Extraordinary documents found in the Cabinet Office clear out of files connected with historic child abuse cases has been found. The memos, found in a storeroom of “assorted and unstructured papers”, reveals one key paper from November 1986 from Sir Antony Duff, then director-general of MI5.
Writing to Sir Robert Armstrong, the cabinet secretary, about inquiries into an MP said to have “a penchant for small boys”, he says the spookmeister accepts the MP’s denial and adds: “At the present stage . . . the risks of political embarrassment to the government is rather greater than the security danger”.
Was that just the Establishment believing one of its own, combined with a now outdated attitude to child abuse?
Or was it part of a cover-up of the truth?
The cache of documents and correspondence also relates to senior Westminster figures such as Leon Brittan.
All will be handed over to Justice Lowell Goddard, who has ordered the whole of Whitehall against shredding or hiding any documents she may need for her new overarching inquiry.