Secret file names senior diplomat as paedophile

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Westminster ‘paedophile ring’: Secret file names senior diplomat as paedophile

A former Senior British diplomat Sir Peter Hayman has been named as the subject of a secret file concerning “unnatural sexual proclivities”.

The Guardian Report: A secret file detailing official investigations into a senior British diplomat named in the House of Commons as a paedophile has been publicly released by the National Archives.

The document about Sir Peter Hayman, prepared for the attention of the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher, was put together during late 1980 and early 1981, before the Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens used parliamentary privilege to name Hayman as a paedophile in 1981.

The existence of the file, titled Sir Peter Hayman: allegations against former public official of unnatural sexual proclivities; security aspects, was revealed by Sky News earlier this month.

It has now been released to the National Archives in Kew, south-west London, though not yet publicly inspected.’

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “This file was originally kept closed as it contained information from the security services and advice from the law officers. We have reviewed that decision and have now released the file into the National Archives.”

Hayman, who died in 1992, served as high commissioner to Canada. In Dickens’ Commons speech, which was met with criticism at the time as a possible abuse of parliamentary privilege, the MP named Hayman as a member of a ring sharing child abuse images and said the high-ranking diplomat’s involvement in it had been covered up. Owing to Hayman’s sensitive work, Dickens said, this made him a security risk.

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