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Sir Peter Morrison raped a 14-year-old schoolboy
Fresh allegations of child abuse have been levelled at former Chester MP, the late Sir Peter Morrison, who was a key figure in Margaret Thatcher’s Government.
The Metropolitan Police is investigating claims in The Telegraph by an alleged victim that, as a 14-year-old schoolboy from West Sussex, he was raped by Sir Peter in 1982 at a London guest house reportedly used by a Westminster paedophile ring.
Hours after the attack, the alleged victim’s father says he reported the assault to the Met. But the family claim the Met later lied, telling them the attacker had been jailed and they took the view: “That was the end of that.”
It was only years later, the family claim, that they discovered the culprit’s true identity and that Morrison had never in fact been jailed for any crime. The unnamed alleged victim, now a 46-year-old married businessman, is preparing to take legal action against the police.
The Metropolitan Police confirmed it was aware of the alleged victim’s claims and ‘will be investigating’.
Sir Peter Morrison, who died in 1995, was Tory MP for Chester from 1974 to 1992 and lived in Puddington.
An Old Etonian and barrister by background, Sir Peter was Lady Thatcher’s trusted parliamentary private secretary and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. In 1990, he led Thatcher’s disastrous leadership campaign team when she lost power.
This is not the first time similar allegations have surfaced.
Channel 4 News previously broadcast an allegation from an unnamed former resident of the Bryn Estyn children’s home in North Wales that he had seen Sir Peter visit the care home and drive away with one of the boys living there.
In his political diary, Breaking the Code, Morrison’s immediate successor Gyles Brandreth wrote that he and his wife Michele had ‘been told several times on the doorstep – in no uncertain terms – that the MP is ‘a disgusting pervert’’.
Former Tory minister Edwina Currie, in her diaries, described Sir Peter as ‘a noted pederast with a liking for young boys’. She later claimed Morrison had sex with 16-year-old boys when the age of consent was 21 and senior party members covered up for him.
According to The Guardian’s veteran reporter Nick Davies, the Sunday Mirror’s crime reporter Chris House twice received tip-offs from police who said Morrison had been caught with underage boys but had been released with a caution. Mr Davies claimed that when the journalist confronted Morrison he used libel laws to block the story.
On a recent visit to Chester, former Welsh Secretary William Hague said he had known Sir Peter ‘a long time ago’ but had been unaware of any incidents at the time they were alleged to have taken place including the allegations relating to children's homes in North Wales.
Concerning the claims, he added: “I don’t know anything about the truth or otherwise of that.”