Former MP tells police to ‘put up or shut up’ over child sex claims

Harvey Proctor
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A YORKSHIRE-BORN former Conservative MP whose home was raided earlier this year by officers investigating historic allegations of child sex abuse has launched a scathing attack on police, challenging them to “put up or shut up”.

Harvey Proctor said he felt “disbelief and disgust” at what he described as “the growing paranoia among various police ‘organisations’” in relation to such investigations.

Writing in the Independent on Sunday, the 68-year-old reiterated his innocence in relation to claims over which he said he has still not been interviewed.

Mr Proctor, who represented Basildon in Essex from 1979 to 1983 and Billericay from 1983 to 1987, said: “It’s time - with the spending on these enquiries approaching £100m - to say to the police and the Director of Public Prosecutions: Put up or shut up. Arrest me; charge me; try me. If you have evidence against me, bring it on!”

In a blunt and direct address to the Metropolitan police commissioner and other chief police officers he said “get a grip”, claiming they should redirect their “scarce” resources into tackling current crime and law and order.

Mr Proctor’s home within the grounds of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire was searched by officers from Operation Midland in March.

Just weeks later he announced he was retiring as private secretary to the Duke of Rutland.

Operation Midland was launched by the Met last November following allegations that boys were sexually abused by a VIP paedophile ring alleged to have existed at Westminster during the 1970s and 1980s.

There were claims that sex parties involving boys below the age of consent were held at the exclusive Dolphin Square apartment block near the Houses of Parliament.

Mr Proctor - who left Parliament in 1987 after pleading guilty to acts of gross indecency - has previously said he knew nothing the paedophile ring or allegations that three boys linked to the abuse were murdered.

In bullet-point form in the Independent he reiterated that lack of knowledge or involvement.

He said the search of his home and the allegations which hang over him have “ruined 28 years of my life’s rehabilitation after 1987”.

He claimed the media, police and politicians are pursuing the issue of historic child sex abuse “to try to get on the good side of the people of this country and rehabilitate themselves from their past lapses”.

Mr Proctor was born in Pontefract in West Yorkshire and educated at Scarborough High School for Boys and the University of York.

He had joined the Young Conservatives at the age of 14 in 1961 and was chairman of York University Conservative Association from 1967 to 1969.

In the summer of 1967, whilst Chairman-elect of the Association, he was invited to produce a number of half-hour political programmes for broadcast on offshore Radio 270, which included interviews with MPs John Biggs-Davison and Patrick Wall.

Proctor retired from his job with the Duke and Duchess of Rutland in March “with immediate effect”.

In March Mr Proctor has denied being part of a “rent-boy ring” or attending sex parties with other prominent figures.