What did Hague know? Former Minister says Thatcher aide was paedophile who preyed on boys’ home

  • An ex-Tory minister has claimed Sir Peter Morrison was implicated in the child abuse scandal that engulfed children’s homes in North Wales
  • An inquiry discovered up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally in the 1970s and ’80s
  • Rod Richards, a former Tory MP, said he had seen evidence linking the former aide to Baroness Thatcher to the scandal

By Glen Owen

A former Tory Minister last night made incendiary claims that one of Margaret Thatcher’s closest aides was implicated in one of the most harrowing child abuse scandals of recent times.

William Hague: what do he know, and when did he know it?

Rod Richards, a former Conservative MP and ex-leader of the Welsh Tories, made the shocking allegation that he had seen evidence linking Sir Peter Morrison to the North Wales children’s homes case, in which up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally abused over 20 years.

Mr Richards also linked a second leading Tory grandee – now dead – to the scandals at homes including Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn Hall, both near Wrexham.

He said official documents had identified the pair as frequent, unexplained visitors to the care homes.

Mr Richards – who helped establish the inquiry that unearthed the scale of the abuse – said bluntly: ‘What I do know is that Morrison was a paedophile. And the reason I know that is because of the North Wales child abuse scandal.’

He added that William Hague, who was Welsh Secretary at the time of the inquiry, ‘should have seen the evidence about Morrison’.

Morrison was Lady Thatcher’s parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.

The claims prompted Labour MPs to call for the files to be reopened to ensure that there had not been an ‘establishment cover-up’.

Mr Hague called the inquiry into the scandal in 1996 after care homes boss John Allen was convicted of child abuse. It concluded that a  paedophile ring around Cheshire and Wrexham had caused ‘appalling suffering’ to children in care in the Seventies and Eighties.

Mr Richards said he received detailed briefings about the case while junior Welsh Office Minister for health and social services.

He said: ‘It fell to me to decide  initially whether to hold a public inquiry. So I saw all the documentation and the files. Morrison was linked. His name stood out on the notes to me because he had been an MP. He and [the other man] were named as visitors to the homes.’

Mr Richards could not offer anything to substantiate his claims against Morrison, who died in 1995 at the age of 51. But he said that as the MP for Chester, he would have no obvious reason to visit care homes in other MPs’ constituencies.

The claims have emerged amid growing public revulsion over the institutional failures revealed by  the Jimmy Savile scandal. Savile was a regular guest of Lady  Thatcher’s at Chequers.

Mr Richards added that he was frustrated that the £13 million, three-year inquiry headed by Sir Ronald Waterhouse QC had not uncovered any evidence to link Morrison to the  abuse. He said: ‘It would seem that there are some parallels with Savile in that Morrison got in under the radar, and his activities did not appear in the final report’.

However, he said that as Welsh Secretary, Mr Hague ‘should have seen the evidence about Morrison’ in the preliminary files…

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3 Responses to “What did Hague know? Former Minister says Thatcher aide was paedophile who preyed on boys’ home”

  1. Carl Jones Says:

    North Wales police were a deeply masonic force in the 70`s and 80`s. The Freemasons are strong in all UK police forces, but North Wales was up near the top of the pile.

    My father was a NWP officer. From joining in the early 70`s, he was at the time, the fastest to be promoted to sergent. He then did his Inspectors exams and at the time, you put yourself up for promotion. Again, he was the youngest and fastest to this point. But he arrested a judge for drink driving. Just about everyone who was anyone, put extraordinary pressuron`t e on my father to drop the drink drive charges, but he didn`t. My father was constantly harrased by Freemasons in the NWP to join the Freemasons…he always declinded.

    Years went by as my father put himself forward for promotion to Inspector, but was passed over. Then the the CC was removed. I don`t know why. Soon after my father was promoted.

    I went to school with one or two of the boys who went to the boys schools mentioed in the article. I was badly bullied by these boys. A teacher confided in me that the school did not want these boys in the school. Now I probably know why. They were probally a threat to the abusers. Too big, hard and violent. I remember one incide as I made my way to gym. I saw one of my class mates having his arms held around a pulled out 6ft steel locker by two boys while the monster bully smacked his fists into his face, When he made it to the gym, you could hardly recognise him.

    Hague was a YOUNG boy when he started out as a Tory and its been reported that he`s had a thing going on with Lord Coe, who has just sold his sports company for millions made off the back of the publically funded Olympics. Hauge has a small stake of around 9% to 11%. Are either of them linked to the political sex ring in Westminster? And these questions are justified after hearing Ben Fellows Ken Clarke account.

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