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A council official and a caretaker may have been killed to stop them exposing a Westminster paedophile ring, Labour’s John Mann said
Two men may have been murdered as part of an establishment cover-up into child sex abuse allegations, an MP sensationally claimed today.
A council official and a caretaker may have been killed to stop them exposing a Westminster paedophile ring, Labour’s John Mann said.
The shocking allegation comes as abuse survivors expect Home Secretary Theresa May to axe a panel of experts investigating claims of historical sex attacks by powerful figures.
They fear the Government does not “want to get at the truth” of the accusations, according to Mr Mann’s party colleague, Simon Danczuk.
The murder claims centre on Daily Mirror revelations seven months ago about Lambeth Council official Bulic Forsythe, who died in February 1993 in suspicious circumstances.
He had vowed to expose a paedophile ring allegedly linked to a future minister in Tony Blair’s government.
Bulic told a witness he suspected vulnerable youngsters were being assaulted by an organised gang at one children’s home said to have been visited by the Labour politician.
But days later Bulic, 42, was beaten to death in his flat which was later set on fire. The case has remained unsolved for 21 years.
Mr Mann today said social services manager Bulic – and an unnamed council caretaker – could have been killed to silence them.
The caretaker died in a “suspicious” fire, Mr Mann said, adding that the worker “was providing information and tapes relating to sex abuse and sex parties” in the run-up to his death.
He claimed the deaths were “undoubtedly linked” to child abuse at Westminster and “potentially linked to the wider scandal” involving other high-profile figures.
“Both were people who were in essence blowing the whistle on child abuse – for whatever motive – and two very suspicious deaths,” he said.
Mr Mann told Sky News Bulic “had significant information in relation to child abuse”, adding: “The evidence about what he is said to have uncovered is very precise and relates to what’s come much more to light in the last 12 months,”
He went on: “It’s clear his death was highly suspicious and that he had crucial information about child abuse.”
Mr Mann has handed Scotland Yard a dossier including allegations about the involvement of 22 politicians – some of them apparently still serving – in paedophile rings.
The names are said to include 14 ex-ministers.
He urged the Government to release Special Branch police officers from the Official Secrets Act, allowing them to come forward with evidence.
Meanwhile, Rochdale MP Mr Danczuk warned sex abuse survivors could turn to “direct action” as a stalled-inquiry fades into “complete disarray”.
Frustrated campaigners have been told Mrs May will scrap a panel of experts appointed to take evidence, and start all over again.
The inquiry was announced in July but has been hit by a series of setbacks as two chairmen were forced to quit over establishment links.
Mr Danczuk blasted “people at the centre of government” saying: “You can’t help thinking they aren’t intent on getting this right.”
He said child abuse survivors could not be blamed for suspecting “quite deliberate mistakes by people at the centre of government” over the fiasco.
Mr Danczuk said people should prepare for “more and bigger, peaceful protests, more challenging of ministers, more challenging of the police to take action”.
“There is very little faith in Government in terms of delivering this,” he told the BBC.
“You can’t help thinking that they are not intent on getting this right.”
National Association for People Abused in Childhood boss Peter Saunders said he was “yet to encounter any survivors who have confidence in the process”.
A Home Office spokesman said: “The Home Secretary is determined that appalling cases of child sexual abuse should be exposed so that perpetrators face justice and the vulnerable are protected.”