Pae­dophile Dunn’s link with Fair­bairn

MP had se­nior role in group founded by child sex ac­tivist

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Gra­ham Grant

SIR Ni­cholas Fair­bairn was a se­nior fig­ure in a gay rights group founded by a man who set up a no­to­ri­ous pae­dophile net­work.

The Scot­tish Daily Mail can re­veal the for­mer So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral was honorary vice-pres­i­dent of the Scot­tish Mi­nori­ties Group (SMG), an early gay rights or­gan­i­sa­tion.

It was es­tab­lished by the late Ian Dunn, a town planner with the lo­cal au­thor­ity in Edinburgh and a Labour ac­tivist, who also fought for ho­mo­sex­ual equal­ity – and co-founded the Pae­dophile In­for­ma­tion Ex­change (PIE).

PIE fought to le­galise adult sex­ual re­la­tions with chil­dren and was af­fil­i­ated to the Left-wing Na­tional Coun­cil for Civil Lib­er­ties (NCCL), whose lead­ing mem­bers in­cluded Labour deputy leader Har­riet Har­man, her MP hus-

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band Jack Dromey and for­mer health min­is­ter Pa­tri­cia He­witt.

The Daily Mail’s ex­po­sure ear­lier this year of their links with PIE in the 1970s and 1980s raised deeply un­com­fort­able ques­tions for Labour. Miss He­witt was forced to apol­o­gise over the NCCL’s con­nec­tions with the group.

Re­search has now un­cov­ered Sir Ni­cholas’s mem­ber­ship of SMG, as honorary vice-pres­i­dent, in the early 1970s.

Iron­i­cally, when he was later ap­pointed So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral, he op­posed at­tempts by the gay rights move­ment to re­duce the age of con­sent for gay sex.

The MP was also crit­i­cised for de­scrib­ing gay sex as ‘per­verse’ when com­pared with ‘nor­mal’ het­ero­sex­ual sex.

Records at the Na­tional Li­brary of Scot­land show another of Dunn’s groups, linked to SMG, was the Scot­tish Ho­mo­sex­ual Rights Group, which hosted a work­shop at which an au­thor called Roger Moody made a de­fence of pae­dophilia. Re­searchers be­lieve that while these groups were le­git­i­mate gay rights or­gan­i­sa­tions, they were ef­fec­tively in­fil­trated by pae­dophile apol­o­gists such as Dunn.

Anti-abuse cam­paigner Ian Pace, a lec­turer at City Univer­sity in Lon­don, be­lieves Fair­bairn may have been ‘cov­er­ing his tracks’ by pub­licly adopt­ing an anti-gay stance.

He added: ‘Sir Ni­cholas Fair­bairn was honorary vice-pres­i­dent of the SMG from 1970 to 1974. One of the found­ing mem­bers of the group was Dunn.

‘There is am­ple ev­i­dence that ac­tive pae­dophiles and pae­dophile or­gan­i­sa­tions sur­rep­ti­tiously in­fil­trated a range of or­gan­i­sa­tions – for civil lib­er­ties, gay rights, men­tal health and be­yond, not to men­tion a mul­ti­tude of pro­fes­sions in­clud­ing teach­ing, so­cial work and pol­i­tics.’

Fair­bairn also called for curbs on Press free­dom in 1990 fol­low­ing the storm over the so- called ‘magic cir­cle’ of judges, sher­iffs and ad­vo­cates who were al­legedly con­spir­ing to en­sure that ho­mo­sex­ual crim­i­nals were given soft-touch treat­ment by the courts. The claims were dis­missed in an of­fi­cial in­quiry.

As the Mail re­ported yes­ter­day, Susie Hen­der­son’s fa­ther Robert, a friend of Fair­bairn’s, was a piv­otal fig­ure in the scandal as he was re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing the al­le­ga­tions, pos­si­bly to gen­er­ate a smoke- screen t o cover his own pae­dophilia.

Fair­bairn was forced to quit Mrs Thatcher’s Govern­ment fol­low­ing the case of Carol X, a Glas­gow prostitute who was gang-raped but was judged by the Crown to be too trau­ma­tised to tes­tify against her three at­tack­ers, mean­ing court pro­ceed­ings were dropped.

The Lord Ad­vo­cate, Lord Mackay of Clash­fern, QC, wanted all fu­ture de­ci­sions to drop pro­ceed­ings against mur­der or rape sus­pects to rest with him.

The day be­fore Lord Mackay was due to make a state­ment about the case in par­lia­ment, Fair­bairn spoke about it to the Press. Af­ter the breach of pro­to­col, he was forced to re­sign as So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral in Jan­uary 1982.

No­to­ri­ous: Ian Dunn

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