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Veteran Tory faces abuse questioning

Issue No. 2383

A former Tory cabinet minister is to be questioned by the Metropolitan Police over allegations of child abuse.

A video and a number of photographs allegedly place the ex-MP at one of several parties where boys were sexually abused. The veteran Tory is understood to deny any wrongdoing. 

Detectives used pictures of a victim who came forward when he was a boy to cross reference with those of him at the party. The witness said, “The police tell me that they have photographic evidence that I went to these parties.”

While the photographs and video allegedly place the ex-minister and the victim at a party, they do not prove that the former politician carried out any abuse. The Crown Prosecution Service is set to drop some charges against two people in connection with abusing boys at Elm Guest House in the London borough of Richmond. 

Separately the police made a decision to release without charge Harry Kasir, the former co-manager of the guest house. John Stingemore who used to run Grafton Close children’s home in Richmond and Father Tony McSweeney still face child abuse charges. They are due to appear in court on Thursday of next week.


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