decided to concentrate on developing my own professional career, outside the Conservative Party.


  1. My first thought was to seek employment with a public relations company, but my name was passed to the then Lord Butler, better known as RAB Butler, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education, and Sir Evelyn De Rothschild, a member of the famous banking family, who were involved in establishing the Mental Health Trust. I left the employment of the Conservative Party in 1966 to become National Director of the Trust, which was an organisation pledged to a campaign to raise money and to change the attitude of both the public and government towards the mentally ill. At the time, there remained a great deal of ignorance about mental illness not only amongst the public but also amongst politicians; the attitude still at that time was to lock the mentally ill away from other members of the community in huge, Victorian institutions. I recall our campaign slogan at the time was “Hurt Minds Can Be Healed” and I believe that a great deal of the work which I, and others connected with the Trust, carried out, helped to enlighten both the public and the legislators to have a greater understanding of the problems of mental illness. I held the position for two years, working as a lobbyist on behalf of the mentally ill, their families and dependents.
  2. My experience at the Mental Health Trust demonstrated to me the contribution an effective lobbying campaign can make. I was already aware, from my time at Conservative Central Office, where I had always taken a keen interest in American as well as British politics, of the far greater developed lobbying system which had grown up in the US and the more effective way in which campaigns were mounted, by both professional and non professional lobbyists in the US, in order to ensure that legislators had a better understanding of particular social or business concerns. I was also aware of the very wide feeling amongst industrialists that Members of Parliament and Government Ministers had no real understanding of their needs, and the widespread feeling of MPs and Government Ministers that industrialists did not understand the process of government. I accordingly decided, with a colleague, to start a political public relations company, Russell Greer Associates, which was set up in 1968. With the benefit of hindsight, I can see that the concept was ahead of its time. I found it very frequently to be the case, when approaching potential clients, that the attitude tended to be that the directors of a company felt they would be able to follow what was going on in Parliament from reading the Financial Timesor, quite frequently, I would be told that one of the directors had been close personal friends of an MP for many years and was quite sure that the MP would keep the company informed of anything it needed to know. Many of the people I met at this time seemed to have great confidence in the traditional “old boy” network and, although my intention had been for Russell Greer Associates to be involved mainly in political matters, it became largely a financial and general public relations company. The years from 1968 until 1982 were a time of great struggle for me financially, trying to develop the business.


From July 1969, a month after his inauguration as Secretary of the Social Study Projects Group alongside Righton, Doreen Cordell, a counselling employee of the Trust had sensed that Antony was completely withdrawn, ‘in absentia’ in mind mostly but also physically as she would later write to Peter Righton[v], unaware he and Grey were deeply involved in extra-curricular projects, with far grander plans for power and influence in lobbying than through counselling provision or the Trust as the sole medium. His overall lack of interest in the counselling and the affairs of the Trust had begun during the final debates and the coming into force of the Sexual Offences Act 1967.

Later the same year the Study Group had been established, Raymond Clarke (who was later to smooth the path for the Trust’s government funding) chaired one of the first provincial social work conferences at York University bringing together people representing most of the homophile groups in Britain, alongside delegates from churches, education, social work and counselling. Arising out of this first York Conference a major decision arose which Grey describes as:

“to convene a working party to produce a report on the particular problems involved and skills required in counselling homosexuals. The resulting document, Counselling homosexuals: a study of personal needs and public attitudes, compiled by Peter Righton and published by the National Council for Social Services Square Press in 1973, still merits attention. In his Introduction, Raymond Clarke referred to the growing openness of society, with less stigma than formerly attaching to certain areas of social need, but commented that ‘when one member of the conference referred to the ‘hell of alienation felt by many homosexuals’ there was a general agreement that this was all too common.”[vi]

On Grey’s return from York the temperature in the Trust’s offices cooled considerably. Doreen Cordell and Grey were locked in a bitter battle over Grey’s wish for Cordell to support the new Social Needs group work administratively. “You must know” – she wrote to Peter Righton almost two years later, “ in case you are not aware of this already – that because of my unwillingness to machinate for Antony in his private affairs, he turned extremely vicious during the latter part of 1969 and early 1970.” [vii]

“With help from Michael Schofield and other sociologists a questionnaire on social needs of homosexual men and women was compiled and over 5,000 copies of this were widely distributed between December 1969 and February 1970. 2672 anonymously completed replies were received – from 2082 men, 588 women and two people who did not specify their sex.”[viii]

During the spring and summer of 1970 analysis of the responses was undertaken. A weekend residential conference entitled ‘Social Needs’ and sponsored by the Albany Trust and the Yorkshire Council of Social Service took place at York University in July 1970 to discuss the results of the survey and implications for future work.

“Another good friend who appeared around this time, and played a powerful supporting role for the Trust for many years, was Raymond Clark, who was at the time Secretary of the Yorkshire Council of Social Service. Raymond, who came from a Methodist background and was a magistrate, had a very distinguished career in social service. When he left Yorkshire he came for some years head of the national organisations division of the National Council of Social Service in London, where I continued to work closely with him. Later, Sir Keith Joseph, asked him to become Director of the Personal Social Services Council and he finished his career as chief executive of the National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations. When we first came into contact with Raymond in Leeds he was already well aware of the mental loneliness and physical isolation experienced by homosexuals, especially those living away from large towns. We referred some of our Northern cases to him, and instead of going home to his wife and family after a long day’s work he would sometimes spend his evenings travelling out into the country by bus to counsel some desperately lonely person who had contacted the Albany Trust; a generous and selfless gesture which typifies his attitude to social service. We soon realised that in Raymond Clarke we had a sympathetic and highly professional ear for our plans, and he set up and jointly sponsored with the Albany Trust one of the first provincial social work conferences we took part in at York University in 1969. This was so successful that it led to the important residential ‘Social Needs’ conference at York in 1970, chaired by Raymond.”[ix]

Soon after the York Meeting, Grey handed in his resignation to the Trustees and departed at the end of September 1970, making way for Michael De La Noy, the planned coup of Albany Trust’s counselling files by Peter Righton and Doreen Cordell and the arrival of Dr Robert Chartham.

January 1973: Peter Righton compiles Doreen Cordell’s observations into a report

In January 1973 Righton would finally publish a report presenting the views of the Working Party set up at the York Conference, a jointly sponsored event by the Albany Trust and Yorkshire Council of Social Service, headed by Raymond T Clarke who also writes the Preface. Under Sir Keith Joseph’s Ministerial responsibility for Social Services in Ted heath’s Cabinet, Clarke had been promoted to the Head of the National Organisation Division within the National Council of Social Service. 2. 5 years previously he had been Secretary to Yorkshire Council Social Services.

Another Albany Trust member of the Working Party is Rev. Michael Butler, Deputy Director of The Samaritans over at Chad Varah’s church in the city – the Grocer’s Company St Stephen’s Walbrook.

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January 1973, National Council of Social Services


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Members of the Working Party



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Raymond Clarke’s preface


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Raymond Clarke’s preface


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Peter Righton’s wish to conflate terminology


Published while Peter Righton is listed as Head of the Children’s Centre, National Children’s Bureau, this A5 booklet he sets out a proposal for a training framework for educating counsellors and befrienders in catering to homosexual clients having identified a specific issue with terminology. Righton is most concerned to conflate the definition of homosexuality with pederasty by pointing out it can be conflated, followed by what now might be discerned as a description of his own predatory behaviour.

The observations are based on the experience of one worker – most likely to be Doreen Cordell – over four years [April 1967 – spring 1971] at the Albany Trust, without reference or further analysis of the case material, because presumably the Trust’s counselling case files were never transferred to ACCESS. Specifically focuses on Doreen’s clients, male and female aged 15-69 during 1970-1971, some of whom may have moved with her when she was forced to leave the Trust in spring 1971 by Michael De La Noy, the Trust’s new Director. In terminology, Righton as the compiler observes:

“It is decidedly unfortunate that pederasty has two distinct sense, the second much more perjorative than the first, and that there is no agreement on the age-range covered by the term pederasty in the first sense. In practice, the few who use the term neutrally tend to mean ‘adolescent boy, the many who use the term with a condemnatory intention tend to mean ‘prepubertal boy’. There is no term corresponding to pederasty used in the first sense which can be used to refer to a woman’s attraction to an adolescent girl. Further misconceptions arise from the common public belief that most male homosexuals are ‘plotting and scheming’ to commit pederasty (in the second sense) whenever they get the chance.’

Righton’s tactic in publicly pre-empting any slips he might make or news of any previous close shaves he’d already had with the law as homophobic slurs also tells us what he knows to be the truth about himself: a man intent on ‘plotting and scheming’ to commit sexual assaults on post (and pre?) pubertal boys; a child rapist obsessed by opportunity and access to children, exploiting his power and influence in ever-ascending social circles every inch of the way.

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‘plotting and scheming’



[i] Quest for Justice: Towards homosexual emancipation (1992) Antony Grey Loc 3264/6001

[ii] Grey Loc 3275/6001

[iii] New Society, 20 November 1969

[iv] Greer’s Witness Statement to the Privilege & Standards Committee

[v] PSY/WOL/4/1 Letter Jul 1971 Doreen Cordell to Peter Righton

[vi] Grey Loc 3319/6001

[vii] Ibid p.6 5th July 1971 Doreen Cordell to Peter Righton

[viii] Grey Loc 3291/6001

[ix] Grey Loc 3052/6001

Albany Trust, Access, Peter Righton, Dr Robert Chartham (aka Ronald Seth) and MI5

Antony Grey’s 1992 ‘ Quest for Justice: Towards Homosexual Emancipation’ makes but one mention of Peter Righton by name (see below) but by 1971 Peter Righton was very involved with counselling work at the Albany Trust bringing him into contact with many important and influential people, as had his employment as lecturer for MA Social Work for the National Institute of Social Work (NISW – Room 11).

Antony Grey: Quest for Justice, Loc 3318/6001

Antony Grey: Quest for Justice, Loc 3318/6001

Antony Grey: Quest for Justice, Loc 3318/6001 – Peter Righton compiled York Social Needs Conference 1970 survey, published by NCSS Bedford Square Press 1973

During 1971 there was a curious incident which looks a lot like an attempt at a coup to gain control of the Trust’s counselling casefiles, providing valuable blackmail material in alternative hands. When the then Director, Michael De La Noy, dismissed the one paid member of staff (Doreen Cordell, a social worker from Streatham) and called a Chubb locksmith to break into the filing cabinets, Doreen vowed to fight for her 3 months’ pay in lieu of notice and when she won, use it to fund 3 months of her time continuing with her counselling casework privately.

This she did, by which time she’d become so close to Peter Righton (who’d spent time with her over Christmas 1970 at the Trust’s Shaftesbury Avenue offices counselling clients when De La Noy had first arrived – prior to Doreen’s dismissal) that by May 1971, together they’d resolved to set up an alternative counselling charity to take over Albany Trust’s counselling work. The counselling charity was called ACCESS – designed to embrace and support ‘Total Sexuality’. Righton was its Chairman and Cordell its Secretary.

Joint letter from Peter Righton & Doreen Cordell re ACCESS, 11 May 1971

Joint letter from Peter Righton & Doreen Cordell re ACCESS, 11 May 1971

Invitees to June 1971 ACCESS meeting including Dr Robert Chartham

Invitees to June 1971 ACCESS meeting including Dr Robert Chartham

Agenda for June 1971 inaugural meeting of ACCESS, Peter Righton Chairman

Agenda for June 1971 inaugural meeting of ACCESS, Peter Righton Chairman

One of the eight invitees to the inaugural meeting  was a Dr Robert Chartham of Ashford Kent. Along with Dr Theo Schlicht (whose son was Australian painter Rollin Schlicht) and Dr Charlotte Wolff (who later became an Albany Trustee), Dr Chartham  was named on the draft Charitable Trust Deed for ACCESS.

ACCESS Charitable Trust Deed

ACCESS Charitable Trust Deed

ACCESS charitable trust deed p.2

ACCESS charitable trust deed p.2

Dr Robert Chartham was considered to be a ‘sexologist’ and became Consultant Editor to Bob Guccione’s Penthouse Forum where he advertised methods for penis enlargement and erectile dysfunction such as vacuum pumps. These methods were challenged as a fraudulent scam in the States, resulting in a June 1977 decision against Dr Chartham’s claims.

However, Chartham’s real name was Ronald Sydney Seth as detailed in a recent article by PhD Candidate at the University of East Anglia,  Ben Wheatley, published in November 2013 in the Journal of Intelligence History

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Ben Wheatley’s article precis tells us:

MI5’s investigation of Ronald Sydney Seth, SOE’s Agent Blunderhead and the SD’s Agent 22D: Loyal British agent or Nazi double agent?

This article charts the colourful wartime career of Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent Ronald Sydney Seth and presents for the first time the subsequent investigation into his wartime conduct by MI5. Seth, as Agent Blunderhead, was parachuted into German-occupied Estonia late in 1942 to destroy the country’s vital shale oil plants. Upon landing, Seth was swiftly captured and offered to work for the Germans as a double agent. In April 1945, Seth was sent over the German border into Switzerland as SD Agent 22D, where he promptly presented the British with sensational peace terms from Himmler. This article presents the British security services’ remarkable conclusions and indicates that, in their opinion, Seth was ‘spiritually so much under German domination that he intends to work for an Anglo-German understanding and an anti-Russian policy after the war’, had ‘not told us all about the services he rendered to the Germans’, was of ‘unbalanced character and rabidly anti-Soviet’, ‘extremely untruthful’, prone to ‘megalomania’ and that ‘neither his loyalty to this country nor his discretion were all that could be desired’. Seth was also considered to be a post-war security threat whose job opportunities should be restricted. Despite these revelations, Seth was never prosecuted and was able to become a successful post-war espionage author. This article explains how these seemingly obvious contradictions came to pass.

Despite the 3rd SIS Interrogation report in May 1945 considering  Seth/Chartman  a man who needed to be kept an eye on as a post-war security threat and the vetoing of various potential postings, following his departure from the RAF he went on to become a teacher (where?) and publish his 1952 memoirs ‘ A Spy Has No Friends’ along with a number of other books.
Journal of British Intelligence, 4 November 2013, p.60

Journal of British Intelligence, 4 November 2013, p.60

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But in particular one book of Seth’s published in 1969, two years before his involvement with Righton and the ACCESS counselling charity caught my eye: Children Against Witches, where he discussed his view of the inherent unreliability of children’s testimony against the backdrop of Europe’s witch hunts.

By 1985 Macmillan were publishing Seth’s series of children’s travel books titled “Let’s go to…” providing an introduction to countries such as Malta.
It would be interesting to know whether MI5 continued to keep a vague eye on Seth/Chartham and his pro Anglo-German/anti-Soviet sentiments throughout his involvement with Righton and ACCESS.
If anyone has any further information on Ronald Seth’s career post Special Operations Executive and RAF I’d be grateful for any leads/recommended reading.