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  • The sun sets over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, the work place of an alleged pedophile ring in the 1970s and 1980s.

    The sun sets over the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, the work place of an alleged pedophile ring in the 1970s and 1980s. | Photo: Reuters

Published 29 December 2014

The list of high-ranking officials accused of historic child sex abuse has grown again, as campaigners demand that a law preventing retired detectives from speaking out be lifted. 

Two more former British government ministers have been named to London police as members of a powerful pedophile ring who systematically abused boys during the 1970s and 1980s.

The two politicians, who are still alive, join a list of 22 other top-ranking officials, which includes further former members of parliament and intelligence chiefs. 

The alleged VIP child sex network has drawn allegations of a state cover up under Margaret Thatcher's rule.

Member of Parliament John Mann, who has campaigned for an extensive investigation into the historic abuse, has called for an amnesty for retired detectives from the Official Secrets Act, a law which protects state secrets and delicate information. The Labour law maker asked Home Secretary Theresa May to lift the restrictions, and allow former officers to speak out about events they witnessed that could bring about prosecutions.

'It is clear there are a lot of people who could provide a lot of information, potentially vital information, to support ongoing criminal investigations,” Mann said. 'But they are not doing so because of the Official Secrets Act. They are fearful of not only breaking the law but the potential effect on their pension. This is absolutely crucial if we are to get some of these ex-officers coming forward and to get prosecutions of some of the former MPs.'

London's Metropolitan police are already investigating allegations from one man who claims to have been abused the gang at parties in an up-market apartment in central London. Police have declared that they have now begun a murder inquiry, after the man revealed he witnessed the deaths of three boys. They described the victim’s allegations against prominent political and establishment figures as credible.

Parliamentarian Mann has even claimed that two men may have been killed as part of the establishment's cover-up of the sex abuse allegations.

Police officers revealed last week that they will question former teacher and convicted pedophile Charles Napier about the ring. Napier, 67, who was jailed last week for abusing 23 boys, was the treasurer of the Peadophile Information Exchange, a pedophile campaign group that asked for the age of sexual consent to be lowered to four years old. PIE reached its peak in the 1970s and 1980s, and police suspect that establishment figures were linked to the group.

“He was treasurer of the PIE. That means he would know the names of a lot of the people ­involved. He must have more to tell the police,” a source close to the investigation told the Sunday People.

As well as the damaging child abuse allegations, the U.K. establisment has been accused of a white-wash, with senior officials aware of what was taking place, and media banned from publishing details. 

According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Margaret Thatcher was warned that senior ministers were involved in a child sex ring, when a former activist in her party sent her a 40-page dossier in 1989 outlining the abuse after he was allegedly ordered to recruit the boys.

“I outlined exactly what I had witnessed and informed her I intended to expose it, " the activist told the paper.

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