BBC’s Newsnight has sensationally claimed that a ‘leading politician from the Thatcher years’ was embroiled in a widespread paedophile ring – and repeatedly raped boys from a children’s home.
Alleged victim Steven Messham told reporters he was raped ‘more than a dozen times’ by the man, described on the programme as a ‘shadowy figure of high public standing’.
But despite a string of damning allegations, Newsnight reporters said it didn’t have ‘enough evidence’ to name the politician, sparking angry claims on Twitter that the Beeb ‘bottled it’.
The revelation came just hours after MPs suggested the Corporation aired the controversial programme to act as a ‘smokescreen’ after it failed to broadcast allegations that Jimmy Savile was a paedophile last year.
Mr Messham said he made his allegations to the Waterhouse Inquiry into child abuse before it reported in 2000, but claims they were ignored.
Speaking of the abuse he claims he suffered, Mr Messham said ‘various things would happen’ at the hands of a senior Tory politician and he was ‘basically raped’.
He recalled: ‘You were taken by car, where basically you were sexually abused. Various things would happen, drink would be involved, it was basically rape. But it wasn’t just him, there be other people involved as well.’
He told the programme: ‘Cars would pull up outside the home and you were taken.‘There would be a Porsche, there would be a Jag, there were all sorts of cars, and you were basically taken.’
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