As a fresh inquiry into the widespread sex abuse scandal, carried out by a Paedophile Ring at a number of children’s homes in Wales in the 70’s and 80’s has been requested by Teresa May this week.
Allegations continue to rise from former children; such as Steve Messham, a former resident of the Bryn Estyn home in Wrexham that a number of high profile public and political figures including a high ranking Thatcher-era Tory had carried out the systematic abuse.
One such name linked with Mr Messham on Twitter was Lord McAlpine, The Conservative Party Treasurer in the late 1970s until the 1990’s. The Tory Peer responded to these claims, by releasing a statement saying ‘these comments are wholly false and seriously defamatory.’ He went on to say ‘I have never been to the children's home in Wrexham, nor have I ever visited any children's home, reform school or any other institution of a similar nature," he said.
Lord McAlpine said he was not accusing Mr Messham of acting maliciously but he insisted he was "mistaken and that he has identified the wrong person". He then went on to say ‘he could yet sue over these allegations.’
As the identities of these alleged paedophiles causes widespread speculation. David Cameron appearing on ITV1’s This Morning, was unexpectedly handed a hand written list by the show’s presenter, of names circulating on the internet ,named as being paedophiles. This tasteless and silly stunt has earned criticism, from senior politicians and resulted in a number of complaints to the TV watchdog OFCOM.
Which prompted Cameron to say ‘he didn’t want this investigation to turn into a witch hunt.’
Written and presented by Ann Salter