Mary Turner – An Appreciation

I’ve just picked up a copy of the Morning Star and it is plastered in adverts for today’s memorial service – to be held in St Paul’s Cathedral no less – for Mary Turner, the President of the GMB from 1997 until her death last year. The Morning Star has published numerous photos of Mary in possession of a well-lacquered shampoo-and-set and another photo of Mary showing off the GMB tattoo on her arm. She is described as a ‘trade union legend’, a ‘labour giant’ and of course, ‘inspirational’.

Mary was a woman of such achievement that I feel obliged to pay my own tribute to her today.

Born in 1938, Mary Turner moved from her home in Tipperary, Eire to live with relatives in the North of England in 1947, before settling in Kilburn, London. Working in Jackson’s the Tailors on Oxford Street, she joined the Tailor and Garment Workers’ Union – now part of the GMB – before working in the print trade and being elected as Mother of the Chapel. After her children were born she worked part-time as a dinner lady at Salisbury Road School in Brent. Mary noticed that the workforce – compromising mainly young Irish girls – received no training, had no protective clothing and were treated with disrespect by the management. Mary also noted the stigmatisation of children who qualified for free school meals. Determined to challenge all this, Mary recruited workmates to the GMWU (General and Municipal Workers’ Union) – now part of the GMB – and acted as their representative.  

After being elected shop steward, Mary was nominated to go onto the Joint Works Committee and fought for pension rights for dinner ladies. During the 1978 local government strike, Mary was able to recruit 200 dinner ladies to the union at a single mass meeting held at Pound Lane School in Brent. Mary was heavily involved in the nurses’ disputes that broke out in the following year.  By 1981, Mary was the Branch Secretary of the Hendon (General) Branch, North London.

Mary was still working as a Cook Supervisor when she was elected to the GMB’s Executive in 1983 , the only woman out of 40 members. 

In 1983 Ron Davies was elected as the MP for Caerphilly – the Ron who, just as Blair was arranging to install him as Wales’s FM, experienced his moment of madness with a male prostitute on Clapham Common (see post ‘The Cradle Of Filth’). Before Ron was elected to Parliament, he trained as a teacher and then worked as an advisor to Mid-Glamorgan Education Authority – which had spent years failing to respond to complaints that school teacher John Owen was sexually abusing his pupils (see post ‘Yet More Inglorious Bastards’).

In 1997 Mary was elected as President of the GMB, a position to which she was repeatedly re-elected. After two ‘turbulent years’ in the early 2000s, Mary’s Regional Secretary Paul Kenny was elected as GMB General Secretary. In 2003, delegate Linda Lord noted that when Mary was Chairing the GMB Congress, she could point out the errors of their ways to Congress delegates ‘who should know better’. They were told ‘don’t push it’. So what did the old bat know about which enabled her to wield such power over the people who should have known better?

Mary remained President after Paul’s retirement in 2016 and then worked with new General Secretary, Tim Roache.

A lifelong member of the Labour Party, Mary was elected onto the NEC in 1995. She served as Chair of the Labour Party in 2003-04 and received an MBE and a CBE. Mary was often referred to by Tim Roache as ‘the beating heart of our union’. 

Despite her beating heart, her ‘grassroots experience in schools’ and her championing of schoolchildren’s rights, Mary seemed to miss a major event which took place in Brent in 1984 – although she had been working there for years, dishing out the dinners to kids, acting as area union rep and was a member of the GMB Executive – the murder of four year old Jasmine Beckford, whilst she was in the care of Brent Borough Council.

Jasmine was systematically starved and beaten by her stepfather Maurice Beckford whilst her mother looked on. Jasmine’s social worker visited 78 times in 10 months but saw Jasmine just once. Brent Social Services placed her with foster parents after the department became concerned about abuse, but the courts sent her home.

Maurice Beckford was found guilty of manslaughter and was jailed for 10 years. Beverley Lorrington, Jasmine’s mother, was jailed for 18 months for neglect. Jasmine had been in the care of Brent Social Services for two and a half years before she died, after Beckford was convicted of assaulting her younger sister. That was happening whilst Mary, the beating heart of the GMB, made a party political broadcast for TV in 1982 to help the Labour Party under the leadership of Michael Foot, which flagged up Mary’s dedication to the welfare of children. At the time Michael Foot knew that George Thomas and others were abusing children but kept schtum (see post ‘Oh, No! It’s The Pathetic Sharks’). Mary, ‘rooted in her own experiences working in schools’, never stopped championing the need for free school meals, a policy which she was proud to see become part of the Labour manifesto.

Following Jasmine’s death, the inevitable Committee of Inquiry was set up by Brent Borough Council. The Beckford Report was submitted to Brent Borough Council and Brent Health Authority in Dec 1985. Hansard, May 1986, records it being discussed in the Commons by Norman Fowler, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Security. Who was at the time concealing the dung heap which was the activity of Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and the paedophile gang in north Wales.

The Inquiry into Jasmine’s death was Chaired by Louis Blom-Cooper QC. Blom-Cooper’s Report was extremely critical of magistrates, teachers, health visitors and in particular social workers. He concluded that Jasmine’s death had been a ‘predictable and preventable homicide’. The Report was commissioned by Brent Borough Council and because Louis Blom-Cooper is a man who knows which side his bread is buttered I suspect that he avoided pointing the finger at culprits with real clout in Brent Borough Council.

Mary, as a dinner lady, was employed by Brent Borough Council. Many of the Council workers will have been members of the GMB and Mary did used to state that she ‘fought for members of the GMB’. Which might be why she said nothing about the death of a child who was in the care of some of those members who worked for Brent Borough Council.

At the time, the ILEA was still in place and will have been responsible for the schools in Brent. Frances Morrell was leader of the ILEA, 1983-87. Morrell was a teacher and then became an aide to Tony Benn. She tried to get elected as a Labour MP but was unsuccessful. When she was leader of the ILEA she prioritised gender equality – as opposed to keeping the kids out of the hands of paedophile gangs or indeed even just keeping them alive.

At the time of Jasmine’s death and the submission of Blom-Cooper’s Report, Ken Livingstone was the leader of the GLC and was seeking nomination for the Labour candidacy of the constituency of Brent East. The sitting MP Reg Freeson was Labour but he was a centrist and Ken was keen to oust him. Ken had friends in the constituency and was delighted when he did oust Reg and was elected himself as Labour MP for Brent East in 1987.

In 1987 Paul Boateng was elected as Labour MP for Brent South. Boateng had been an executive member of the NCCL whilst it was affiliated to PIE. His wife Janet was a social worker and Councillor in Lambeth and was Chair of Lambeth Social Services Committee when Tyra Henry was killed in 1984 – when Mary Taylor was on the GMB Executive – whilst in the care of Lambeth Social Services (see post ‘A Few More Who Might Be Able To Answer Questions’). Paul Boateng worked as a solicitor for B.M. Birnberg when Birnberg acted for Mary Wynch in her case against Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends (see post ‘The Mary Wynch Case – Details’).

Brent and Lambeth Borough Councils sent children on placement to children’s homes in north Wales where they were abused. Ken Livingstone was one of those who signed the Early Day Motion in 1992 opposing the closure of Garth Angarad, a ‘hospital for mentally abnormal criminals’ – actually a building in a remote location in Snowdonia where the victims of Dafydd and the paedophiles often ended up, owned by a now struck off solicitor Paul Hett who also owned schools and homes where children were abused (see post ‘More On Those Prisons For Folk Who Dared Complain’).

Blom-Cooper’s panel for the Inquiry into Jasmine’s death included a community medicine specialist and the Assistant Director of Barnardo’s. A number of people involved with the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal had been employed by Barnardos. Julie Morgan – MP for Cardiff North, 1997-10 and AM for Cardiff North since 2011 – is the widow of Rhodri Morgan, Wales’s former FM and is a social worker who was formerly Assistant Director of Barnardos. Whether Julie Morgan is the person who sat on Blom-Cooper’s panel I do not know.

Even if Mary Taylor was too busy serving up the school dinners to notice the serious criminality and the neglect of children which surrounded her, numerous other people knew about it.

In 2014, in response to an FoI request, Brent Borough Council refused a social work student an electronic copy of the Beckford Report, insisting that only the hard copy was available and that could only be read in the local authority’s library.

In 1987, Louis Blom-Cooper became a member of the Mental Health Act Commission and remained a member until 1994. The Mental Health Act Commission colluded with and concealed the criminal activity of Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends during those years, including in 1987 an attempt to frame and imprison me for ‘attempting to stab a doctor’ (see post ‘Workers’ Play Time’). The Chief Executive of the Mental Health Act Commission, 1990-2000, was William Bingley. In his previous incarnation as legal director of MIND, 1985-1990, Bingley had colluded with Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends to conceal their wrongdoing. Blom-Cooper, William Bingley and the rest of the Mental Health Act Commission knew exactly what was happening at Park Lane, Moss Side, Ashworth and in the mental health units in north Wales – these institutions were used as prisons for victims of the paedophile gang if they would not shut up.

Whilst Blom-Cooper and Bingley led the Mental Health Act Commission Jimmy Savile was a regular visitor to Ashworth. Savile was a personal friend of Thatcher – who was of course PM when Jasmine was killed and throughout so many of the years when the beating heart which was Mary Taylor denounced Thatcher and all that she did.

Blom-Cooper Chaired the first Public Inquiry into Ashworth Hospital, which was requested on 25 April 1991 by William Waldegrave, Secretary of State for Health in John Major’s Gov’t, after a TV documentary screened on 4 March 1991 alleged the serious ill-treatment of patients, including the death of a patient after a beating by staff. Ashworth was rife with sexual and physical abuse of patients. The ‘nurses’ were actually members of the POA – which ran Ashworth – and they intimidated other staff as well as the patients (see post ‘Security, Security’). Many members of the POA at Ashworth were members of the National Front.

Mary Taylor’s colleagues on the GMB remembered her ‘fighting the NF’!

Ashworth’s location on Merseyside resulted in the paedophiles’ friends of north Wales having a convenient and chummy relationship with that establishment. Dr David Mawson, one of the first Top Doctors whom I met for a ‘second opinion’, was friendly but quietly ignored the evidence of Dafydd’s wrongdoing – David Mawson worked at Ashworth.

Louis Blom-Cooper was a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, 1988-96. In 2006 a major investigation began on Jersey into historical child abuse abuse. The allegations centred on the Haut de la Garenne children’s home where, some people alleged, terrible abuse had taken place which may have even included the murder of children. A few people were eventually convicted for assaults on children, but like some other recent high profile child abuse investigations, some people alleged that only a fraction of what had gone on had been uncovered whereas other people maintained that ridiculous hysterical allegations had been made. The police themselves admitted that the investigation had been ‘a mess’.

In 2006 Jimmy Savile began legal action against ‘The Sun’ after it alleged that he had visited Haut de la Garenne and had abused children there. Savile denied ever having visited Haut de la Garenne but then someone produced a photo of him there, surrounded by children and he remembered that he had been there after all.

Blom-Cooper was a member of the Athenaeum, a club favoured by Top Doctors. Jimmy Savile was a member and was offered his job as manager of Broadmoor in 1987 over a meeting in the Athenaeum with some Whitehall mandarins (see post ‘Socio-Political Context Of The North Wales Mental Health Services In The 1980s’).

Someone else who managed to miss the sorry state of the children’s services in Brent whilst Jasmine was being slowly killed was Harriet Harman, who worked as an advisor at Brent Law Centre. Mary Taylor was active in the Wimmin’s Section of the Labour Party NEC – just like Harriet. Another mate of Harriet’s is Julie Morgan! Harriet’s husband Jack Dromey also worked at Brent Law Centre. Dromey lived in Kilburn and was involved with Brent Trades Council, so he will have known Mary before she reached the dizzy heights of the GMB Executive.

 The beating heart of the GMB missed the deaths of a few other children in London (and elsewhere) as well when she sat on the Executive.

In 1984, two year old Heidi Koseda starved to death in a locked room in Hillingdon, west London. Heidi’s carers stood trial at the Old Bailey in 1985. Her stepfather, Nicholas Price, was jailed for life for her murder while her mother, Rosemary Koseda, was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was detained in a high security psychiatric hospital. An inquiry into Heidi’s death found that the senior NSPCC inspector allocated to her case failed to investigate a complaint of child abuse made by a neighbour. He also tried to cover this up with a fictitious account of a visit to see the child. The NSPCC were found to have been complicit with child abuse on a number of occasions during the 1980s and 90s. Esther and Jimmy Savile both took parts in NSPCC campaigns.

The NSPCC was the only agency deemed to have failed in its duties by the inquiry into Heidi’s death. The death was blamed very firmly on Heidi’s parents. News reports at the time reported that Heidi’s mummified body had been found in a bedroom cupboard by a social worker and that Heidi’s stepfather hammed it up at the Old Bailey, weeping buckets and maintaining that he did not know that the little girl’s body was in the cupboard. It was reported that the room in which Heidi was said to have been locked was uncarpeted and unheated. A postmortem had shown bits of nappy in Heidi’s stomach which it was said she had eaten in an attempt to stay alive.

The death of Heidi certainly caught the nation’s imagination. The media reports all stemmed from one source – a man called Tim Wood, who now works for Old Bailey Insight and Legal London Tours. Tim’s dad set up the Joe Wood Agency in the 1970s to provide press reports from cases at the Old Bailey and Heidi’s death was the one of the first cases that Tim Wood covered, whilst he worked for his father. The website for Tim’s current company very much suggests that Tim flogs gawpfests for people interested in ‘Orrible Murders. I’m not entirely sure that a fresh faced Tim back in 1984 would have been able to spot expert psychiatric witnesses and social workers if they had decided not to tell the truth about the circumstances of Heidi’s death and in 1984 psychiatrists and social workers told a great many lies in court, particularly if they needed to cover their own bums. Dafydd and the paedophiles did so constantly, as did the many people who colluded with them. The fact that Heidi’s mother was sent to a secure hospital – which in 1984 were brutal, corrupt and very often the recipients of vulnerable people who were victims of or witnesses to state wrongdoing, particularly on the part of Top Doctors or the social services – suggests that somebody wanted to ensure that she was silenced and never listened to again, even after she was released.

What about the inquiry into Heidi’s death, which exonerated everyone but the NSPCC and of course Heidi’s stepfather and mother? The inquiry was conducted by a panel which reported to the Hillingdon Area Review Committee.

The Chair of the panel was Dr Margaret Yelloly, Head of Applied Social Studies, University of London, Goldsmiths. Other members were Sidney Bailey, Regional Social Work Manager for Central England, NSPCC; James Beck, Acting Superintendent, Community Relations Branch, Metropolitan Police; Andy Croall, Assistant Director of Social Services for Hillingdon; Suzanne Mowat, Unit General Manager, Community Services, Hillingdon Health Authority. The Secretary to the panel was Miss E Wareham, Dept of Law and Administration, London Borough of Hillingdon.

At the time of Heidi’s death Sir Kenneth Newman was Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Whilst Newman ran the Met, endemic corruption was a problem in the force.

The panel’s Report contains a number of inconsistencies but what is very obvious is that Rosemary – who had other children as well as Heidi – was described by everyone who knew her as a competent and indeed good mother for the first few years in which she brought up her family. She was involved with medical services, took advice about her children’s health and there were no problems at all. Then her marriage broke up and she began a relationship with Nicholas Price. Family and neighbours noticed that they developed severe financial problems and were borrowing money and food. Rosemary went into hospital to have another baby and Nicholas was so distressed at the way in which she was treated that after she came home, Nicholas – and Rosemary – avoided further contact with health professionals. The health professionals knew that this was happening but did not respond. Rosemary became pregnant again and did not tell anyone. It was evident that by now she had developed mental health problems and Nicholas was terrified of the outside world.

Even so, it was reported that although the family were living in extreme poverty but the children were well looked after. The neighbours saw the evidence of that. The Report stated that Heidi had not been in the care of the local authority and she had not been on the child abuse register. Her dead body was found on 23 Jan 1985 and it was alleged that she had starved to death sometime in Nov 1984. The Report states that Hillingdon Health Authority and Social Services and the Met were involved with the family between Sept 1984 and the day that Heidi’s body was found. There is an account of Heidi not being at home and everyone being told that she was staying with friends. Before Heidi’s body was found, there was one person, a neighbour, who constantly tried to raise the alarm regarding the welfare of the children. Her concerns were ignored.

It was stated that after Heidi’s death, Rosemary ‘developed a severe mental illness’ which was why she was sent to a high security hospital.

This Report begs as many questions as the accounts given of the disasters that Dafydd found himself at the centre of. What happened to Rosemary in hospital that upset them so much that she and Nicholas never went near a health professional again? How was it that until just before Heidi’s body was discovered these two murdering monsters were seen to be looking after their children, although they were known to be in extreme poverty. Why was this? Why did no-one help?  If they were as mad and as cruel as alleged why wasn’t Heidi on the child protection register? And how did Heidi’s body stay mummifying away in the cupboard in the bedroom with all these professionals – including the police – popping in and out in the weeks before that body was discovered? Rosemary’s severe mental illness – which sent her so mad that she had to be incarcerated in a high security hospital – came on very suddenly as well. She had either had that for a long time and it was ignored or that was one hell of a breakdown happening at a very convenient time for the local authorities and the Met who found themselves under scrutiny.

Despite the well-publicised horrors of a child eating her own nappy and ending up mummified in a bedroom cupboard, the Secretary of State – Norman Fowler – decided not to hold a statutory Inquiry. It was instead left to Hillingdon and the Met to decide who to select to investigate themselves.

The Chair of the investigating panel Dr Margaret Yelloly is listed as a Director of the Tavistock Clinic, 1997-2006. The Tavistock Clinic is yet another establishment which has colluded with child abuse and neglect on the part of the state.

The Director of Social Services for Hillingdon at the time of Heidi’s death was also the Chair of the Hillingdon Area Review Committee – Ian White. Ian White led the Inquiry into the paedophile activity in Islington’s children’s homes, which resulted in the White Report, 1995. The White Report was damning, but White was dogged by accusations that nonetheless he did not admit just how bad the problem was in Islington Borough Council. The member of the Inquiry panel who originally led the inquiry alleged that she was removed from the panel for being too critical of Islington’s Social Services and Dr Liz Davies, a former social worker at Islington who left the authority after she repeatedly blew the whistle on the en masse abuse of children and associated crime in Islington to no avail, claimed that she personally told the local MP Jeremy Corbyn what was going on but he didn’t respond either. Jeremy’s election agent Derek Sawyer was a business partner of paedophile Derek Slade who was imprisoned for sex offences against boys (see post ‘Another Episode Of Friends’).

Kimberley Carlile, four, was starved and beaten to death in Greenwich in 1987 whilst Mary sat on the GMB Executive. Kimberley’s stepfather, Nigel Hall, received a life sentence for her murder while her mother was given 12 years’ imprisonment for assault and cruelty. Hall obstructed attempts by social workers and health visitors to investigate. An Inquiry Chaired by one Louis Blom-Cooper found that Kimberley’s death was avoidable and concluded that four key social work and health staff in Greenwich failed to apply the necessary skill, judgement and care in her case.

In the wake of Jasmine and Kimberley’s murders, Blom-Cooper recommended that an all-powerful Child Protection Agency be set up to deal with abuse cases. Presumably Louis Blom-Cooper concluded that children dying in the care of Social Service depts which were also sending children on placement to the paedophiles of north Wales where they were seriously abused and banged up by Dafydd if they talked about it was best addressed by giving the state facilitating all this complete power over children.

I think that I understand why Louis was appointed Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission and then invited to Chair the first Inquiry into Ashworth.

Follwing Tyra Henry’s death John Patten, the junior Minister for Social Services, published new guidance on child abuse cases for social workers. Dafydd and the paedophiles continued unhindered.

In 1987 16 month old Doreen Mason died of neglect after her mother and her boyfriend bruised, burnt and broke her leg and then failed to have her injuries treated. Christine Mason and Roy Aston were convicted of manslaughter and cruelty and each jailed for 12 years. Doreen was on the ‘at risk’ register of Southwark Borough Council from birth. She slept on the floor where the couple put junk food for her to eat. A report said that her social worker was inexperienced with no proper training or supervision and that Southwark Social Services department suffered from a ‘siege mentality’ and ‘destructive mistrust’ between senior managers.

Southwark Social Services sent numerous children on placement to children’s homes in north Wales and continued to send them even when they complained of serious abuse. Southwark was on the doorstep of the Maudsley, where both Dafydd and Tony Francis (Dr X) had worked before working in north Wales. Dafydd’s mate Dr Jim Birley, who was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1987-90 and President of the BMA, 1993-94 and who protected Dafydd et al (see post ‘A Galaxy Of Talent’), knew Lord David Ennals. Ennals served as a junior Minister in the Home Office in 1967 whilst the Home Office ignored the abuse of boys in Bryn Estyn. Ennals was then a junior Minister in the DHSS, 1968-70, which was another Dept concealing the abuse of children and psych patients in north Wales. Ennals was Secretary of State for Health and Social Services, 1976-79, under Jim Callaghan, whilst the criminality of Dafydd and the paedophiles in north Wales continued to be concealed. David Ennals worked for MIND, 1970-73, was appointed Chair of MIND in 1984 and then served as President, 1989-95. Whilst Ennals was involved with MIND it had links with the NCCL and paedophiles’ rights groups.

 

The GMB has more than 631,000 members working in nearly all industrial sectors – in retail, security, schools, distribution and the utilities, social care, the NHS, ambulance service and local government. So Mary represented a great many people who were involved with, remained silent and withheld evidence about organised child abuse, the abuse of mental health patients and the associated criminal activity. Could this have been why Mary was elected President of the GMB in 1997 as the Waterhouse Inquiry got underway and stayed President until she died even during the many years when her health was very poor?

Paul Kenny was the General Secretary of the GMB, 2005-15 and worked with Mary for years. In 2012 Paul was President of the TUC. One would have thought that with the beating heart as President of the GMB and Paul at the pinnacle of the TUC, one of them could have mentioned what they knew about the abuse of kids in the wake of all those concerns being expressed after Savile died and Esther denying that she ever knew anything…

Tin Roache is the present General Secretary of the GMB. In 2007 he was the GMB’s regional officer for Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. So Tim will have known what Jimmy Savile was doing in hospitals. I don’t remember you saying a word Tim – weren’t you reminded of Jim every time that the BBC screened another episode of Jimmy’s?

The names of the other GMB folk splashed over the Morning Star adverts for Mary’s memorial service included Warren Kenny, Penny Robinson, Paul McCarthy and Dougie Henry. They all had warm words for the dinner lady who kept quiet about the murders of some children and the sexual abuse of others because being the President of the GMB was rather more fun than being a dinner lady.

When Mary Taylor died in July 2017 the Guardian, the Indie and the Labour Party really pushed the boat out. The tributes poured in and we were reminded that Mary was the UK’s most senior female trade union leader. Jeremy Corbyn was ‘sad’ to hear of the death of ‘his friend’, remembered that they first worked together in the early 1980s ‘defending school meals’ and observed that Mary ‘paved the way for so many women in the union movement’. Diane Abbott – who was the PR officer for Lambeth Borough Council whilst kids in their care were sexually abused – tweeted that Mary was a ‘superstar’ and a ‘titan of the Labour movement’. Karen Buck called Mary a ‘star’. Ian McNicol referred to a ‘phenomenal, caring and compassionate woman’. Kay Burley of Sky News joined in – well it always helps to have the support of someone who works for the Digger, after all he controls most of the UK media and if Mary had ever fallen out with him he might have published something about all those trade unionists ignoring the nation’s social services supplying children to the Westminster Paedophile Ring. Ed Miliband described Mary as an ‘extraordinary battler for social justice, equality and working people’. Just like Ed’s Uncle Harry and his colleagues at St Thomas’s with their Harley Street practices! Tom Roache was ‘heartbroken’ at the loss of a ‘true giant’, who was a ‘unique blend of fighting spirit mixed with care and compassion’. Tom commented that ‘they broke the mould when they made Mary Taylor’. I think it was rather that they broke the mould BEFORE they made Mary Taylor, something went seriously wrong whilst Mary was gestating – ‘here’s your sausage and mash, now shut your mouth whilst you’re trafficked up to north Wales to be groomed for the sex trade and if you know what’s good for you you’ll keep as quiet about it as we all will or you’ll end up buried in the grounds of the North Wales Hospital Denbigh…’

 

On the day of Mary’s memorial service, the Mary whose union represents ambulance workers, I note that Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for the Rhondda, is featured on BBC News Wales Online. Chris is demanding VERY LONG SENTENCES for people who attack emergency workers – including ambulance staff. If Chris cares to read the research concerning attacks on emergency workers, he will find that although police and fire service staff do get beaten up by people who are angry or just want a punch-up, ambulance workers don’t. The NHS itself admitted recently that nearly all assaults on ambulance staff were committed by people whose clinical conditions had left them confused. Chris mentioned the ‘verbal assaults’ to which ambulance workers are allegedly subjected. Chris – there is no such thing as a ‘verbal assault’, by definition an assault is physical.

Has Chris Bryant perhaps decided to forge an alliance with the ambulance workers after a certain blog published details of the criminal activities of some ambulance staff – including one senior manager who was imprisoned for a serious assault – and the alleged historic murder of a patient from the North Wales Hospital Denbigh, as well as details relating to the past life of an MP called Chris Bryant? Which included being a paid up member of the Tory Party whilst Thatcher wrecked the Rhondda and whilst her friend and aide Sir Peter Morrison sexually abused kids in care in north Wales. And of course posting up a photo of himself on Gaydar wearing nothing but some rather naff undies with a caption saying ‘oi mate, do you want a fuck?’ You could have always asked Peter Morrison that when you were in the same party as him Chris!

Note to those who wish to ingratiate themselves to NHS unions for political gain: I have 10,000 documents compiled by NHS and social services staff, lawyers and others detailing very serious crimes on their part. There is a great deal which I have not yet discussed on this blog.

 

Another union leader who has been in the news over the past few days is Sally Hunt, the leader of UCU. Sally has been going apeshit about Vice-Chancellors salaries and some of the things for which they have been claiming on their expenses – such as a Fortnum and Mason hamper, the transport of their pet dogs by air plane  and other non-essentials. It has become truly ridiculous, but this idiocy has been a very long time coming and when the likes of Brown and I were publishing material years ago warning of the marketisation of universities and how Vice-Chancellors were now being encouraged to call themselves ‘CEOs’ and carry on like the VC of Liverpool John Moores – who drove a car with the number plate LJM 1 – Sally Hunt remained in a sound slumber.

I doubt that Sally Hunt has ever been serious about fighting big salaries or the excesses of capitalism though – Sally’s first union job was as a senior research officer with the union later known as ACCORD. ACCORD represents people working in the financial services and the banking industry. Sally – the first sign of rot at Bangor University was when a branch of sodding Santander opened up in the University library, taking up valuable reading space.

The UCU rep at Bangor  – who entertained Sally Hunt when Sally visited Bangor University – did not say a word about global capitalism taking root in the library. The UCU rep in question was one Eileen Tilley. But Eileen Tilley remained silent about a great deal, including workplace bullying. Tilley did Speak Out when Bangor was named and shamed by the Times Higher Education Supplement as being an institution with a bullying problem. Tilley had a field day, claiming that it was the fault of the VC. Tilley knew as well as I did who was responsible for what was going on at Bangor University – it was the Senior Pro-VC, Fergus Lowe. The VC’s wife developed a terminal illness and he had to take extended leave to look after her and Fungus was left to run the University. That’s the Fungus who knew about Dafydd and the paedophiles and who ruthlessly used that knowledge to extract research funding out of Gov’t bodies and pharmaceutical companies with Top Doctors on the Boards who had concealed the wrongdoing of Dafydd et al (see posts ‘It Wasn’t On Our Radar’ and ‘Oh, No! It’s The Pathetic Sharks’).

The person who carried out Fungus’s orders to pay staff less than they had been offered when they had accepted their jobs and who bullied and harassed staff until they left for pastures new was Fungus’s partner in crime, the Director of HR, Lyn Meadows. Meadows had previously worked for the Welsh Ambulance Trust where she caused much grief and she now sits on the Betsi Board – which has admitted that it has a serious workplace bullying problem. Tilley was a friend of Lyn Meadows. Not only did Tilley fail to challenge Meadows or Fungus regarding their dreadful conduct, but I know of at least two members of staff whom Meadows had unlawfully dismissed who went to see Tilley in her capacity as the UCU rep only to be told by Tilley that it was a ‘grey area’ and that she couldn’t help. It wasn’t a grey area, what had happened was unlawful, but Tilley wasn’t going to admit that. On another occasion, a member of staff had been unlawfully dismissed by Meadows from an academic post and Tilley encouraged her to apply for another completely inappropriate role – Tilley was facing redundancy herself at the time, so she applied for the same job herself and when she arrived at the interview asked the other person if they’d agree to a job share with her.

Another high spot of Tilley’s was her attending one of my seminars and announcing to the seminar group that Plaid Cymru supported Hitler. Tilley argued the toss when I stated that was not true, claimed that she had read Gwynfor Evans’s biography in Welsh and he thought that Hitler was a jolly good thing.

Tilley, as you wouldn’t let me explain at the time, I’ll set the record straight now. In the middle years of the twentieth century, Plaid did have links to some of the European Catholic far right groups – this was a result of the influence of people like Saunders Lewis and Ambrose Bebb. Many people in the UK also had links to such groups and you need to remember that before WWII, anti-semitism was common in the UK and there were a number of politicians from across the political spectrum who did meet leading figures in the Nazi Party, usually in the hope of trying to avoid war. But Plaid Cymru at no time ‘supported Hitler’ – Richard Wyn Jones has recently published a book about it and you are welcome to read his book in either Welsh or English.

After I left Bangor University, I was told that the reason why Tilley was colluding with Lyn Meadows was that Tilley didn’t want to rock any boats because Tilley wanted a good pension arrangement so that she could become a member of the National Executive of the UCU! That sounds rather like appeasement to me Tilley…

It was alleged that Tilley had been expelled from the local Labour Party for unfair practices.

Tilley was on good terms with some of the charmers who worked for the north Wales NHS. On one occasion after I had been unlawfully arrested – yet again – and harassed by the mental health services, someone who witnessed what was going on made a statement about it for my lawyer. This person and I were reading through the statement in the library when I turned to find Tilley standing right behind us reading the statement over our shoulders…

Eileen Tilley is currently researching for a PhD on discriminatory practices against wimmin in universities.

 

Other news in brief –

The inquest has taken place on five year Ellie-May Clark who died after a GP in Newport refused to see her because Ellie-May and her mum arrived 10 mins late for her appointment, even though it was a life threatening situation. Ellie-May was having an asthma attack and died in hospital later the same night. The coroner gave a narrative verdict, stating that ‘the chance to provide potentially life saving treatment was missed’ – not ‘criminal negligence’. The GP who refused to see Ellie-May was the lead for safeguarding at the surgery. Should that GP find herself the subject of a ‘verbal assault’ I’m sure that she will receive support from Chris Bryant. He can campaign for an extended prison sentence for Ellie-May’s mum.

 

A case from the 1970s has re-appeared in the media. Fred Holroyd served as an intelligence officer in N Ireland in the 1970s and has always alleged that he was unlawfully detained in two psychiatric hospitals – one in Belfast and one in Southampton – for political purposes, after he made allegations about the British Army colluding with paramilitaries to operate a shoot-to-kill policy. Mr Holroyd has always claimed that he was caught in an internal war between different elements of the security services and now a retired British Army surgeon has come forward with evidence to support him, confirming that the Army ordered Top Doctors to diagnose Holroyd with a mental illness in order to force him out of the Army.

I remember reading about Mr Holroyd many years ago. The other case from N Ireland which received much publicity at the same time was that of Colin Wallace, who also worked for the intelligence services – I think the story behind Colin Wallace was that he was framed for a serious offence when he discovered that political and public figures were abusing boys in the Kincora Boys Home.

Would the British security services now like to fess up as to who it was among them assisting Dafydd and the paedophile gang (see post ‘Oh Lordy, It’s CR UK’)?

 

 

 

A Vintage Crop

Previous posts have documented the sheer number of people involved in concealing the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal who picked up peerages in 1992, when John Major was unexpectedly re-elected and when days later five witnesses to the activities of the paedophile gang in north Wales were murdered in a firebomb attack (see post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’).

Sir Peter Morrison, MP for Chester and Thatcher’s aide who was a member of the gang who abused kids in care in north Wales, stood down at the 1992 election. I have just finished reading Thatcher’s autobiography ‘The Downing Street Years’ – which contains an acknowledgement to Peter Morrison in the foreword – and towards the end of the book there are many references to Morrison. He organised her unsuccessful leadership campaign in 1990, before her resignation. I knew that Morrison was a Thatcherite who had encouraged Thatch to stand as leader in 1975, but Thatch makes it quite clear in ‘The Downing Street Years’ that Morrison was a personal friend and had been since he was first elected in 1974. Thatch and Denis regularly invited Morrison to Chequers to dinners with Carol and Mark and the inner circle.

Senior Tories from that era have now admitted how it was openly discussed that Morrison was abusing children and that Thatcher was told this by Barry Strevens, her police bodyguard. She still went ahead and appointed Morrison as her PPS. Just as she personally lobbied for Jimmy Savile to be given a knighthood despite being told of the concerns regarding his ‘private life’. Savile visited Bryn Estyn, the children’s home in north Wales where Morrison was seen driving away with one of the boys in his car. A former resident of Bryn Estyn claimed that he was gang raped by the staff whilst Savile watched the action.

Whilst researching who had been honoured and when, I noticed that 1998 was another vintage year for lavishing goodies on people who had been complicit with wrongdoing. By 1998 the Waterhouse Inquiry had heard evidence – in public – from the former kids in care in north Wales, who described how they had been beaten, raped, buggered, starved and forced to work for no pay in local businesses, whilst Ronnie Waterhouse and barristers acting for the paedophile gang discredited them or called them liars. Some witnesses collapsed and some had psychiatric breakdowns, but that was simply taken as yet more evidence that they could not be believed. In 1998 Sir Ronald Waterhouse had begun writing the Report which would be a monumental whitewash.

In 1998 Herbert Laming, who was the Govt’s Chief Inspector for the Social Services Inspectorate for many of those years whilst kids were abused in north Wales and elsewhere, picked up his peerage (see post ‘The Mentor’).

In 1998, Alan Langlands who had been Chief Exec of the NHS whilst Top Doctors in north Wales and elsewhere took part in criminal activities to conceal organised child abuse (see post ‘Security, Security’), was given a knighthood.

Another person who bagged a knighthood in 1998 was Brian Jarman, GP and Professor of Primary Healthcare at Imperial College. The Imperial College which employs Top Doctors who have been involved in research fraud (see post ‘I Don’t Believe It!’) and has links to the Top Doctors who have concealed wrongdoing in north Wales.

Lord John Harris of Greenwich was made a member of the Privy Council in 1998. John Harris had been in politics for years – he was the original spin doctor and his first role as a politician’s advisor was to Hugh Gaitskill. John Harris went on to advise many more senior politicians, but he became particularly big buddies with Roy Jenkins, who knew a great deal about the concealing of organised child abuse and who subsequently acted as a mentor to Blair (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part I’). Harris was also Minister for State for the Home Office in the Lords, 1974-79, the Home Office which had been directly responsible for managing Bryn Estyn until Nov 1973 and continued to keep quiet about what had happened there whilst they managed it. Harris remained in contact with his former civil servants in the Home Office until he died.

Harris also advised Harold Wilson and was a mate of the notorious Marcia Williams, later Lady Falkender, who was widely suspected of wielding power as a result of the dynamite that she had on Wilson.

Harris defected with Jenkins to set up the SDP in 1981 – along with Dr Death who personally knew some of the paedophiles’ friends in Wales (see post ‘Dr Death’) and David Steel, who was keeping the lid on the heap of dung which was Cyril Smith and had been Jeremy Thorpe.

Harris’s sins were many. He was Chair of the Parole Board, 1979-82, which provided a home for many who concealed the abuse of children and other vulnerable people and was a Trustee and then the Chairman of the Police Foundation. He was President of the National Association of Senior Probation Officers, 1983-92. Not only did numerous probation officers know about the abuse of vulnerable people and do nothing, but in north Wales many of the managers of the children’s homes which were employing abusers had worked as probation officers or went on to join the probation service.

John Harris was a Board member of Westward Television and in 1980 became Chairman after a bloody coup resulted in the removal of Peter Cadbury as Chairman.

Harris’s son Francis works as an assistant editor on the Daily Telegraph, so no-one will get to read what Harris actually got up to.

Someone else was honoured in 1998 as well, someone who had done a few very big favours for Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and the paedophiles in north Wales – Ruth Runciman, who became a Dame.

Ruth Runciman was Chair of the Mental Health Act Commission, 1994-98. So Ruth will know what happened to those patients whom Dafydd had illegally banged up in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh – including those whom he was keeping in the cellar – when Denbigh finally closed down in 1995. Except that not all parts of Denbigh closed down, the public were lied to about the whole institution closing and Ruth will know about that as well. Ruth will also have known about the deaths, the abuses and the law breaking at the Hergest Unit during those years.

During the period when Ruth Chaired the MHAC, I and another Hergest patient made an appointment to see two members of the Commission when they visited the Hergest Unit. We expressed our concerns that Dafydd was being allowed into the Unit in the face of so many serious uninvestigated complaints about him and we also told the Commissioners of the numerous first hand accounts of female patients who claimed to have been sexually harassed by him or to have even have had sex with him. One of the Commissioners laughed. We asked him why he was laughing and to be fair, he told us that he wasn’t laughing because he found this funny, he was laughing in despair because he had heard this so many times before.

A few hours after our meeting had finished, a senior nurse who had sat in on the meeting told us that the other Commissioner, an older lady, had told him that she had been an inspector of psychiatric hospitals years ago and on an inspection of Denbigh she had been told exactly the same thing then.

Dafydd ran a paedophile ring, illegally held its victims in a cellar, sexually exploited patients and Runciman concealed the lot – as did William Bingley, her colleague who was Chief Exec of the MHAC and had been colluding with Dafydd’s criminality since the 1970s when Bingley worked for MIND, as had his mother Lady Juliet Bingley who also worked for MIND.

Runciman was also Chair of the MHAC whilst it ignored the physical and sexual abuse of patients in Ashworth Hospital, including unexplained patient deaths (see post ‘Security, Security’). Some of the patients at Ashworth had been sent there on the recommendation of Dafydd and his partner in crime Dr Chris Hunter, who along with Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) of the Hergest Unit, tried to have me incarcerated in a similar institution – although I had never even heard of Chris Hunter or had any knowledge of the ‘case conference’ that Hunter held about me, at which he declared me to be ‘extremely dangerous’  (see post ‘The Night of the (Dr Chris) Hunter’).

Ruth spent more than three decades involved with the CAB. Dafydd’s mistress Lucille Hughes was involved with the CAB at senior management level in Wales. Lucille was Director of Gwynedd Social Services and even Waterhouse had to admit that she’d known that a paedophile ring was operating in the children’s homes but that she’d failed to act.

Ruth established a CAB in Wormwood Scrubs. So she’ll have heard a lot about kids being abused in care and some of them being fitted up by Top Doctors and others when they made too much noise about it.

Runciman was an early Trustee and then the Chair, 2000-06, of the National AIDS Trust. So Ruthie was someone else who kept schtum about the number of young men who contracted AIDS whilst they had worked as rent boys during their teenage years in the care of local authorities…

Ruth was a founder of the Prison Reform Trust in 1981. Prisons have not been reformed and are full of people with mental health and/or drug problems and care leavers.

Ruth has worked on drug misuse as well – just like Dafydd and Lucille!

Ruth is also a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust. She was Chair of the Central and North West London NHS Trust for over ten years, retiring in 2013.

Ruth is married to Garry, Viscount Runciman, so is actually Viscountess Runciman. Ruth is far too modest to use that title, she just calls herself Dame Ruth instead.

Garry Runciman is a Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. Garry is a Cambridge Apostle and was President of the British Academy, 2001-05.

Garry is so important that he was invited by the Governor of the Bank of England to serve on the Securities and Investments Board, from which he retired in 1988. Garry Runciman also Chaired the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice which was set up out of concern for miscarriages of justice – perpetrated by his wife’s mates, among others.

Garry’s Royal Commission resulted in the establishment of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the first Chair of which was Thatcher’s mate Sir Freddie Crawford. Freddie Crawford was a paedophiles’ friend himself who wreaked havoc as VC of Aston University – his ‘reforms’ resulted in a senior lecturer killing himself. Aston also had one of the of the highest suicide rates among students in the country as well as a particularly mad student doctor, Philip Cauthery, who fancied himself as a sex therapist…One of the psychology professors at Aston, Elwyn Edwards, was known for inviting male freshers to his room where they would find him wearing nothing but a silk dressing gown and he would then try and seduce them.

Freddie Crawford had an off the rails son who used to boast that he could get away with pretty much anything because of who his dad was. Crawford junior was later found dead of a heroin overdose in an hotel in Israel.

There was a major row when Crawford was appointed Chair of the Criminal Cases Review Commission because of his involvement in Freemasonry. Crawford was a big name in Birmingham which had a major problem with police corruption. The paedophiles’ friends in north Wales were networked to corrupt professional people in Birmingham, including Professor Robert Bluglass who concealed the crimes of Dafydd, Tony Francis and Gwynedd Social Services. Freemasonry played a major part in the wrongdoing in north Wales.

The Central and North West London NHS Trust obviously holds an attraction  for old bats who have been complicit with serious wrongdoing, because Baroness Molly Meacher Chaired their Clinical Ethics Committee, 2004-08. So she’ll know Ruth.

Molly began her career as a social worker after studying at York University and then London University, where she gained her CQSW in 1980. Molly worked as a social worker in north London – could it have possibly been for Margaret Hodge’s empire in Islington, which like north Wales had been taken over by a paedophile gang who killed some of the witnesses? Or perhaps it was Haringey where children were battered to death whilst in the hands of the child protection services? Or dear old Camden where the idiot Tessa Jowell ruled the roost – the Tessa who concealed the abuse of children and psych patients (see post ‘Tower Hamlets, Paul Boateng and Tessa Jowell’)?

Molly also worked for the Mental Health Foundation which covered a multitude of sins.

Moll was a Board member, Deputy Chair and then Acting Chair of the famously hopeless Police Complaints Authority, 1994-02.

In 2004 Moll was appointed Chair of the East London and City Mental Health Trust and between 2007-12 was Chair of the East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Molly is President of the Haemophilia Society and since 2016 has been Chair of Dignity in Dying.

Since 2011 Molly has been Chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform.

In 1979 Molly authored ‘New Methods of Mental Health Care’. Well those new methods have worked a treat haven’t they. Most appropriately in 1991 Molly authored ‘The Mentally Disordered Offender’ – presumably when she noticed all those mentally ill people in prison for bizarre and trivial offences. Or having simply been framed.

Molly is married to Lord Richard Layard who conjured up the ‘happiness’ nonsense. Why look at complex structural problems when we can just spout shite about happiness or mindfulness? Truly therapies for neoliberalism!

Before Molly married Layard she was married to Michael Meacher, the Labour MP for Oldham West, 1970-97. Meacher was a graduate of New College, Oxford like many others who made it big in politics whilst ignoring some terrible things (see post ‘A Study In Tyranny’) and then worked as a researcher and lecturer in social administration at the Universities of Essex and York. Meacher wrote a volume on the treatment of elderly people in mental hospitals and what he found was so grim that he didn’t go there again and abandoned the poor sods. It did wonders for his career  – he was a junior Minister under Wilson and Callaghan, including a junior Minister in the DHSS, 1975-76. Whilst kids in care were molested by paedophiles and whilst the psychiatric services institutionalised them if they wouldn’t shut up about it. Meacher went on to hold roles as the Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Security, 1983-87 and the Shadow Secretary for Social Services, 1989-92. Like his boss Neil Kinnock, Meacher didn’t utter a word about what Thatcher’s mates Peter Morrison and Savile were doing to kids in care and NHS patients, although he definitely knew.

Meacher was an ally of Tony Benn, someone else who cared deeply about the oppressed, unless they were being abused by Top Doctors and paedophiles employed by the state.

Meacher condemned second home ownership only for it to be revealed by the BBC that he and his wife owned more than five homes.

Meacher was a member of the Fabian Society.

Meacher’s good mate Tony Benn was mates with them all at St Thomas’s Hospital. Not only were the staff at Tommy’s concealing the most serious abuse of vulnerable people, but Tommy’s Medical School is the most elite in the UK. They don’t admit plebs at Tommy’s, it’s where aristos go to study if they fancy dabbling in medicine and then setting up in Harley Street.

Tony Benn was MP for Chesterfield in Derbyshire for many years. There was a paedophile gang working in Chesterfield which had links to the one in north Wales.

I saw a party political broadcast for the Labour Party on TV earlier this evening. It was really weird, it consisted entirely of people who were alleged to be nurses crying on camera and saying that they love the NHS but can no longer bear to work in it. Jeremy – nurses are leaving the NHS  because there is a terrible problem with workplace bullying and institutional corruption. You are not doing anyone any favours by refusing to admit the real reasons why good nurses are leaving  in droves. They don’t want to be bullied by other nurses who have been promoted to senior management in return for their silence about abuse and neglect – it is not about pay, it is  not about Tory Cuts and it is not because they are having to go to food banks. It is because the NHS is now an abusive, dangerous, confrontational place.

The last time that you ignored crime in the workplace Jeremy was when you ignored the paedophile ring operating in the Islington children’s homes on your doorstep. Children died.

At the end of Jeremy’s broadcast a slogan appeared saying ‘for the many, not the few’. That’s the problem – most people are not kids in care or psych patients who have come under attack by organised criminals. So no political party gives a fuck about them. Instead they will chase the votes of Top Doctors on more than 100k and tell us that nurses on 35k are using food banks. I’m in hiding Jeremy and a lot of people that I knew are dead. Wake up.

There will be a blog post coming soon about the Islington paedophile ring which was ignored by Jeremy, Jack Straw and Margaret Hodge, whilst children as young as seven were raped and trafficked, witnesses were killed and whistleblowers sacked.

 

Always On The Side Of The Children

Readers familiar with previous posts will be aware that some rather surprising people have been employed as civil service mandarins with responsibilities for Gov’t Departments concerned with health and welfare. My post ‘Little Things Hitting Each Other’ introduced Bing Spear, who was the Home Office’s Chief Inspector in its Drugs Branch, 1977-86 and before that was Deputy Chief Inspector, 1965-77. Bing certainly kept odd company for a mandarin – his intimate knowledge of addicts down on their luck as well as of their sexual partners, their dealers and their drug habits, together with his personal friendships with Top Doctors who had a tendency to find themselves accused of dealing drugs, his transferring of a particularly ‘soft’ Inspector to cover Dr Dafydd Alun Jones’s patch in north Wales and Bing’s mysterious health problems suggest that Bing was an addict himself and very likely corrupt to boot.

My post ‘Socio-Political Context of The North Wales Mental Health Services In The 1980s’ describes how, from 1987, an even more worrying mandarin, Brian McGinnis, was employed as Under-Secretary of State for Mental Health in the DHSS, with responsibility for high security hospitals. McGinnis was the man who was instrumental in forming the Broadmoor task force which included Jimmy Savile among its members. After McGinnis had retired and was taking on voluntary work, in 2002 Bromley Council ended his involvement with children with learning disabilities and in 2005 Croydon Council banned him from working with children.

Rupert Hughes was another mandarin from that era, the civil servant who was responsible for the Children’s Act 1989, which has since caused a great many problems. The Children’s Act was drafted and passed in the wake of the chaos of the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal in 1987, but one only has to look at what is happening to ‘looked after’ children today to know that the Children’s Act has failed dismally. Rupert Hughes is described as being the ‘father’ of the Act and Brenda Hale – now the President of the Supreme Court of the UK – the ‘mother’. See post ‘In The Courts’ for further information concerning Brenda and why she is not the feminist hero that she advertises herself as being. Rupert Hughes was the Assistant Secretary of the Children’s Division in the DHSS – he joined the civil service after graduating from Oxford and initially worked in the MAFF. Later he moved to the Cabinet Office and then in 1984 he joined the DHSS. He enjoyed the support of Lord Mackay of Clashfern, the Lord Chancellor – who kept the lid on the sleaze and horror which swirled around the wife-beating drunken alleged child molester Sir Nicholas Fairbain (see post ‘More On Baroness Patricia Scotland QC – And Her Very Sleazy Friends’)  – and the Health Secretary Ken Clarke, whom I have now concluded did absolutely nobody any favours but himself (see post ‘Running The Country – And All That Jazz’). Rupert Hughes was described as having a ‘fairly free hand’ with the DHSS. After eleven years at the top of the Children Services Division of the DHSS, years during which there was scandal after scandal involving the serious abuse of, the trafficking for sex of and even the deaths of children in care, Rupert retired in 1995. After retirement Rupert Chaired the Michael Sieff Foundation and was a Fellow of the Centre for Social Policy at Dartington, Devon, Chairing the Centre for three years. Rupert was a member of the Reform Club and his partner was Priscilla Campbell Allen. The Reform Club was traditionally associated with the Liberal Party although today is has no official political affiliation. Jeremy Thorpe was an enthusiastic member of the Reform Club.

Regular readers will know that whatever the excesses of Rupert, the problems in the UK’s child care system started a long while before Rupert got his hands of the levers of power. There have been problems with children in care being abused for decades – although in previous eras sexual abuse didn’t get much of a mention, the issue discussed was usually that of ‘cruelty’ – but things seemed to escalate rapidly in the 1970s, which saw the large scale infiltration of children’s social services right across the country by paedophiles operating in gangs which were connected with each other and who had links with paedophiles and traffickers overseas.

The person who was appointed to the top of the tree by Ted Heath’s Gov’t in 1970 was Barbara Kahan, a social worker who was the Home Office’s Deputy Chief Inspector of the Children’s Dept. At that time the Home Secretary was Reginald Maudling who ended up resigning after he was involved in a major scandal linked to large scale corruption in business dealings. When the remit for child care was taken over by the DHSS in 1971, Kahan transferred to that Dept, to work under Secretary of State Sir Keith Joseph.

Barbara Kahan was someone who was at the heart of a system that was rotten throughout her whole career and became a good deal more putrefied whilst she was at the highest level. Kahan came from a Labour Party, Methodist family and in 1939 went to Newnham College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge she re-started the University Labour Club, also worked for Richard Acland’s left-leaning Commonwealth Party and joined the Peace Pledge Union. After Cambridge, Kahan undertook a social science course at the LSE.

Kahan began her career in Dudley, West Midlands, where she was a child care officer, 1948-50 – she opened the first children’s home in Dudley. After that Kahan went to work for Oxfordshire Children’s Dept, which became absorbed into the social services in 1970 at the end of her time there. In 1964 Kahan became President of the Association of Childcare Officers.

When Kahan first began her career, most child care officers were women – often women like her ie. well-educated women from middle class backgrounds, frequently with a touch of radicalism. A lot of those women will have been very genuine. However by the late 60s/70s when the very real problem of residential homes for children being literally infiltrated by paedophile gangs began to grow, women served a very useful purpose – exactly the same purpose that women serviced in abusive institutions like the North Wales Hospital Denbigh. They were there to reassure the public that nothing dreadful could be going on – certainly not sexual abuse, because women are caring and they would never collude with such activity. Sadly they did and they did so regularly.

In my own case, Dr Sadie Francis (Dr X’s wife), Janice Davies, Jackie Brandt, Maggie Fookes and Bridget Lloyd all lied about me in statements to the police and in Court because Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) et al wanted to construct a picture of me as mad, bad and dangerous to know. That is much easier if it is women making the claims of being terrified – nothing shifts the criminal justice system like A Woman In Fear. Especially an Angel. If the children of the Woman In Fear can be mentioned to the police or in Court, so much the better. When I discovered that these women  were claiming to be terrified of me, I wrote to them to apologise and to say that if anything that I had ever said or done had frightened them, I was sorry. Those letters turned up in my medical records – along with documents written by those women themselves saying that they were not frightened of me and that in Bridget Lloyd’s case she knew that I wouldn’t recognise her even if I saw her. There were also letters and memos from managers and Top Doctors (most frequently Alun Davies, the manager of the mental health services in Gwynedd and Lucille Hughes, the Director of Gwynedd Social Services) and also from the crooked solicitor in the Welsh Office – Andrew Park – urging these people to contact the police and tell them that I had threatened them and that they were terrified. It was a conspiracy involving perjury on an industrial scale and their status as women who were ‘victims’ of mine was ruthlessly used by people who were facilitating a paedophile ring.

Other patients from north Wales who had cause to complain have shown me documents relating to their own cases in which the very same techniques were used which, in some cases, involved exactly the same ‘women in fear’. One man, after months of sheer frustration at the misconduct of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team – of which Brandt, Lloyd and Fookes were members – threw a cushion across the room in their office, snapped a leaf off of a pot plant and walked out, slamming the door. The police were called, told that he had threatened the Little Women, thrown furniture about and had broken the door. He was not told that such serious allegations had been made, but Tony Francis ordered him to write to the Arfon Team and apologise for upsetting them. So he did. Years later when his lawyer obtained his files, this man discovered that his letter of apology had been attached to the fictitious account of what had happened – so it looked as if he was indeed apologising for the heinous crimes that they had alleged and documented without his knowledge.

Again and again patients in north Wales told me that this had happened to them. The stories were remarkably consistent – that patients had been insulted or physically assaulted by male staff in the Arfon Team such as Keith Fearns and Bob Ingham, only to find that after they had complained about this the police would be on their doorstep because the Little Women had made statements. Little Women whom the patients often had never heard of.

One of the internal investigations into the serious abuse of children in the care of Clwyd County Council revealed the key role of Irene Train, a nurse who was promoted to senior management and colluded with the most appalling conduct (see post ‘Don’t Be Silly, He’s Nice’).

The Waterhouse Report – the cover-up of all cover-ups – mentions ‘caring’ women social workers who claimed to have been ‘just playful’ when children had complained of being kneed in the groin by them, slapped around the face, forced to strip, dragged along by their hair or had even been subjected to attempts to suffocate or smother them.

They may have been women but they were colleagues of a paedophile gang. The evidence against Lucille Hughes was so damning that even Sir Ronald Waterhouse named her as knowing that a paedophile ring was in operation but failing to act. Lucille was Dr Dafydd Alun Jones’s mistress.

Barbara Kahan will have known that the abuse of children in residential care was endemic. In her obituary we are told that she ‘believed in residential care’ ‘long after this approach had gone out of fashion’. Residential care went ‘out of fashion’ because it was realised that the system was brutal and attracted predators.

Whilst Kahan worked in Oxfordshire she introduced the payment of a special enhanced rate to people who fostered ‘difficult’ children. In north Wales and other regions, there is evidence that this policy resulted in callous, inappropriate people fostering numerous children because it was very profitable (see post ‘Tower Hamlets, Paul Boateng and Tessa Jowell’). Foster carers should be paid because it is a valuable and difficult job, but it is essential that they should be appropriately vetted. Paying sexually abusive thugs a lot of money to foster five or six children is not a particularly good idea.

Kahan’s obituary in ‘The Guardian’ observed that she never became Director of Social Services in Oxfordshire because she made ‘too many enemies’. One way of making enemies is to blow the whistle – but Kahan didn’t do this. Kahan didn’t become Director of Oxford Social Services, but in 1970 she was appointed Deputy Chief Inspector of the Children’s Dept by the Home Office. In 1970 the Home Office was directly managing Bryn Estyn, as well as Axwell Park Approved School in Gateshead. Axwell Park was at that time employing Matt Arnold and his friend Peter Howarth and there were complaints of boys being abused. In 1973 Arnold and Howarth both transferred to Bryn Estyn to work – where boys were abused. Howarth later died in prison after being convicted of a number of counts of sex offences against boys in his care. In 1971 Barbara became Assistant Director of the Social Work Service at the DHSS under Secretary of State Sir Keith Joseph. The Keith Joseph who consistently refused to hold an investigation into the deaths of more than 40 children at the notorious home The Beeches.

It was Keith Joseph who took receipt of the Finer Report in 1974 – the Finer Committee sat between 1969-73 on the subject of one parent families. Barbara Kahan was a member of the Committee.

Sir Keith Joseph was a barrister who was the Conservative MP for Leeds North East, 1956-87. Right where Savile, the paedophiles and their corrupt police officer friends were busy for the whole duration of Joseph’s time in Parliament. Joseph served as a Cabinet member in the Gov’ts of Harold Macmillan, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Ted Heath and Margaret Thatcher. Joseph was Secretary of State for Social Security, 1970-74. He was the intellectual force behind what became known as Thatcherism, but his own campaign for the Tory leadership died a death in Oct 1974 after he made a speech in Edgbaston about the ‘cycle of poverty’ among the lower orders and was rash enough to remark that what with the council house people breeding like rabbits and single mothers, ‘the balance of our human stock, is threatened’. There was outrage and he was never taken quite so seriously again. The speech had actually been written by Alfred Sherman, one of Thatcher’s gurus, which explains a lot. Papers released under the 30 year rule at the end of 2011 revealed that Joseph had considered that there should be a ‘managed rundown’ of Merseyside.

In 2014 former Tory activist Anthony Gilberthorpe claimed that whilst he was a young man he discovered that a number of Tory Ministers were holding sex parties with under-aged boys. Keith Joseph was one of the Ministers whom he named. Gilberthorpe maintained that he handed a detailed dossier about these matters to Thatcher in 1989.

 

I don’t think that there was any danger of Barbara blowing any whistles at all – and she obviously didn’t blow any when she reached the dizzy heights either. She remained as Assistant Director until 1980, by which time children were being trafficked to Europe by the paedophiles ‘looking after them’ and in north Wales and elsewhere were being found dead. By 1980 there had been a number of convictions of child care workers for physical assault and various sex offences in north Wales, as well as in other regions of the country – but Babs didn’t click. Babs retired from the civil service in 1980, but she didn’t put her feet up.

In 1980 Babs launched the Gatsby Project, a distance learning project for residential child care workers, and she directed the project until 1991, when it was absorbed into the Open University. It sounds great doesn’t it – except that Babs carried out the Gatsby Project with Peter Righton, who was an active member of PIE and was convicted of the possession of child porn in the early 1990s. Righton’s special interest was social work education.

Peter Righton was a leading social work teacher and academic who argued in his work that sexual relationships between adults and children were not damaging. He worked at Keele University in 1965 as a lecturer in social work and in 1968 he was appointed as a senior lecturer with, and became the Director of Education for, the National Institute of Social Work. The National Institute of Social Work was located in Tavistock Place, just down the road from BMA House. Tessa Jowell was a Fellow of the National Institute for Social Work, as of course was Babs. In 1971 Righton joined the NCB (National Children’s Bureau) and subsequently set up a unit there – he came out as gay in the same year. In 1973 Righton delivered the annual Barnardos lecture. He was also a Governor at a school for children with special needs.

Righton was close friends with Charles Napier, a paedophile teacher who had been banned from teaching in the UK. Charles Napier worked in a number of different countries and his correspondence with Righton includes discussions between the two of them regarding the high quality and beauty of the boys that Napier was encountering in various overseas destinations. Napier ended up obtaining a senior job with the British Council in Cairo before he was removed from his post as a result of trouble with the authorities concerning his sexual activities with children. Righton was based in the UK but he made frequent trips to Europe where he met up  and kept company with under-aged boys. Righton’s colleagues explained Righton constantly keeping company with teenaged boys by making reference to his commitment and abilities with children. Such explanations for paedophiles’ behaviour were certainly used in the 1970s. I can remember two teachers at the school that I attended whose conduct in relation to children was explained thus – one of those people was very deceptive and I don’t think that his colleagues did realise that his conduct towards the girls was very questionable, but the other one was a PE teacher who was so notorious that the kids nicknamed him ‘Fiddler’. Boys would openly tell people that they didn’t want to go into the showers if Fiddler was there and I watched Fiddler chase boys around the school trying to smack their bums for non-existent crimes. The teachers at that school undoubtedly knew what Fiddler was doing – he was promoted to the post of Deputy Head and in retirement coached boys at a football club in Bridgwater. The company that Righton kept and his activities I suggest put him in the same category as Fiddler – it was obvious to everyone that he was abusing children, but everyone was tying themselves up in knots to explain why he wasn’t.

In 1982 Peter Righton helped draft the Barclay Report, Sir Peter Barclay’s Report into the roles and tasks of social workers in England and Wales. The early 80s also saw Righton link up with Babs to deliver courses in child care.

Righton contributed a chapter to a notorious book by Brian Taylor, ‘Perspectives On Paedophilia’ (1981). Righton makes it clear in his chapter that he has no problem with adults having sex with children. Another contributor to the book was Belfast child psychiatrist Dr Morris Fraser who was convicted of a sex offence against a child but was nonetheless allowed to continue practicing by the GMC. The GMC legal assessor who worked on Fraser’s case was Patrick Mayhew, who later became Attorney General and Secretary of State for N Ireland under Thatcher. It was Patrick Mayhew who, when he was Attorney General, backed the mounting of cases against me brought by Gwynedd Social Services (see post ‘Some Big Legal Names Enter The Arena’) and then by Dr Tony Francis (Dr X) (see post ‘The Sordid Role Of Sir Robert Francis QC’), in which my imprisonment was sought for contempt of Court. In both cases the witnesses had perjured themselves and I now have documents that demonstrate that their own lawyers knew this – presumably Mayhew knew it as well. Morris Fraser later worked at UCL and at Springfield Hospital, the psychiatric hospital attached to St George’s Hospital Medical School. I was a patient at Springfield when the north Wales mental health services tried yet again to have me imprisoned on the basis of their perjury – Springfield witnessed all of it and did not lift a finger to help me, either medically or legally (see post ‘Some Very Eminent Psychiatrists From London…’).

Documents forwarded to me from my lawyers last year show that what Springfield staff Dr Robin Jacobson, Dr Ruth White and Dr Alice Levinson were doing were having telephone conversations about me without my knowledge with Dr Dafydd Alun Jones and Dr Tony Francis – Tony Francis had helpfully suggested that they should also speak to Lucille Hughes about my ‘dangerousness’. I had never met Lucille Hughes. Correspondence had passed between Lucille Hughes and the social work dept at St George’s about me without my knowledge – although I had never had any contact with the social work dept at St George’s and was never offered any. Robin Jacobson had admitted in correspondence to his colleagues that Dafydd was sexually involved with patients. Despite knowing this, Professor Nigel Eastman told me that he thought that I ought to return to live in north Wales. Where presumably I could be shagged by Dafydd and then imprisoned for offences that I had not committed.

Morris Fraser was involved with the Azimuth Trust, a charity in Cornwall which provided sailing holidays for children. Fraser was eventually featured in a TV expose – as was Righton – by which time he was living in Southampton.

By the late 1980s Righton was living in Evesham and held a senior role at the Open University. In 1991 he contributed to the review of the Charter for Children. At this point Righton was charged – and later convicted – for child porn offences. He was sacked from the team working on the Charter. Babs was interviewed about her close working relationship with Righton and maintained that he was of course an evil genius who had conned her and many others in the world of social work and how upsetting this was. Which was certainly interesting because not only had Righton spent years explaining the beneficial effects of sex with children to his colleagues, but he had admitted to at least one of them that he had been involved sexually with children but they kept it quiet out of loyalty to a colleague. Babs also mentioned that Peter Righton was gay and being a social worker she didn’t discriminate against anyone on the basis of their private life.

The concept of a private life is one that is frequently deployed by professional people if others dare question their illegal or unethical conduct. Dr Tony Francis wrote furious letters to third parties about me accusing me of commenting on the ‘private lives’ of Gwynne the lobotomist and Dafydd. Not only were their lives anything but private – half of north Wales openly discussed their wrongdoing – but privacy is no defence against sexually exploiting patients, facilitating a paedophile ring and involving oneself in serious criminal activities. Yet according to Francis it was me who  should be investigated by the police and banged up – as should whoever gave me the info about the ‘private lives’ in question – because my comments about private lives just demonstrated how twisted and dangerous I was. I was interested to discover that in 1976 when Cyril Smith was investigated for child abuse, he wrote to the BBC expressing his concern that they might investigate the ‘private lives’ of politicians (see post ‘Dr Death’).

Other high points of Righton’s career included his role assisting with the Home Office Children’s Dept in 1970 – well Babs was working there, of course he’ll have been assisting – and his regular contributions to the journal ‘Social Work Today’, 1976-85. In some of those articles Righton promoted sex between children and adults. Righton also shared a platform with Sir Keith Joseph whilst Joseph was Secretary of State at the DHSS and was of course working with Babs.

After his conviction for child porn, outing as a paedophile and enforced retirement, Peter Righton moved into a cottage on the estate of Lord Henniker (see post ’95 Glorious Years’ for details about Lord John Henniker). Whilst Righton lived on the estate, children from Islington Council were taken to the estate for visits. There was at least one allegation that Righton had abused a child during one such visit.

In 1993 the Utting Report by William Utting noted that Righton was suspected of a ‘trade’ in young victims in Malta.

In April 1992 John Rea Price, the former Director of Social Services at Islington Council, was appointed Director of the NCB. Price had recently resigned after twenty years at Islington. Just after he resigned, the scandal of the paedophile ring that had operated in Islington children’s homes for years became public.

Babs Chaired the NCB, 1985-94 and was Vice-President, 1994-2000. Babs certainly mixed with the best. ‘The Times’, 1 Oct 1987 reported that a luncheon was held for the NCH (National Children’s Home) ‘to help children in danger and families in need’ at the Waldorf Hotel. The host was Lady Henrietta St George and speakers included Angela Rippon, Nerys Hughes and Norma Rose, the National Co-Ordinator of NCH Careline. Also present was Babs, a number of aristocrats and the wives of a variety of MPs, including David Heathcote-Amery’s wife.

Following her retirement, between 1983-99, Babs was a professional advisor to the Commons Select Committee on Social Services. So Babs advised that Committee whilst scandal after scandal in children’s social services exploded – and whilst politicians including Sir Peter Morrison, Cyril Smith and Greville Janner abused children in care. Babs advised throughout the Staffordshire Pindown Scandal, the Frank Beck Scandal in Leicestershire (see post ‘Radical Leicester And Some Other Free Radicals’), the Islington Scandal, the Lambeth Scandal, the Cleveland Scandal, the Satanic Panics in Nottingham, Rochdale and the Orkneys and the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal.

If I was Babs I would have concluded from this that I must have missed something during all those years at the top, not simply that Peter Righton was an evil genius who had duped me. Not Babs. No – Babs was considered such a sage that after the Staffordshire Pindown Scandal was exposed, Allan Levy QC who, in 1990 was appointed to Chair the Inquiry into Pindown, specifically requested that Babs be his Co-Chair. Not that Levy had ever met Babs or so he reassured everyone – Levy just knew about Babs’s towering reputation.

The events comprising the Pindown Scandal occurred in Staffordshire, 1983-89. Tony Latham – a social worker who sounded remarkably like Keith Fearns of the Arfon Community Mental Health Team in that he was aggressive to clients, intimidated staff and ran a variety of businesses incompatible with a job as a social worker – had developed a ‘method’ of ‘behaviour control’ for children in care which he termed the ‘Pindown’ method. It wasn’t rocket science – Latham locked errant children in rooms by themselves in their nightclothes and frequently with no access to a bog. He didn’t just keep the children in isolation for a few hours. Or days. Or a week. The kids were locked in by themselves for months. Latham and the meatheads who worked as minions under him did this to 132 children in four different homes. Two children attempted suicide. I had information that things in Staffordshire were rather worse than even Pindown suggested. When I lived in north Wales I met a retired headmistress who had previously lived in Staffordshire and been a foster carer for Staffordshire Social Services. She fostered teenaged girls and one of them told her that she had been sexually abused by a social worker. The lady whom I met contacted the Social Services immediately and told them of her foster daughter’s allegations. Both girls were removed from her care hours later. She never saw them again. Her husband was then arrested and charged with sexually abusing the girl himself. He was remanded in prison. He was eventually found not guilty, but his wife was a headmistress – their lives in Staffordshire were over. They retired but the accusations and harassment continued – they ended up living in near hiding in north Wales.

Allan Levy QC was brought up in Lancashire and went to Hull University. He sat on the Committee for the Family Law Association, 1987-97; was a Committee Member of the Bar Council for two years; from 1988 was on the Council for JUSTICE; was a member of the Council of the Medico-Legal Society from 1990; and from 1990 until his death in 2004 Levy was the honorary legal advisor to the NCB. He also Chaired the BMA Steering Group which published ‘radical’ guidance concerning children’s and young people’s health in 2000. Levy was a supporter of the charity Young Minds and was an early advocate for the establishment of the post of Children’s Commissioner.

One of Levy’s high points was in 1987 when he acted for the official solicitor – representing the interests of a 17 year old girl with Down’s Syndrome, he took the case to the House of Lords to gain approval for the girl to be sterilised. The case caused a furore, but Levy got his way – those tubes of that teenager were ligated. In 1992 Levy Knew Best once more when he acted for the father of an adult accident victim who was a Jehovah’s Witness and refused blood transfusions. Old Levy obtained a Court Order forcing blood transfusions upon this adult with capacity.

Mark Fisher, the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, 1983-2010, was full of praise for Kahan and Levy’s Report into Pindown. Fisher was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge and was Principal of Tattenhall Centre of Education, Cheshire, 1975-83. He was a Councillor on Staffordshire County Council, 1981-85. So I suspect that Mark Fisher might have known quite a bit about the mistreatment of children in the care of Staffordshire long before the rest of the world found out about Pindown. The paedophile ring that operated in north Wales did of course also operate in Cheshire. Fisher was Principal of that College in Cheshire whilst Sir Peter Morrison was MP for Chester and was known to be abusing boys in north Wales and Cheshire.

Mark Fisher is the brother-in-law of Tory MP Sir Michael Grylls, who was involved in the Ian Greer Associates cash for lobbying scandal in 1987 along with Neil Hamilton, Michael Brown and Peter Morrison. Hamilton was MP for Tatton at the time, the neighbouring constituency to Chester and used to attend social events with Peter Morrison. Fisher is the uncle of Bear Grylls.

Mark Fisher has been the Patron of the National Benevolent Fund for the Aged since 1986. He was a member of the BBC’s Advisory Council, 1987-97, was a Council member of the Institute of Policy Studies, 1985-97 and was Deputy Pro-Chancellor of Keele University, 1989-97.

In the Parliamentary expenses scandal of 2009 it was revealed that Mark Fisher claimed over £17k in expenses, none of which he was asked to repay. He was the MP who claimed for a bottle of Toilet Duck and a 34p Kit Kat.

In 2009 it was discovered that Mark Fisher had been receiving £67k pa from the Qatar Museums Authority for ‘advice on the development of the Museums Authority’s plans’. Fisher was required to attend three Board meetings a year.

 

Babs asked her old mate Peter Righton for his advice whilst she was working on the Pindown Inquiry and Righton subsequently gave evidence to the Inquiry.

Kahan and Levy’s Report as a result of the Pindown Inquiry led to a Dept of Health initiative in 1998, ‘Quality Protects’, which was going to transform children’s services. So that’s why at present twenty years after Quality Protected almost every local authority in the country has a problem with children in care being sexually exploited and trafficked, why over thirty social service departments in England are in special measures and why there’s been a documentary on ITV tonight about endemic abuse in children’s homes.

Levy Chaired the ‘Vladimir and Barbara Kahan Trust’. Like Rupert Hughes and Jeremy Thorpe, Allan Levy was a member of the Reform Club.

Allan Levy did not ever marry or have children.

 

Babs died in 2000 and her obituary mentioned that ‘in recent years’ she had been employed as an expert witness for solicitors representing children who had been abused in residential care. I suspected that Babs might have generated a few bob by providing this service, in much the same way that Professor Nigel Eastman and his colleagues provide expert opinions in cases in which Top Doctors with whom they have worked or are even mates have damaged or killed people. It was not for no good reason that Nigel took over from Professor Robert Bluglass as the UK’s leading forensic psychiatrist. Top Doctor for hire – chimneys swept, gardens dug, drives tarmaced, criminal misconduct/sexual abuse/deaths concealed.

In 1955 Babs married a Top Doctor herself, Dr Vladimir Kahan, a child psychiatrist based in Oxford. Babs assisted Vlad with the work for his book ‘Mental Illness In Childhood’, published by Tavistock Publications. The ‘research’ for the book was conducted between 1959-65 at West Stowell House, a unit for ‘psychotic and severely disturbed children’, managed by Babs and funded by Oxford Regional Hospital Board. Of course at that time one group of children who were routinely labelled as ‘severely disturbed’ were those children who were known to be participating in sexual activity – even if they had clearly stated that they had been coerced into that activity. Vlad died in 1981.

 

Peter Righton wasn’t the only questionable person whom Babs worked with. Babs was the manager of Louis Minister when he worked for Oxfordshire Children’s Dept as a child care officer in 1966. Prior to that, Minster had been a child care officer in Hertfordshire for the NCH – some of those named in the Waterhouse Report had worked for the NCH. After two years at Oxfordshire, Minster was appointed as a community development officer in Liverpool in 1968. In 1971-72 Minster was Deputy Director of Social Services for Sunderland County Borough Council. At a later date, the Director of Social Services at Sunderland, Colin Smart, alerted police to the abuse of children at Witherwick House in Sunderland in the 1970s and 80s. In 1972 Minster was employed as a senior social work lecturer at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology, Aberdeen. In 1975 Louis Minster was appointed as Director of Social Services for the London Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames – he remained in post until 30 Oct 1984 when he was sacked, after a full meeting of the Council which was a closed meeting due to the ‘confidential’ nature of the business discussed. Minster himself claimed that his removal was ‘political’ – the Lib Dems had taken over control of the Council 11 months previously after a long period of Tory rule. Minster received a pay off, a pension and a new post in Glasgow training social workers.

Minster may have claimed that his removal was political but a great deal had happened to suggest otherwise. Whilst Minster was Director of Social Services in Richmond, it was alleged that children in the care of Richmond were taken to the notorious Elm Guest House nearby in Barnes, where they were molested at parties. Some of those alleged to have visited the Elm Guest House were Sir Peter Morrison, Cyril Smith, Anthony Blunt, Jimmy Savile, Sir Peter Hayman, Leon Brittan, Donald Naismith (the Director of Education at Wandsworth – Wandsworth Social Services provided the social workers who worked with St George’s Hospital Medical School/Springfield), Colin Peters QC and a number of police officers. Another alleged visitor was a man called Louis Minster.

It is alleged that the abuse at Elm Guest House began in 1977 and continued until at least 1982, when it was raided by the police. Richmond Council staff were given advance warning of the raid. Terry Earland, Head of Children’s Services at Richmond, stated that he had ‘no doubt’ that children were being abused at Elm Guest House. Because of this, Terry knew that a social worker would need to be present during the police raid, so he informed his boss Louis Minster of the need for a social worker. So if Louis was booked in to let his hair and trousers down at the Elm on that day, presumably he would be able to change his arrangements. The only surprise is that Louis didn’t double up as the social worker on duty himself.

Louis Minster was the boss of John Stingemore, the manager of Grafton Close children’s home in Richmond. In 2015 Stingemore was found dead shortly before he was due to stand trial, along with a priest, for a number of sex offences against boys as young as nine. It is alleged that boys from Grafton Close, as well as other Richmond homes, were taken to Elm Guest House to be used for sex.

The activities at Elm Guest House were the focus of Operation Fernbridge, 2013-15.

After the 1982 police raid on Elm Guest House, Carole Kasir, who ran it, was convicted of keeping a disorderly house. Police claimed that they did not find evidence of child abuse – so the warning to Louis Minster that a raid would be happening had been effective then. Carole Kasir advertised Elm Guest House as a gay rendezvous in ‘Gay News’ and elsewhere. In 1990 Carole Kasir was found dead, allegedly having committed suicide by an insulin overdose. Her friends dispute this and believe that she was murdered.

Louis retired to Malta. He lectured in social work at the University of Malta,  1988-97, then on an occasional basis until 2002. Minster also trained assistants to work on cases involving drug abuse. In Malta Louis also developed an interest in gerontology. The UN had established an Institute of Ageing on Malta and in 1989 Louis attended the Expert Group meeting as a representative of the University of Malta.

Malta would seem to be a bit of a magnet for child abusers – one of those recently arrested as a result of Operation Pallial who had abused children in north Wales was discovered living in Malta. The only thing that springs to mind re Malta for me is that Lady Juliet Bingley, who was Chair of MIND, 1979-83, whilst MIND colluded with Dafydd and the paedophiles in north Wales – Lady Juliet’s son William later became legal director of MIND and he then continued her sterling work in concealing Dafydd’s criminality – spent a few years living in Malta from 1959 as a result of her husband Admiral Sir Alec Bingley being Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Royal Navy. Whilst she was in Malta, Lady Juliet busied herself by setting up health and social care establishments and becoming a personal friend of the former PM of Malta, Dom Mintoff. Mintoff resigned as PM which resulted in Malta being governed directly from London. Juliet Bingley served as a ‘messenger’ between Mintoff and the Governor throughout the 70s and 80s.

 

There are a few familiar  names associated with Richmond-Upon Thomas – for a start Dr Alice Levinson who worked at St George’s/Springfield whilst they concealed the criminal activities of Dafydd and the paedophiles lives there and bases her private psychotherapy practice in Richmond. Levinson is too young to have been protecting paedophile gangs whilst Louis Minster reigned supreme at Richmond, but interestingly enough a Keith Vaz was the solicitor to Richmond Council in 1982. Keith also later popped up as a solicitor for Islington Council and at a law centre funded by Leicester City Council, whilst Islington and Leicester had problems with organised child abuse (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part I’).

The Chairman of the Social Services Committee in Richmond Council whilst Louis was busy was Dr Jenny Tonge – she is now Baroness Jenny Tonge. Jenny was a Richmond Councillor between 1981-90.

Jenny was born in Staffordshire and her parents were teachers. She went to Dudley High School, 1951-59 and then trained as a Top Doctor at UCL, graduating in 1964. Jenny joined the Liberal Party whilst she was at UCL. Jemmy has membership of the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Between 1968-78 Jenny worked as a GP and in family planning and was senior medical officer for the Women’s Services, Ealing, 1992-96.

One thing that Top Doctors who work in what is euphemistically called ‘family planning’ do get to hear about is women and girls being coerced into sex or sexually exploited – because they’re giving out the contraceptives or dealing with the resulting pregnancies and/or STDs.

In the 1992 General Election Jenny stood as the candidate for the Lib Dems for Richmond and Barnes. It was considered the Party’s most winnable seat but Tonge was not elected. I have found a reference to a ‘blaze of publicity’ which surrounded Jenny in 1992 but I haven’t discovered what the blaze was actually about.

The person who did win the seat of Richmond and Barnes in 1992 was the Conservative candidate Jeremy Hanley – Hanley was the sitting MP, having been first elected in 1983.  Jeremy Hanley was Conservative Party Chairman, 1994-95) and openly made jokes to his Parliamentary colleagues about Peter Morrison’s homosexuality.

Keith Vaz had stood as the Labour candidate in Richmond and Barnes in 1983 – he later found a home for his talents in Leicester East in 1987, in a constituency just down the road from that of Greville Janner.

Jenny Tonge made it into Parliament in 1997 when she won the newly created constituency of Richmond Park. She was the Lib Dem Commons Spokesperson for children, 2003-04. In Jan 2004 Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy sacked Jenny from the post – not because she had spent many years sitting on a Council and then was Chairman of the Social Services Committee whilst a paedophile ring raged within that Council’s Social Services, but because she made some inopportune comments about suicide bombers in Palestine.

Nonetheless Jenny was given a peerage in 2005.

In Jan 2009 Baroness Jenny was appointed the Lib Dem spokesperson for health. Cleggy sacked her in Feb 2010 over bizarre allegations that in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, an Israel Defence Emergency Aid hospital in Haiti was secretly harvesting organs. There were more fireworks in 2012 after Tonge made further remarks that were deemed anti-semitic and offensive. She ended up parting company with the rest of her party and sitting as an Independent Lib Dem. After Corbyn was elected as Labour Leader, Tonge stated that she was thinking of joining the Labour Party. The Deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson said that Jenny would be most welcome, although it seems that she wasn’t tempted. Jenny resigned from the Lib Dems in Oct 2016.

Jenny was married to another Top Doctor, the late Dr Keith Tonge, whom she met in 1959 when they were students at UCL. Keith Tonge was a neuroradiologist at St Thomas’s Hospital – the hospital that tends to accept the most privileged people as medical students. St Thomas’s is located very close to Parliament. Top Doctors at Tommy’s tend to know a great deal of sensitive information about people who work in Westminster. A stranger who follows this blog told me that sexual relationships between the staff of St Thomas’s and our esteemed representatives and their minions in Westminster are common. Whether they ever attended parties at Elm Guest House together I do not know – but Jenny and Keith would.

 

The MPs of other constituencies within spitting distance of Richmond-Upon-Thames are worth considering as well. Just down the road was the constituency of Kingston-Upon-Thames. The MP for Kingston-Upon-Thames, 1979-95, was Norman Lamont. Norman Lamont’s highest profile job in Gov’t was as Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1990-93 in John Major’s Gov’t. Norman was famously on duty on Black Wednesday – his political advisor who had helped cause the crisis was a man called David Cameron (see post ‘Running The Country – And All That Jazz’). Lamont was a member of the Cambridge Mafia, a group of people who knew each other from their time as members of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, who all played key roles in Thatcher’s and Major’s administrations. Other members of the Mafia include Ken Clarke, Michael Howard, John Selwyn Gummer and Leon Brittan. These people served in Gov’t with, and knew that, Sir Peter Morrison, Thatcher’s aide and Tory MP for Chester, was molesting children. Norman Lamont was Minister for Trade and Industry, 1983-85 – he was succeeded by Sir Peter Morrison. Lamont’s father was a Top Doctor – a surgeon – who practiced in Shetland. A very influential Top Doctor had connections to Kingston-Upon-Thames – Professor Hugh Bentall. Hugh Bentall’s family own the upmarket department store in Kingston-Upon-Thames, Bentalls. Hugh Bentall was a cardiac surgeon at Hammersmith Hospital – other staff there grumbled about the enormous influence that he wielded within Hammersmith Hospital/Royal Postgraduate Medical School. When I was there in 1986/87 we were given lectures in anatomy by a woman who aroused the ire of nearly all other staff. It transpired that the root of the discord was the feeling that she had secured her job unfairly. She had been a secretary who became Bentall’s mistress. He arranged for her to do a degree in anatomy, then a PhD and then a lecturing job for her materialised…

Hugh Bentall’s son Richard knows all about Dafydd and the paedophiles’ friends. Richard Bentall is a clinical psychologist who trained at Bangor and who worked at Bangor University’s School of Psychology for years. Richard Bentall knows how dreadful the mental health service is in north Wales and he knows how questionable much of the mental health research that has been conducted there is.

In 1991 it was discovered that a sex therapist called Lindi St Clair who also used the name Miss Whiplash was selling her services from a flat owned by Norman Lamont. He knew nuzzing. Norman Lamont was given a peerage in 1998. In the same year, when Spain indicated that they wanted to put Augusto Pinochet on trial for torturing and killing all those people in Chile when and after he seized power in a coup, killing Chile’s democratically elected leader along the way, Norman Lamont agreed with Thatcher that Pinochet was one of the good guys and described him as ‘a good and brave and honourable soldier’.

Surbiton is another constituency close to Richmond. The MP for Surbiton, 1983-97, was Conservative Richard Tracey. Tracey is a law graduate of Birmingham University. He was a leader writer for the Daily Express, 1964-66. Then between 1966-78 Tracey was a presenter and reporter for the BBC, working on TV and radio current affairs programmes. He then worked as public affairs consultant, 1978-83. Tracey is a JP and was a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, 2008-10. He is now the London Assembly Member for Merton and Wandsworth. Remember where the social work team who served St George’s was based – and the job of one of the alleged visitors to Elm Guest House?

Richard Tracey was preceded as MP for Surbiton by Conservative Sir Nigel Fisher, who held the seat between 1955-83. Prior to that Fisher had been MP for Hitchin, 1950-55. Fisher had been PPS to Gwilym Lloyd George, one of the Lloyd George dynasty from Gwynedd, members of whose extended family challenged Edwina Hart’s attempts to confront the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales (see posts ‘A Vampire At Glyndwr University!’ and ’95 Glorious Years!’ ). Sir Nigel Fisher was the father of Mark Fisher, who so admired Levy and Babs’s Report into the Pindown Scandal.

 

I obtained much of my information about Babs for this post from her obituary that ‘The Guardian’ published in 2000. The obituary of this deeply compromised woman who was well-networked with paedophiles equated to a hagiography. It was written by a Terry Philpot. In much the same way that Tam Dalyell churned out kind words in the event of the most unscrupulous, sleazy politicians dying, Terry Philpot busied himself stressing how recently deceased people who managed social service departments shot through with serious abuse of children were selflessly dedicated to the welfare of those in their care. Babs was of course ‘always on the side of the children’.

Who is Terry? Terry is a PR man for social workers, including it would seem those who were also child abusers. Terry  has written for ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Independent’, ‘The Tablet’ and ‘New Society’. Terry was Editor of ‘Community Care’, the in-house magazine for social workers which is so far removed from reality that it can fairly be described as delusional. John Allen used to advertise for staff for the Bryn Alyn Community in ‘New Society’.

Terry Philpot also wrote the obituary of Brian Roycroft, which appeared in ‘The Guardian’ in 2002. Brian Roycroft was ‘one of the most charismatic and influential social services directors’ – Roycroft was Director of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne City Council Social Services, 1971-93. Before Roycroft was Director, he had been children’s officer, Director of Education and Chief Executive of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne City Council for short periods of time. He had worked for the City Council since 1967 and for the three years before that Roycroft had worked in Gateshead as a children’s officer. So Roycroft will have known – if not known personally, then certainly known about – Matt Arnold and Peter Howarth whilst they were working at Axwell Park School in Gateshead and Howarth was abusing children there.

The City of Newcastle sent children on placement to the Bryn Alyn Community and continued to do so even after Newcastle police were told of allegations that children from Newcastle had been abused at Bryn Alyn. When questioned about this after the shit hit the fan over the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, Roycroft stated that thousands of children had passed through the system and he really couldn’t remember a thing about matters Bryn Alyn. Which is odd because former residents of Bryn Alyn who were sent there by Newcastle City Council remembered Brian Roycroft turning up at Bryn Alyn to open an extension. They thought that Roycroft’s memory problems were farcical because whilst at Bryn Alyn he came face to face with the dreadful conditions – but continued to send kids there.

One boy from Newcastle who was sent to Bryn Alyn maintained that he was threatened at gun point by a staff member demanding sex. Now you won’t read about that in ‘Community Care’ – or indeed in the Waterhouse Report.

The man who sent kids from Newcastle into the arms of John Allen’s organised crime network in north Wales was a very big name in social work. He was President of the Association of Directors of Social Services and Thatcher appointed him as a European Social Commissioner.

Roycroft’s most famous client was Mary Bell, the 10 year old who killed two small boys in 1968 – Mary was from Newcastle. Gitta Sereney wrote an acclaimed book about Mary Bell, ‘Cries Unheard’. The book contains extracts of interviews that Mary gave as an adult about her time in care. Mary maintains that on one occasion she was taken on a day trip by her social worker and plied with alcohol. Sereney makes a point of saying that the social worker had emphasised that this had never -indeed could not have – happened. Sereney makes comments about how children’s memories play tricks on them. Whereas the memories of Directors of Social Services don’t function at all when they are asked why they’ve been handing kids over to a branch of an international paedophile ring.

In his obituary of Roycroft, Philpot observes that Roycroft was born into his job – literally. His mother and father were houseparents at the NCH home in Frodsham, Cheshire. Brian Roycroft trained as a social worker at Birmingham and Leeds Universities. In 1957 he became a child care officer in Hertfordshire, in 1961 he was appointed assistant area officer for London County Council’s children’s dept and then in 1964 he went to the north east to join the paedophiles up there. A lifetime of networking and continuous professional development!

Roycroft continued with his giving after retirement. He Chaired a local Housing Association that he founded and was also Chair of the Alzheimers Disease Society. It continued after his death – Roycroft left dosh in his will which was used to establish the Brian Roycroft Fund. Mike Worthington, Chair of the Fund, described Brian as ‘an inspirational leader’. Not ‘a friend and business associate of one of the country’s most dangerous paedophiles’.

Whilst Roycroft was Director of Newcastle Social Services, the Sunday Times magazine reported that other Directors of Social Services voted Roycroft ‘the Director’s Director’.

I have described many of the links between the paedophiles’ friends in north Wales and the north east in previous posts eg. ‘The Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Connection’. I previously mentioned abuse at an institution in Durham, the Aycliffe Centre (it seems to have undergone several name changes during its long and unhappy history). So whilst researching for this post I was fascinated to discover that Derek Brushett, a Children’s Inspector for the Welsh Office, had worked at a former approved school, Aycliffe Secure Remand Centre/Community Home. Brushett had been the Deputy Headmaster at the educational part of the establishment, 1967-74. Could a network facilitating these sorts of connections explain why Matt Arnold at Bryn Estyn earned more than his manager in Clwyd County Council and was known to have a hotline to the Inspection Dept at the Welsh Office and would only take his instructions from them?

 

So in the face of all this, Babs Kahan only ever had the interests of the children at heart. She somehow missed the presence of a pan-European paedophile ring – which was well on the way to developing into an international ring – under her nose. One which blossomed during the years that she occupied some of the most senior positions in children’s social work in the UK. Politicians and diplomats named in the House as child abusers by Geoffrey Dickens and crucial information re the abuse of children by politicians and others lost by Leon Brittan whilst he was Home Secretary (see post ‘A UK Network’), the conviction of Oliver Brooke Professor of Paediatrics at St George’s for the possession of child porn (much of it from Europe), the presence of a brothel catering to interesting sexual tastes just down the road from St George’s which included Top Doctors, judges, politicians, clergymen, lawyers and peers among its clients (see post ‘The Most Dangerous Man In The World – Part III’) and scandals in children’s social work blowing up all over the UK repeatedly involving people popping abroad to work or go on holiday or indeed owning properties abroad. Oh – and nearly everyone who blabbed subsequently being found dead. Babs and her colleagues didn’t notice a thing.

International child sex trade facilitated by professional people including politicians, some of whom were paedophiles themselves? What absolute nonsense. As for those sick evil fantasists claiming to have been sexually abused by eminent people – well they should be prosecuted. Broadmoor’s the place for people like them. As Jimmy Savile knew…

All together now – ‘We didn’t know…’

 

There will be another post regarding events in the north east of England coming soon, looking specifically at the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal and those professionals involved.