1978: MPs Successfully Campaign For The Release Of Sadistic Paedophile William Pate.

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I wonder what the names are of the ‘all-party group of MPs’ who campaigned for the release of paedophile William Pate ? Convicted of  horrific crimes against children, and despite doctors at Broadmoor believing him to be ‘a danger and not fit for release’, the campaign was successful. In 1984 he was convicted yet again for paedophilia and ‘sadistic homosexual practices’ after imprisoning a young boy for 12 hours and abusing him.

I think it is a reasonable question to ask which MPs campaigned for his release, don’t you ?

From The Glasgow Herald

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  1. Anne Wade said:

    1978? Well one starting point might be comparing the PIE membership list with the membership of the House of Commons…

  2. googlefoo said:

    http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1979/feb/22/mental-health-act-1959-review#S5CV0963P0_19790222_HOC_325

    I am disappointed that the Government do not intend to change the law in regard to section 65. There are times when one’s civil rights could be more greatly eroded by being called a patient than a prisoner. Along with the hon. Member for Chertsey and Walton (Mr. Pattie), I recently took the case of William Pate to the Ministry. That case has had a lot of publicity and there is no harm in mentioning the name. Had this man been convicted of the offence with which he was charged, he could not have been in custody for more than two and a half years. He has been in custody for nine years and it is difficult to transfer him even now to a less secure unit. He is being kept in custody because he had the misfortune to be sent to a hospital instead of a prison. Although the Bill of the hon. Member for Chertsey and Walton deals with that situation, it must be put right when we come to legislate.

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