At least 20 prominent paedophiles, including former British MPs and British government ministers, abused children for “decades” with even more establishment figures in the UK involved in covering up their activities, a child protection expert has claimed.
Former child protection manager Peter McKelvie said victims of the abuse were treated like “lumps of meat”, taken from place to place to be molested by the “elite” group.
Mr McKelvie, who took his concerns to Labour MP Tom Watson in 2012, ultimately triggering a police inquiry, said the activities had been covered up out of “self-interest” and for political reasons.
He told the BBC: “I would say we are looking at upwards of 20 (people) and a much larger number of people who have known about it and done nothing about it, who were in a position to do something about it.”
Mr McKelvie was a child protection manager in Hereford and Worcester and worked on the conviction of paedophile Peter Righton – a former consultant to the National Children’s Bureau.
Righton, who is now dead, was also a founding member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), before he was convicted of importing child pornography.
But Mr McKelvie said the evidence went further than just Righton and claimed he told police in 2012 there were seven boxes of potential evidence being stored by West Mercia Police.
He said the evidence included letters between Righton and other alleged paedophiles.
Mr McKelvie told the BBC: “I believe that there is strong evidence, and an awful lot of information that can be converted into evidence if it is investigated properly, that there’s been an extremely powerful elite among the highest levels of the political classes for as long as I have been alive – I’m 65 now.
“There’s been sufficient reason to investigate it over and over again, certainly for the last 30 years, and there has always been the block and the cover-up and the collusion to prevent that happening.
“For the first time I have got a belief that survivors will come forward and justice will be served for a lot of survivors, but unfortunately it has been left so late that a lot of the abusers are now dead.”
He added: “We are looking at the Lords, we are looking at the Commons, we are looking at the judiciary, we are looking at all institutions where there will be a small percentage of paedophiles and a slightly larger percentage of people who have known about it but have felt that in terms of their own self-interest and self-preservation and for political party reasons it’s been safer for them to cover it up rather than deal with it.”