After Geoffrey Dickens MP named paedophile diplomat Sir Peter Hayman using Parliamentary Privilege, he promised to name more paedophiles. This never happened, and we can assume this had something to do with his the threats he received. His name and address were found in the notebook of a suspected murderer, and his flat was bugged during a faked burglary.
In 2000, the Clwyd South MP Martyn Jones was set to name 50 paedophiles named in the Waterhouse Inquiry using Parliamentary Privilege.
This never happened, and in a later statement Martyn Jones said he would ‘check the allegations’ with police before naming the abusers. Nothing more was said about it. Did he receive threats?
And if comparisons can be drawn between Martyn Jones and Geoffrey Dickens, they can also be drawn between Lembit Opik and David Steel, as both MPs seemed very keen for child abusers not be named.
I think the lesson to be learned in this is that if any MPs are brave enough to use Parliamentary Privilege to name Establishment paedophiles, they shouldn’t give any advance notice.