Tuesday, 25 August 2015
Harvey Proctor says he is completely innocent
"Harvey Proctor says he is "completely innocent" of gruesome allegations that he murdered boys as part of a Westminster paedophile ring and says police are pursuing a witch hunt."
"The former Conservative MP for chose to reveal details of the allegations against him in a long prepared statement read out at a press conference in central London."
"He said the claims - which include rape, torture and the murder of two young boys - would be "laughable" if they were not so serious, and called for the resignation of senior police officers who are investigating reports of child abuse by VIPs in the 1970s and 1980s."
"The 68-year-old was MP for Billericay in 1987 when he admitted spanking and caning male prostitutes as young as 17 at his London flat following a story in the People tabloid. The age of consent for gay sex was 21 at the time but has since been lowered to 16."
"Mr Proctor pleaded guilty to four acts of gross indecency with two rent boys and was fined £1,450."
"The MP - a member of the right-wing Monday club who was well known for his views on restricting immigration from the Commonwealth - did not contest his seat at the 1987 general election."
"He has now been interviewed twice by detectives from Operation Midland, an investigation into historic allegations that boys were murdered by a paedophile ring comprising members of the Westminster elite."
"Mr Proctor said he wanted to go public with the allegations, made by an anonymous complainant who has been given the pseudonym Nick, to help clear his name."
"He quoted at length from police documents outlining the claims made by "Nick", who says he was the victim of serious sexual abuse by a group of men between 1975 and 1984."
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