Sir Cyril Smith
Sir Cyril Smith was a British Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Rochdale. After his death, numerous allegations of child sexual abuse by Smith emerged (including many made during his lifetime), leading the police to believe that Smith was a serial sex offender. In 2015, it emerged that Smith had been arrested in the early 1980s in relation to these offences, but a high level cover-up reportedly led to him being released within hours, the evidence destroyed and the investigating officers prevented from discussing the matter under the Official Secrets Act.
During the 1960s Smith was active on many Rochdale Council committees regarding youth activities. These included: Rochdale Youth Orchestra, Rochdale Youth Theatre Workshop, governorship of 29 Rochdale schools and chairmanship of the Youth Committee, Youth Employment Committee and the Education Committee
After Brittan died in January 2015, he was accused of “multiple child rape”. Labour MP Tom Watson said he had spoken to two people who claimed they were abused by Brittan, including a man who alleged he had been attacked more than a dozen times as a boy. The alleged victim also said he had seen Brittan assault others. Watson said that he – along with others, including media organizations – had known of the accusations but had decided not to speak out for fear of prejudicing any jury trial that Brittan might have one day faced.
He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1978. Between 1979 and 1981 he was Minister of State at the Home Office, and was then promoted to become Chief Secretary to the Treasury, becoming the youngest member of the Cabinet. He warned cabinet colleagues that spending on social security, health and education would have to be cut “whether they like it or not.”
In government documents released in July 2015, Brittan was one of four senior Westminster figures named in connection with child sexual abuse, but the context of the reference is not known. Along with Brittan, the former British diplomat Sir Peter Hayman, and former ministers William van Straubenzee and Peter Morrison were named in secret government files after a review into historical child sex abuse
The Headline below from the Guardian 2010 describes Leon Brittan as “Tory who discovered Nick Clegg!”
Rolf Harris was a singer, artist and children’s TV presenter that worked for the BBC a man I met once and could not stand he received a number of awards and honours. Following his conviction, many of these were rescinded. For example, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1968; he was advanced to Officer (OBE) in 1977, then to Commander (CBE) in 2006, but these honours were revoked in March 2015. In 2014, at the age of 84, he was jailed on twelve counts of indecent assault that took place between 1968 or 1969 and 1986, on four female victims then aged between eight and nineteen. Since then other victims have come forward and he currently on trial facing further charges.
The Duke of York and Buckingham Palace strenuously denied the allegations in the court documents in the USA that he sexually abused a 17-year-old girl who claimed she was used as a sex slave. This is rare as the monarchs do not usually deny or acknowledge any of these allegations. Judge Kenneth Marra ordered Virginia Roberts’s accusations about Andrew, the Duke of York, to be struck from the record and denied her attempt to join a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of the prince and a convicted sex offender.