Maggie Thatcher protected Sir Peter Morrison

Margaret Thatcher protected a Tory MP suspected of abusing children, M15 papers have revealed. 

The MI5 files disclosed to a public inquiry revealed that Peter Morrison’s alleged ‘penchant for small boys’ was considered only in national security, not criminal terms.

An  MI5 lawyer told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) that the situation was “a matter of regret.”

It was revealed that Peter Morrison’s paedophilia was covered up and not passed onto the police. It also dismissed the idea of a Westminster paedophile network, after having covered up Peter Morrison’s crimes.

The investigations revealed that the inquiry heard that two 1986 memos were written by Eliza Manningham-Buller, who went on to be the director-general of MI5 between 2002 and 2007.

Peter Morrison had been one of the first backbenchers to urge Thatcher to stand for the Tory leadership in 1975 and her parliamentary private secretary in 1990.

The MIS lawyer, said: “It’s a matter of regret that no consideration was given at the time to the criminal aspects of the matter.

“The knowledge and understanding of child sexual abuse at the time were much, much lower than it is now. So I’m to some extent unsurprised that wider consideration wasn’t given in 1986. With hindsight, it’s a matter of real regret.”

Read the report here on the IICSA website and read the transcript on the IICSA publications list.

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