Tag Archives: Ian Dunn

18th-25th January 1975: Letters regarding the Albany Trust’s links with PIE (The Times)

26th August 1975: Child-lovers win fight for role in Gay Lib (The Guardian)

26th August 1975: Legalise child sex – call (Sheffield Morning Telegraph)

28th August-15th September 1975: Guardian ‘London Letter’ column on PIE and related correspondence (The Guardian)

November 1975: ‘Evidence on the law relating to and penalties for certain sexual offences involving children – For The Home Office Criminal Law Revision Committee’ aka ‘The PIE manifesto’

22nd January 1976: Who really wants a change in the age of consent? (The Times)

Spring 1976: ‘Paedophile Politics’ (Gay Left)

19th May 1977: Adults only (The Guardian)

4th February 1977: Blackmail after man applied to join paedophile organization (The Times)

24th August 1977: Mirror comment – For adults only (Daily Mirror)

27th August 1977: Conference ban puts paedophile group further into cold (The Guardian)

28th August 1977: Dutch MP backs child sex (The Guardian)

30th August 1977: Paedophile talks backed by homosexuals (The Times)

1st September 1977: Paedophile conference plans ‘age of consent’ meeting (The Guardian)

4th September 1977: Britain ‘intolerant’ on child sex (The Observer)

9th September 1977: Priest’s child sex views repudiated (The Guardian)

20th September 1977: Fury of the mothers (Daily Mirror)

24th September 1977: Gays join PIE fight (The Guardian)

16th December 1977: Row over cash for paedophiles (Daily Mirror)

16th December 1977: Grants ‘help child sex group’ (The Guardian)

20th December 1977: Guardian praised despite erring (The Guardian)

25th January 1978: Musician jailed on charges over pornography (Daily Mail)

1st April 1978: Judge slams child sex ring (Daily Express)

1st April 1978: ‘Sinister’ sex group rapped (Daily Mirror)

11th June 1978: They just don’t give a damn (News of the World)

18th June 1978: Child sex leaders raided (Sunday Express)

25th June 1978: Why a school sacked the nastiest man in Britain (News of the World)

11th July 1978: Dishonoured: the shame of a viscount’s son who turned from porn books to child sex (Daily Express)

7th November 1978: Reporter held (Daily Mail)

24th June 1979: Poisonous PIEmen are at it again (News of the World)

18th November 1979: We trapped little boy’s evil friend (News of the World)

November 1980: The Beast of Berlin (Private Eye)

21st January 1981: Child sex group ‘is a force for evil’ (Daily Mail)

25th January 1981: Police swooped over our story on the PIE men (News of the World)

27th January 1981: Paedophile book earns lecturer’s praise (The Guardian)

February 1981: The Beast of Berlin (2) (Private Eye)

1st February 1981: PIE men retrial (Daily Mirror)

1st March 1981: PIE men face sex charge (News of the World)

7th March 1981: ‘Child porn exchanged’ (The Guardian)

14th March 1981: Why the DPP resurrected an ancient law to deal with paedophiles (The Guardian)

15th March 1981: Whitelaw quiz on envoy’s links with the child sex men (News of the World)

16th March 1981: Why we did not prosecute (Daily Mail)

16th March 1981: ‘Don’t name porn envoy’ (The New Standard)

16th March 1981: Tory MP threatens to name ex-diplomat mentioned in sex trial (The Times)

17th March 1981: Child-sex diary of a diplomat (Daily Mail)

17th March 1981: MP determined to name diplomat over child pornography case (The Guardian)

17th March 1981: MP is defiant over naming diplomat (The Times)

17th March 1981: Paedophile case diplomat would have faced purge (The Times)

18th March 1981: MP names man in child sex case (Daily Mail)

18th March 1981: I will name the porn case envoy today (Daily Express)

18th March 1981: MP defies porn case plea (Daily Mirror)

18th March 1981: Shame of the ‘porn’ envoy (The New Standard)

18th March 1981: Diplomat referred to in sex trial named today (The Times)

19th March 1981: I will name more names (Daily Express)

19th March 1981: MP in porn name storm (Daily Mail)

19th March 1981: Rap for MP who named envoy (Daily Mirror)

19th March 1981: Secret shame of Mr Perfect (Daily Mirror)

19th March 1981: ‘Porn’ envoy: Havers replies (The New Standard)

19th March 1981: MP’s questions anger Hayman solicitor (The Times)

19th March 1981: Mr Steel says naming diplomat may be abuse of privilege (The Times)

20th March 1981: How Sir Peter was kept out of the PIE trial (The Guardian)

20th March 1981: Havers defends non-prosecution (The Guardian)

20th March 1981: Text of MP’s questions on envoy and replies by Ministers (The Guardian)

20th March 1981: Law chief tells of ‘an obsession with child-torture’ (The Sun)

20th March 1981: My flat’s been bugged, he says (The Sun)

20th March 1981: Sir Peter ‘not in blackmail plot’ (The Sun)

20th March 1981: Attorney General’s full answer to question on Sir Peter Hayman (The Times)

20th March 1981: Ex-diplomat was not blackmailed or pressurized, solicitor says (The Times)

20th March 1981: Sir Peter and Mr Henderson (The Times)

21st March 1981: The double life of Sir Peter Hayman (The Times)

22nd March 1981: Child sex ring goes back into business (News of the World)

22nd March 1981: Filth behind a box number (News of the World)

22nd March 1981: This dreadful web of child corruption (News of the World)

22nd March 1981: Conspiracy, morals and lynch law (The Observer)

22nd March 1981: John Junor – Current Events (Sunday Express)

22nd March 1981: How PIE gets a cut of public money (Sunday People)

22nd March 1981: Scandalous: The cover-up in high places (Sunday People)

22nd March 1981: Top people escape child porn scandal (Sunday People)

23rd March 1981: Child sex sect gets new boss (Daily Mirror)

24th March 1981: MP ‘ready for gaol’ to protect source (The Guardian)

24th March 1981: Hayman MP defiant over source (The Times)

25th March 1981: Paedophile ban call (The Guardian)

26th March 1981: The questions unanswered in the Hayman case (The Times)

29th March 1981: MP’s fury at child porn for patients (News of the World)

7th April 1981: Havers denies special treatment for Hayman (The Guardian)

7th April 1981: Why Sir Peter Hayman was not named (The Times)

9th April: Letter regarding mental health charity MIND’s links with PIE (The Times)

20th April 1981: Village split as Sir Peter returns (Sunday Express)

25th July 1981: Teacher’s sex case ‘tragedy’ (Daily Mail)

25th July 1981: Teacher convicted of sex offences ‘can still teach’ (The Guardian)

20th September 1981: Classroom corrupters (News of the World)

20th December 1981: Vice link-up of the child sex beasts (News of the World)

20th March 1982: Clifford Hindley retires (Community Care)

18th July 1982: Police killer in sex spy probe (News of the World)

21st July 1982: Computer men to probe spy ‘leak’ (Daily Mail)

21st July 1982: Thatcher’s guarded security statement (The Times)

23rd July 1982: Tom O’Carroll released after 16 months in jail (Capital Gay)

15th August 1982: Child-sex boss in Whitehall shock (News of the World)

21st August 1982: Child sex spy tells all (Daily Star)

21st August 1982: Secrets of the PIE men (Daily Star)

23rd August 1982: Ban the PIE men (Daily Star)

3rd September 1982: College principal tells how he spied on PIE (The Guardian)

24th September 1982: Letter – A lust too gross to allow (The Guardian)

12th November 1982: Prime had links with child sex group (Daily Mail)

16th November 1982: MPs continue to press for debate on Prime affair (The Guardian)

27th November 1982: Another mystery death (Daily Express)

16th December 1982: MPs foiled on Prime debate (Daily Mail)

1982: PIE member Geoffrey Prime complains to the Press Council about the News of the World’s allegations (Press Council)

1982/1983: Sir Michael Havers complains to the Press Council about the Sun’s Geoffrey Prime allegations (Press Council)

1983: Interview with Steven Smith and Peter Bremner (BBC)

9th January 1983: Scare over sex-club spy (News of the World)

16th January 1983: Five get a rocket over Prime spy files (News of the World)

6th February 1983: PIE men are slammed (News of the World)

27th February 1983: Evil menace to children (Sunday People)

19th June 1983: Twisted lusts of TV stars (News of the World)

22nd June 1983: Scoutmaster quits (Daily Mail)

24th June 1983: Church man in sex row (Daily Mirror)

20th August 1983: Outlaw evil child-sex peddlers (Daily Mail)

22nd August 1983: God help our little children (Daily Express)

22nd August 1983: The Sun and Sir Michael (The Sun)

22nd August 1983: The Sun has to withdraw its allegations about Geoffrey Prime (The Times)

23rd August 1983: Child sex: MP ready to expose famous names (Daily Express)

23rd August 1983: ‘Ban PIE’ call (Daily Telegraph)

23rd August 1983: Dickens’ threat to reveal names (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

23rd August 1983: Ban child sex cult urges angry MP (The Sun)

23rd August 1983: MP seeks to ban child sex group (The Times)

24th August 1983: Child sex: Yard set to hand over names (Daily Express)

24th August 1983: Sex with children: DPP gets names (Daily Mail)

24th August 1983: No stopping men of evil (Daily Star)

24th August 1983: Why evil group won’t be banned (Daily Star)

24th August 1983: ‘Why the Yard acted on PIE’ (The Standard)

24th August 1983: Telephone caller says he knows one of the men who assaulted boy (The Times)

25th August 1983: Eight top names on my list of shame (Daily Express)

25th August 1983: Sir Peter is unscathed by scandal (Daily Express)

25th August 1983: 15 men named in child sex report (Daily Mail)

25th August 1983: Peril of a child sex club ban (Daily Mirror)

25th August 1983: Brittan wants paedophile report (Daily Telegraph)

25th August 1983: Public figures named in files on sex offenders in Britain (The Globe and Mail, Canada)

25th August 1983: Scotland Yard sends two new reports on PIE to ministers (The Guardian)

25th August 1983: Confessions of the ‘child sex’ men (The Standard)

26th August 1983: The shocking truth about PIE (Daily Express)

26th August 1983: The men who want to make sex with children legal (Daily Mail)

26th August 1983: Yard sends child sex file to DPP (Daily Mirror)

26th August 1983: Kinky child cult wins new recruits (The Sun)

26th August 1983: You scum! (The Sun)

27th August 1983: Ministry in child sex link (Daily Star)

28th August 1983: The nasty nine (News of the World)

28th August 1983: They even snare kids of four (News of the World)

28th August 1983: Child sex and a VIP (Sunday Mirror)

28th August 1983: ‘Curb child sex’ bid (Sunday Mirror)

28th August 1983: Top people shield the child sex VIPs (Sunday People)

28th August 1983: What we exposed and they ignored (Sunday People)

29th August 1983: Law boss pledges war on child sex (Daily Star)

29th August 1983: PIE has right to speak, say gays (The Guardian)

30th August 1983: Public anger after attack on 6-year-old boy – Child-sex group’s leaders step out of the shadows (The Canberra Times)

30th August 1983: MPs named in child sex smear bid (Daily Mail)

30th August 1983: Envoys in child sex quiz (Daily Star)

31st August 1983: Brittan studies child-sex report (Daily Express)

31st August 1983: Child sex report studied (Daily Telegraph)

31st August 1983: Government ‘apathy’ on PIE criticized (The Times)

1st September 1983: The men of evil (Daily Star)

2nd September 1983: Child sex fiends face new purge – but Brittan goes one step at a time (Daily Express)

2nd September 1983: A whimper from Brittan (Daily Express)

2nd September 1983: Child abuse: Brittan orders police review (Daily Mail)

2nd September 1983: PIE’s views defended (Daily Mail)

2nd September 1983: Brittan is ready to tame the perverts (Daily Star)

2nd September 1983: PIE links with rights group (Daily Star)

2nd September 1983: Brittan seeks expertise on child assault cases (The Guardian)

2nd September 1983: Minister condemns paedophile views (The Times)

3rd September 1983: MPs on ‘child sex mailing list’ (Daily Express)

4th September 1983: PIE account closed (The Observer)

5th September 1983: Child-sex purge ‘scares top men’ (Daily Express)

9th September 1983: Child sex men charged (Daily Mirror)

10th September 1983: ‘Bastards’ fury at a child sex court case (Daily Mirror)

10th September 1983: 3 charged with sex offences (The Guardian)

30th September 1983: CHE steps up support for PIE (Capital Gay)

3rd November 1983: Police guarding home of Tory MP (The Guardian)

4th November 1983: Stalls are down on PIE (Islington Gazette)

24th November 1983: MP alleges paedophilia at palace (The Times)

25th November 1983: Two year cover-up on dirty pictures (Daily Express)

25th November 1983: Palace link in child sex scandal (Daily Express)

25th November 1983: Vice ring at the palace, says MP (Daily Mail)

2nd December 1983: Sex crusade Tory MP’s office raided (Daily Mail)

9th December 1983: Home Office orders police visit (Capital Gay)

16th December 1983: PIE-probe police visit another activist (Capital Gay)

15th January 1984: Row over Palace vice ‘cover-up’ (News of the World)

19th January 1984: MP hands over shock report on child sex (Daily Mirror)

19th January: Dickens’ Dossier (Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

20th January 1984: TV chief is named in child sex probe (Daily Express)

25th March 1984: Evil secret of a Scots address (Sunday Mail)

15th June 1984: ‘Child sex link’ man sues for £20,000 (Capital Gay)

28th June 1984: Resistance at top – MP (The Guardian)

28th June 1984: Bill to curb sexual abuse of children (The Times)

24th August 1984: Two years’ jail for paedophile (The Times)

16th September 1984: Child sex trial man flees (The People)

18th September 1984: Catch the PIE man! (Daily Star)

17th October 1984: PIE man: legal move (The Guardian)

19th October 1984: Paedophile group disbands (Capital Gay)

19th October 1984: PIE extradition (The Times)

November 1984: Guilty men who back child sex (Daily Star)

7th November 1984: Master spy head ‘traps men in child sex group (Daily Express)

7th November 1984: Child sex ring’s ‘Home Office link’ (Evening Standard)

7th November 1984: Leader of child sex group misses trial (The Guardian)

8th November 1984: Home Office phone link alleged in child sex case (The Guardian)

14th November 1984: Paedophile leaders cleared of child sex offence incitement (The Guardian)

14th November 1984: Fury over verdicts on child sex trio (Daily Express)

14th November 1984: Child sex boss escapes trial (Daily Mirror)

14th November 1984: Paedophile chiefs are cleared of main charges (Daily Telegraph)

14th November 1984: Jail fear of child sex men (Evening Standard)

14th November 1984: Child-sex pair cleared as MP slams law (The Sun)

15th November 1984: All-male jury is rapped (Daily Express)

15th November 1984: Child-sex men fear jail revenge (Daily Express)

15th November 1984: Child sex men face jail fury (Daily Mirror)

15th November 1984: ‘Tough time’ ahead in jail for paedophile chiefs (Daily Telegraph)

15th November 1984: Leaders of paedophile group are sent to jail (The Times)

17th November 1984: PIE man on child porn charges (The Guardian)

19th November 1984: Child sex group ‘has folded’ (The Guardian)

25th November 1984: Dutch delay decision on Briton’s extradition (Daily Telegraph)

28th November 1984: PIE extradition ruling delayed by Dutch (The Times)

5th December 1984: Alan Rusbridger’s diary (The Guardian)

January 1985: Extradition move on child sex man dropped (Daily Telegraph)

7th July 1985: Evil PIE boss in a child care scandal (News of the World)

29th December 1987: Porn group tries to link up with child charity (The Sunday Times)

25th January 1990: Two face child porn charges (Islington Gazette)

1st August 1990: ‘Snuff’ video outrage…but nothing stops the monsters (Daily Star)

16th December 1991: Child porn man who fled is jailed seven years later (Evening Standard)

17th December 1991: Pervert jailed (Daily Mirror)

23rd April 1992: ‘Wicked’ doctor took dirty pictures of young boys (Islington Gazette)

17th September 1992: Child care expert fined over photos of naked boys (The Independent)

6th May 1993: Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief (Evening Standard)

21st February 1994: Parents call for public inquiry over sex abuse skipper (Press Association)

24th February 1994: An abuse of trust (Daily Mail)

3rd March 1994: Social work team claims to have found nationwide paedophile ring (Care Weekly)

27th May 1994: Silence that cloaked child sex conspiracy (Evening Standard)

1st June 1994: Shadow of the attic (The Guardian)

9th September 1994: Police arrest child care chief (Daily Mail)

10th November 1994: Lecturer held (The Independent)

9th March 1997: These men are the child sex abusers (The Observer)

6th July 1997: Paedophile list set up by gay rights leader (The Sunday Times)

2nd June 1998: The epidemic in our midst that went unnoticed (The Guardian)

8th October 2000: Home truths (The Independent on Sunday)

28th October 2000: The web of pure evil (Daily Mail)

9th September 2001: Inquiry into researcher’s links with paedophiles (Mail on Sunday)

10th September 2001: University investigates PhD student’s internet links with paedophiles (The Scotsman)

15th September 2002: Scandal of pervert on top legal panel (Sunday Express)

10th February 2003: Under cover in suburbia, the master spy living off the state he betrayed (Daily Mail)

17th March 2004: The police child porn expert…exposed as a paedophile (Daily Mirror)

17th March 2004: Child porn ‘expert’ jailed for abusing young girls (The Guardian)

21st December 2006: The porn vault (Daily Mirror)

17th August 2007: ‘I hate him for what he did to my girl. He’s evil’ (Leicester Mercury)

2010/2011: Annual report (Campaign for Homosexual Equality)

19th April 2013: Tom Watson’s letter to Theresa May

25th March 2014: Teachers ‘abused boys at Osborne’s old school’ + second article + third article (The Times)

28th March 2014: Boys punished for telling of abuse by teacher (The Times)

The Sunday Times, 29th November 1987

by Maurice Chittenden and Rosie Waterhouse

A PAEDOPHILE movement has been thwarted in its bid to forge links with an international charity devoted to the protection and welfare of children.
The paedophile group, centred around a London and Edinburgh-based magazine called Minor Problems, attempted to set up an exchange of information and publications with the charity.
Welfare workers at the Defence for Children International’s New York office grew suspicious when they read some of the group’s publicity literature.
Minor Problems describes itself as a ‘review for free intergenerational and childhood relations’. But detectives and child-care worker believe it has now replaced the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie) as the leading contact group for those campaigning for sex with under-aged youngsters.

Although police in Cheshire have denied that the arrests made in Congleton last week had anything to do with such contact groups, they have increased speculation that organised child pornography is thriving nationally.
Diane Core, founder of Childwatch, has given detailed information to police on nine organised groups she says her organisation has uncovered but says that the problem is considerably more widespread. ‘There is now one in every major town. It is like a cancer.’
The Sunday Times has discovered that Minor Problems has already established transatlantic links. Copies of the magazine were found when police raided the home in San Diego, California, of a woman running a group called The Childhood Sensuality Circle.
But Minor Problems seized on a possible link with Defence for Children International after an article appeared in a scholarly review about the charity’s defending black children imprisoned in South Africa.
The charity was founded nine years ago in Geneva. Unicef, the United Nations children’s foundation, regularly referred cases to it.
Mike Jupp, the British-born executive director of the charity’s American branch, said: ‘Minor Problems contacted us after picking our name for this article. It pretends to have the interests of children at heart, but it is trying to win legitimacy through association with an established body. We want nothing to do with it.’
Minor Problems was launched in April, 1983. Many will find its drawings of children offensive because of the context in which they are used, and its editorials defend the ‘right’ of children to have sex with adults.
The magazine claims that it exists to put such viewpoints on the discussion agenda of the radical and alternative left. A ‘marxist analysis’ spread over several issues expounded the theory that paedophile ralations ‘would be OK under socialism’.
The magazine’s columns report on the activities of such organisations as the north American man/boy love association and publicise books with such titles as How to Have Sex With Kids. It has carried recruitment advertisements from Pie, which paid more than £1,000 to bulk-subscribe the first three issues. Pie’s magazine Magpie had folded after Pie’s leader, Tom O’Carroll, was jailed for two years in 1981 for corrupting public morals.
Minor Problems is run by a nine-strong collective. Its members are known only by their first names.
Some editions of the magazine have carried an address in Broughton Street, Edinburgh, the home of Ian Dunn, who admits to co-founding Pie with Michael Hanson in 1974.
Dunn, a 40-year-old planning officer with Edinburgh city council, had to stand down as a ward Labour candidate three years ago when his past connection with Pie became known. He said his flat was used as an accommodation address for the first three issues for Minor Problems after which he severed all connections.
He claimed that he had been supplied with envelopes bearing a forwarding address in London.
Childwatch believes that at least eight other paedophile groups now have members in Britain. They include the Lewis Carroll Collectors’ Guild, based in Chicago and publishing a quarterly called Wonderland; Paedo Alert, from Amsterdam, source of most child pornography smuggled into Britain; the Rene Guyon Society, whose 10,000 members, mostly in California, share the motto, ‘Sex before eight before it is too late’.
‘These groups have learned from Pie and have now gone into terrorist-like cells,’ said Ray Wyre, a former probation officer who established the first treatment programmed for sexual offenders at Parkhurst prison and now runs a counselling clinic.

Sunday Times, 6th July 1997

by Marcello Mega

THE man who has emerged as the most prominent spokesman for the gay community in Scotland had close links to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) when it was formed.

Ian Dunn, convener of Outright Scotland, the longest-established gay rights group in Scotland, has been given a high profile in recent months by the media. He has been widely quoted on a range of issues, including the rights of gay couples to adopt children.

He condemned police in Central Scotland earlier this year for a video camera surveillance operation in public toilets in Stirling which led to several gay men being charged. The operation also revealed that some men had had sex with a 13-year-old boy. He was also in the forefront of the successful campaign to ensure that men caught having a consensual homosexual liaison in a public place should not be placed on any future register of sex offenders.

Dunn has admitted that he co-founded PIE with Michael Hanson in 1974. Later, it became the leading contact group for adults campaigning for the right to have sex with children and a means by which sexually active paedophiles swapped information. This weekend, Dunn told The Sunday Times that past reports linking him to such activities had been exaggerated. He said that as members of the executive committee of the Scottish Minorities Group in the early 1970s, he and Hanson had agreed to facilitate research being done into sex with children by providing a contact address.

The aim was to establish whether the perception that homosexual men were more prone to paedophilia was correct. Dunn said that after the research was concluded, he found that the perception was mistaken. Some of those who had been involved moved from Edinburgh to London and took information gathered with them. Out of that move, he said, PIE was born, and he and Hanson had no more to do with it.

Ten years ago, The Sunday Times learnt that some editions of Minor Problems, a magazine set up in 1983 which assumed PIE’s mantle as the principal means of contact for paedophiles, once carried an address in Edinburgh’s Broughton Street, which turned out to be Dunn’s home. Dunn said his home was used as a box office address for one year, during which the first three issues of Minor Problems were published. He said he had been supplied with labels bearing a forwarding address in London and that after the first year, he had had no further connection.

Asked what his views were on sexual relations with children, he said he had none. When pressed, he insisted that paedophilia was not a gay issue and his views were therefore of no interest. Eventually, when asked whether he considered it acceptable or not, he said: “My views are so conventional as to be not worth reporting. I absolutely abhor people who have sex with children.”

Dunn was asked about an article in a tabloid newspaper in March 1987 in which he was quoted as saying at a secretly recorded meeting: “I think the youngest person…I had sex with was 14.” He said that what the tabloid failed to do was to tell its readers that he had also been at school at the time. He added: “As an adult, I have never had sex with anyone under the age of consent. I have never had and do not intend to have sex with children.”

Dunn, 50, was once a local authority planning officer. He had political ambitions as a councillor but abandoned those when his PIE connection became public knowledge. He has been involved in the work of the Gay Centre in Broughton Street for many years and recently took up the lease on the Stonewall cafe, which operates within the centre.

Related: ‘Gay rights activist’ Ian Campbell Dunn and the Paedophile Information Exchange


In 1996 Peter Tatchell wrote Ian Campbell Dunn’s obituary in The Independent, which described him as “a pioneer for lesbian and gay human rights, remaining a central figure in the battle for homosexual equality – in Scotland and internationally – for 30 years”.

What Tatchell failed to mention is that in 1974, Ian Campbell Dunn co-founded the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), a group that wanted the age of consent reduced to 4 years old and advocated sex with children.

paedophile-information-exchangeIn March 1984 the Sunday Mail, a Scottish tabloid newspaper, printed a story which alleged that Dunn “allows his flat to be used as the main contact address for Britain and the whole of Europe for paedophiles”. This was around the time the Paedophile Information Exchange were coming under pressure from Geoffrey Dickens, so it seems Dunn’s address was being used as a new contact point in case PIE was shut down by the government. Dunn denied knowing PIE official Peter Bremner, who published a paedophile magazine called Minor Problems, which was stocked in Dunn’s Edinburgh bookstore, Lavender Menace.

SundayMail25384Three months later, Capital Gay reported that Dunn was suing the Sunday Mail for £20,000, and had launched ‘The Ian Dunn Defence Appeal’ to fund the libel action. I can’t find any further reference to this libel case in the Capital Gay archive, so we can assume the case was quietly dropped as all the allegations against him were true.

CG15684In 1990, the journalist Tim Tate investigated Dunn for his book ‘Child Pornography’:

Not all of PIE’s active members fled to Europe when the police arrested its leaders. Some have stayed on, reproducing PIE’s networks of paedophiles on a reduced scale. Ian Dunn, a 45-year old local government planning officer was involved with PIE from its inception. He has set up and assisted two subsequent publications – Rain Makers UK and Minor Problems. Copies of Rain Makers UK from 1986 revealed it to be a gay contact sheet which also allowed the trading of pornography. Minor Problems was a direct continuance of part of PIE.

Minor Problems itself was set up by Peter Bremner before his conviction in April 1983. It billed itself as ‘a new radical review for free intergenerational and child sexuality’. It failed to disclose its involvement with PIE and attempted to attract subscribers through a mix of amateurish social-work jargon and a bogus claim that its publishers were ‘an independent editorial collective, not bound to any organisation or group, not adhering to any dogmatic theories, not limited by preconceived ideas, not working for any profits.’ For good measure it gave a false ISBN classification number.

Dunn allowed his Edinburgh flat to be used as an accommodation address for the publication after Bremner was arrested and PIE disintegrated in 1984. Subsequent issues of Minor Problems show it adhering to a thoroughly dogmatic theory that children have the right to be sexually abused by adults.

Dunn had always maintained that he was not a paedophile whenever reporters asked him about his activities, though he was frank about his homosexuality, and ran the Lavender Menace bookshop in Edinburgh. But a tape recording dating from 1986, of Dunn lecturing a group of students, contains the following admission: ‘I think the youngest person I had sex with was fourteen’. And an earlier letter Dunn wrote to Mick Licarpa, editor of Minor Problems, after Bremner’s arrest in the summer of 1984 is revealing:

“This letter is to let you know that David Rigby of News of the World is sniffing around the MP/PIE area yet again. Two reporters visited 52 Broughton Street (Dunn’s flat) last night and had several general questions. They wanted to know exactly how I tied in to MP, what I thought of the mag, how many letters did you get….what the Great British Public think of it all?

My response was brief: my flat was an accommodation address for MP only (not PIE), I was not part of MP (nor of PIE though I was co-founder with Michael Hanson in 1974); that I did have a letter published in MP (they had said copy with them – bought from Lavender Menace they said)….Phew. I showed them the door.

But of course they’ll dish up the dirt. I’ve been waiting for this for many years (wait till they get me for Rain Makers UK!), and you need not fear that I leaked your identity/ies!

With every good wish in common struggle, Ian.

Until recently there was an award for Scottish gay rights campaigners that was named after Dunn. In 2007 there were demands that the award should be renamed after a recipient discovered Dunn’s past associations with paedophiles.

Perhaps it’s time someone edited Dunn’s Wikipedia page to give a more accurate account of his interests. When writing Dunn’s obituary, Peter Tatchell should have taken the opportunity to distance Dunn from the rest of the gay community by being honest about Dunn’s support for paedophiles.

Further reading:
The PIE Manifesto
Leon Brittan and the Paedophile Information Exchange
Leon, Maggie, Elm Guest House, and the CGHE
How Margaret Hodge’s policies allowed paedophiles to infiltrate Islington’s children’s homes