Leon Brittan and the Paedophile Information Exchange


Leon Brittan became Margaret Thatcher’s Home Secretary on 11th June 1983. Not long after starting in the role, he came under pressure to ban an organisation called the Paedophile Information Exchange.


The Paedophile Information Exchange, or PIE, campaigned to have the age of consent reduced to 4 years old, which would have effectively legalised paedophilia. PIE published a contacts page in its newsletter with a PO Box number, so paedophiles across the UK and abroad could forge links and trade tips on how to access children, and how to obtain images of child abuse. This was how organised paedophile networks developed in the UK, and helps to explain how paedophiles ended up infiltrating so many schools, children’s homes, and other institutions. By the early 1980s PIE had over 1000 members, including people in prominent and powerful positions in the British Establishment such as diplomats, MPs, aristocrats, intelligence agents, teachers, and child protection experts.

There were a number of big news stories in the early 1980s involving child abuse and missing children. One of these was the ‘Brighton Beasts’ case in August 1983; a 6 year old boy was snatched off the street and sexually assaulted by three men. These cases intensified public opinion about paedophiles, and strengthened the case for an outright ban of PIE and similar organisations.

Leon Brittan, however, did not share the public’s urgency to ban PIE. He outlined a ‘three step approach’ to the issue, which consisted of asking chief constables to report to him, asking the Department of Public Prosecutions to ‘consider’ prosecuting PIE members, and asking parents to keep a close eye on their children.

This provoked an angry reaction both from the public and some sections of the press. The mother of the 6 year old boy who was assaulted in Brighton said Brittan’s policy was “weak and worthless“. Charles Oxley, a headmaster who had infiltrated PIE and provided his information to the police, criticised Brittan’s policy as “apathetic”.The Daily Express, in a comment piece on 2nd September 1983, were most damning of all:


The policy of asking the DPP to consider prosecutions seems particularly suspect, since the DPP had already decided not to prosecute PIE member Sir Peter Hayman.

Paedophile diplomat Sir Peter Hayman

Paedophile diplomat Sir Peter Hayman

There was even a reported panic among prominent PIE members to cancel their memberships in anticipation of a clampdown. But they needn’t have worried because Mr. Brittan didn’t do anything.

Brittan’s inaction on the issue led a Conservative MP called Geoffrey Dickens to launch a campaign to ban PIE, which attracted huge popular support. Dickens started a petition, and with the help of coverage in the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror, it received over 1 million signatures from members of the British public.

In November 1983, Geoffrey Dickens gave Leon Brittan a ‘massive’ dossier on child abuse, with specific allegations about a link between PIE and Buckingham Palace staff, Foreign Office staff, and the civil service. Brittan did not investigate. It now seems likely that this paedophile ring would have been involved in the child abuse at Elm Guest House, seeing as the visitors to Elm Guest House included senior members of the Royal Household, civil servants, and other prominent Establishment figures. Had Brittan acted on this dossier, a powerful paedophile network could have been smashed, and countless children saved from abuse.

Geoffrey Dickens MP

Geoffrey Dickens MP

In January 1984, Dickens gave Brittan a second dossier alleging child abuse in a children’s home and naming prominent paedophiles including a television executive. In all probability this would have been the BBC, as they allowed Jimmy Savile to get away with abusing children for decades. Again, had Brittan acted on this dossier it would have almost certainly led to Savile and many others, and could have stopped the abuse of hundreds of children. The Home Office now say the dossier is missing, and when Paraic O’Brien recently asked Leon Brittan about it, he said “I do not recollect this and do not have any records that would be of assistance“. How strange that he can’t remember these incredibly important files.

In November 1984 two members of PIE’s executive committee were jailed, for 6 months and 18 months respectively. PIE bowed to public opinion and officially disbanded after the trial, which meant that after stalling for so long, Leon Brittan never had to make a final decision on banning PIE.

It appears that the rights of child abusers were given prominence over the rights of children. I’m sure Mr. Brittan had a reason for his failure to act on child abuse but we may never find out due to his inability to recall events from the 1980s.

  1. chess said:

    I wrote to my MP asking him to support Tom Watson and to write to the Home Sec to ask her to find the missing Dickens file. (There are 2 actually).

    He replied that ‘ he is happy to write to the Home Sec about this issue but he wonders how we even know there was a file in the first place.

    Sorry to sound a bit sceptical, he says, but he repeats again, if people have evidence of crimes they should be given to the police at once.

    As an aside, he said, he’s heard many rumours over the years about many people, some of them famous. He never take any notice because generally they are just rumours and some people are happy for their own reasons to start them’.

    People had gossiped about him, he said – so I guess he’s sensitive about such matters though I guess it’s more likely if one chooses to be in the public arena.

    Dull ole me, but I think those sensitive ego hang ups have to be put to one side if we are to root out the evils that have gone/are going on with our children.

    Only my thoughts of course.

    So I am glad to see this concise article today as I can use its fine detail in my next missive to him.

    • Re dickens dossiers …andrea davison had copies until she was raided ..also its possible that CPS has copies as well
      It seems that Disckens was aware that snuff videos were being produced as well

  2. I would double check your MP isn’t a paedophile. Tom Watson doesn’t have the backbone to push this all the way to the Palace. The rot is at the top.

  3. chess said:

    Hmmmm. Oh, well I know he’s not gay because he told me. Do you know anyone who would push it all the way to the top? We do need another hero, Tina Turner please note.

  4. Graham said:

    George Galloway is usually up for a fight..then again there was that worrying episode of him in a leotard pretending to be a cat!

  5. Was Leon Brittan a member of Pie?

    • Brian said:

      The truth is often stranger than fiction. The mainline papers can be censored by the establishment that owns them, the Internet, at least at the moment, is not so easy to control.

      • I worked in Hong Kong during the MacLennan era and was told by a then friend, who was an investigator of the case, that during their search of a crown counsel’s residence identified from documents found in MacLennan’s flat at Homantin Police Quarter, they found details suggestive of a conspiracy to channel young offenders to particular court/s to particular judiciary where conviction and sentencing involved “payment in kind”; he said that names of judiciary allegedly involved and all the other details were passed to his superiors but he did not expect too much to be done about it. Lawyer Duffy, who was jailed for what were then homosexual offences at the time, was said to have threatened to blow the lid on everything for leniency. If true, might the judiciary involved who originated from the UK/Antipodes legal scene have been a small part of a larger organised hole?

  6. Lambeth Police Station Paedo Sex Ring Dungeon Scandal

    In November 1997 the South London Press reported the finding of a sex dungeon complete with manacles , chains , bedding and a sleazy red light in Lambeth High-Security Police Head Quarters in South London. The civilian staff who leaked the story were suspended and Officers from Scotland Yard’s Criminal Investigation Bureau were called in. From the copious amounts of child pornography found at the Police Station, it was soon realised that Children from Lambeth Care Homes were being taken to the Police Station for sexual abuse, rape and use in child pornography. It is believed several senior Police Officers were renting out Children and using the Police Station as a brothel.
    Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll was put on the case and he soon started following up leads. However when his leads led him to politicians, including at least one who was a Lambeth Labour Councillor and is now an MP, he was taken off the case and put on disciplinary charges.
    However before his removal DCI Clive Driscoll had discovered that all 25 of Lambeth’s Childrens’ Homes had been run by a large paedophile network for over 20 years. There were around 50 Children who had entered Lambeth Childrens’ Homes and never been seen again by their families.
    The leader of Lambeth Council at the time was Ted Knight (Labour) who was a close friend of Margaret Hodge (Labour) who was leader of nearby Islington Council. It is believed that Children were “traded” between Lambeth and Islington Councils.
    When Councillor Anna Tapsell, who had campaigned against the sexual abuse of Children in Lambeth Care Homes for over twenty years, complained about Driscoll’s removal she was visited and “warned off” by a senior Police Officer.
    The Metropolitan Police set up a five year investigation, and as is usual in Britain three low level paedophiles got a couple of years in jail for minor sex offences. The major players all got clean away to continue their “activities“.
    The Police never looked for any links between the Lambeth and Islington paedophile rings, but I found some glaringly obvious ones within five minutes. Abraham Jacobs was convicted in 1986 for his part in a paedophile ring that specialised in picking up run away Children in Piccadily Circus to provide for the sexual abuse by BBC Executives and Labour Party Politicians. Abraham Jacobs had worked at both Islington and Lambeth Care Homes and was known to Margaret Hodge, Jack Straw and Ted Knight.
    Another link is Michael John Carroll. He was one of the paedophile “fall guys” from the Lambeth Care Home Scandal – this is a quaint British tradition where small time paedophiles get convicted of minor sex offences and all enquiries are then closed in to the bigger picture. Even though he had been a relatively low paid Council Employee, on his release from prison he bought The Hand Hotel on Church Street in Chirk ( just outside Wrexham ) for £725,000 cash. The Crest Hotel in Wrexham is usually linked to the Wrexham Child sex abuse scandal, but The Hand Hotel was also conveniently close to the Wrexham Child sex abuse scandal.
    Another link is Jason Hoyte a convicted paedophile. He had been warned off by Police from hanging round Islington Care Homes and had somehow avoided a CRB check and obtained a job as a Youth Worker with Lambeth Council. He was sacked in 2006 after being caught grooming Children for BBC Executives on a Council run Youth training scheme.

    • Does that relate to the Brixton child care home now being investigated by daily mirror ?

  7. WTF ? is all this actually true ?????

  8. ianmac said:

    I am absolutely gob-smacked, I have been reading related tweets and links for 2 hours, its horrific – for goodness sake why have these people got away with it for so long ?

    Why are we seeing no action and no convictions – I feel so powerless, even my own MP is being investigated for preying on vulnerable female women.

    How on earth can a sex cell in a police station get swept under a carpet ?? it beggars belief

    gob-smacked – where can these poor poor children get justice ?? ??

  9. The paedos had no liking for geoffrey Dickens that’s quite clear from reading the crap they wrote in their publications they mock him quite a lot..

  10. You can play join the dots if you like.
    Peter Righton ->PIE->spartacus->elm guest house ->PB->PB sister (patron of Righton organisation.

    • gay Left organisation was riddled with paedos even PIE members who contributed to its magazines

  11. OyiaBrown said:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

  12. jacquita said:

    Its beginning to feel like Governments around the world are filled up with paedophiles, abusers, traffickers!

  13. Principle5000 said:

    Disgusting such an Organisation such of been Banned from Day 1

    Advocating ” Legalisation ” is a Crime against Decency and Morality

  14. Wook5ter said:

    Peter Morrison, Edward Heath, Jimmy Savile, Cyril Smith, Lord Boothby, Anthony Blunt, Mountbatten – all liked little boys. I’m sure there are MANY more still alive. Mi5 / Mi6 vet all links with the Palace. They would have known about Savile’s past / present and let him hang aroung with Charles. Why? Ask yourselves? A lot of blackmailing goes on with the security sevices. Why was our gold sold off for such a pittance? Why did the Westland contact get f*cked up? Mmmmmm… The Establishment is untouchable. Ken Clarke QC, allegedly, cannot be questioned by the police over recent allegations. Another QC is campagning for the AOC to be dropped (at one time to 4yrs of age!!!). The world has gone crazy. There have been 45 Investigations into paedophilia over the years. EVERYTIME someone gets close they get promoted / disciplined / warned off or moved on. And the same people are free to bugger little kids whose only crime is not to have a parent to look after them. We have a duty of care to look after the children of this country. And those in power put each other first rather than those they represent. TIME FOR CHANGE.

  15. Graham Wyn said:

    Ask a policeman about Mr Brittan – he’ll tell you the truth… cover up / cover up / cover up

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  17. Derek Gough said:

    Will the truth ever come out about high profile people into kiddy fiddling or is this such a story that it would bring down this corrupt government along with its perpetrators and those who know about it and did nothing to stop this vile subject . This of course means mp’s judges police officers and anyone in any position of power which I got to say females as well not just males. Including femalesingers and so called actresses which I won’t mention but I guess you can guess who I am talking about and some of you wouldn’t think twice about but nevertheless they are well-known household names. I am sick to my soul knowing this is going on but no one is doing bigger all about it. To be honest if anyone ever mentions names nothing will be done because there is no one to report too because the system is so corrupt its unbelievable that children or anyone else for that matter can’t report it to anyone that’s how corrupt it is .

  18. Michael Mathews said:

    Quite obviously we all now know that World govts are contolled by Satanic Occult devil worshipping murderers and evil sadistic child abusers as described at many websites such as: macpc.org.au lukesarmy.com/content/pedeop
    As a full time carer for victims of Satanic Ritual Abuse in Australia i can assure all that these evil scum are running Australias public services and all law enforcement

  19. Please watch this all the way through but have a bucket at the ready.

  20. Ralph Alden was arrested by Catford police for the Brighton boy case.
    There were sightings of three men in a car with foreign licence plates
    Ralph Alden was senior PIE and connected to Micky Burbridge who contributed to the Keith hose document submitted to home office .
    Alden had been arrested for orchard lodge secure unit kidnap in anerly se London
    And also arrested for the Nems / gay youth group in catford which sold boys
    Rupert or Ted Beach a huge man was also connected to this catford / new cross group and busted on sue cook watchdog program.
    What is peculiar is the gay youth group had identity cards and was known to ” work with the police ” at times

  21. ITS still happening in Scotland,Googe Hollie Greig and see that 2 men are in prison for trying to EXPOSE the Abuse Robert Green and Rusty

  22. Darren said:

    I wonder if Brittan has ever heard of sodium pentathol.

  23. JANE H said:

    while googling ‘collectable toys’ I came upon some concerning material. I accumulated a file that indicated that there is a ring of men claiming to be beany baby collectors, they wrote stories for other members to read and chillingly it was clear they were talking about children by using names of beany babies. I reported this to the police who ‘oddly’ couldn’t access the data base that I had accidently stumbled across AND WERE NOT INTERESTED IN MY COLATED INFO. why would the official beany baby site have a secure adult chat room with a reminder to watch what they say as youngsters may have access to what they say… and why from the site are there direct attached links to very adult sites….. and why are the names of some of the toys peculiarly lewd ?………… I even reported it to AOL and within minutes I had a series of virus attacks directly from AOL.
    I tell you……. more than we know are involved in this sickening activity.

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