The pae­dophile rights ac­tivist, his sin­is­ter web of in­flu­ence and the ma­lign shadow that still shames Scot­tish pol­i­tics

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - by Gra­ham Grant and Mar­cello Mega

AS he marches with fel­low gay rights sup­port­ers in Ed­in­burgh to­day, John Hein will doubt­less cut an im­pos­ing fig­ure. The bearded 57-year-old has been an ac­tive gay cam­paigner for many years – and this morn­ing he will rally marchers out­side the Scot­tish par­lia­ment.

But the Scot­tish Daily Mail can re­veal that Hein, chair­man of Pride Sco­tia, whose high-pro­file marches have been praised by Alex Sal­mond, is a for­mer mem­ber of a vile pae­dophile net­work.

Our i nves­ti­ga­tion un­cov­ered l i nks be­tween se­nior fig­ures in Scot­tish pub­lic life and the Pae­dophile In­for­ma­tion Ex­change (PIE), which fought to le­galise adult sex­ual re­la­tions with chil­dren.

It was af­fil­i­ated to the Left-wing Na­tional Coun­cil for Civil Lib­er­ties (NCCL), whose leading mem­bers in­cluded Labour deputy leader Har­riet Har­man, her MP hus­band 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.

Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion of PIE’s Scot­tish roots un­cov­ered ex-mem­bers, in­clud­ing Hein and a Cam­bridge-ed­u­cated for­mer teacher who made BBC doc­u­men­taries.

Hein heads Pride Sco­tia, whose ral­lies have pre­vi­ously en­joyed the cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship of the po­lice, the NHS and the Scot­tish Prison Ser­vice.

Listed among this year’s ‘fes­ti­val spon­sors and me­dia part­ners’ is pub­lic ser­vices union Uni­son Scot­land.

In 2010, a state­ment was read out on Mr Sal­mond’s be­half to par­tic­i­pants in the event, declar­ing that ‘Scot­land is one of the most pro­gres­sive coun­tries in terms of LGBT [les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der] equal­ity in Europe.’

When con­fronted at his Ed­in­burgh home about his past mem­ber­ship of PIE, Hein said: ‘I was in my teens my­self. I thought it would help me to meet other gay men in their teens.’

Asked whether the word ‘ pae­dophile’ had not been a clue to the group’s true in­ter­ests, he said: ‘I think it was set up to help people stay out of trou­ble. I’ve never been sex­u­ally in­ter­ested in chil­dren.’

But there was a cu­ri­ously de­fen­sive tone as he added: ‘People mis­un­der­stood what PIE was all about – and they still do.’

PIE me mbe r s were al­lot­ted spe­cial num­bers. Hein, who later be­came a vo­cal cam­paigner for gay mar­riage, was num­ber 194.

We can also re­veal that he was an early as­so­ciate of PIE co-founder

‘I’ve never been in­ter­ested in chil­dren sex­u­ally’

the late Ian Dunn, a Labour ac­tivist and Ed­in­burgh town plan­ner.

Dunn served on the same Labour com­mit­tees as fu­ture Chan­cel­lor Alistair Dar­ling more than 30 years ago – and wanted PIE to give pae­dophiles a po­lit­i­cal ‘voice’.

There was lit­tle to mark Dunn out from his col­leagues. The Ed­in­burgh­born coun­cil of­fi­cial, whose fam­ily ran a soft drinks firm, was a life­long con­ser­va­tion­ist, help­ing to re­store mu­rals and churches.

There were signs of a re­bel­lious streak; he was once re­buked for us­ing the term ‘com­rade’ on in­ter­nal coun­cil cor­re­spon­dence.

That also man­i­fested it­self in his work as a gay rights cam­paigner, at a time when the move­ment was in its in­fancy. In­deed, trade union­ist Dunn was a trail­blazer in the field and his obit­u­ary (which makes no ref­er­ence to his PIE role) was writ­ten by leading gay rights ac­tivist Peter Tatchell.

But lurk­ing be­neath the sur­face was a dark pre­oc­cu­pa­tion. Dunn was driven by a be­lief that all mi­nori­ties were en­ti­tled to a po­lit­i­cal voice, re­gard­less of how ab­hor­rent their views may be – even pae­dophiles.

He ad­mit­ted he co-founded PIE with Michael Han­son, a gay stu­dent liv­ing in Ed­in­burgh, in 1974.

It be­gan, Dunn later re­mem­bered, when he agreed to fa­cil­i­tate re­search be­ing done into sex with chil­dren by pro­vid­ing a con­tact ad­dress.

The aim was to es­tab­lish whether the per­cep­tion that ho­mo­sex­ual men were more prone to pae­dophilia was cor­rect.

Dunn said that af­ter the re­search was con­cluded, he found that the per­cep­tion was mis­taken.

But out of that move, PIE was born. Dunn later claimed he and Han­son, now be­lieved to be dead, had lit­tle more to do with it and PIE moved its ac­tiv­i­ties to Lon­don.

It went on to be­come the leading con­tact group for adults cam­paign­ing for the right to have sex with chil­dren and a means by which sex­u­ally ac­tive pae­dophiles swapped in­for­ma­tion.

Some edi­tions of Mi­nor Prob­lems – a mag­a­zine set up in 1983 which as­sumed PIE’s man­tle as the prin­ci­pal means of con­tact for pae­dophiles – car­ried an ad­dress in Ed­in­burgh’s Broughton Street, which turned out to be Dunn’s home.

It was used as a box of­fice ad­dress for a year, dur­ing which the first three is­sues of Mi­nor Prob­lems were pub­lished.

Dunn once boasted of hav­ing had sex with a 14-year-old boy – while a mourner at his fu­neral said he had been raped by him when he was 15.

Over the years, his rep­u­ta­tion as a gay rights cam­paigner grew. Derek Ogg, now a leading QC, was a mem­ber of Dunn’s Scot­tish Ho­mo­sex­ual Rights Group (SHRG) – of which the late Labour For­eign Sec­re­tary Robin Cook was an hon­orary vice-pres­i­dent.

Mr Ogg said he spoke out strongly at the time against any move to le­galise pae­dophilia.

Records at the Na­tional Li­brary of Scot­land show the SHRG hosted a work­shop in Novem­ber 1980, at which an au­thor called Roger Moody made a de­fence of pae­dophilia (which Mr Ogg does not re­mem­ber).

While Dunn helped to build PIE be­hind the scenes, his po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions ap­peared to flour­ish.

A fel­low Labour ac­tivist at the time was Mr Dar­ling, a coun­cil­lor in Ed­in­burgh in the early 1980s.

Mr Dar­ling told the Mail he did not know Dunn per­son­ally, though min­utes show he at­tended some Labour com­mit­tee meet­ings at which Dunn was present in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Mr Cook, then Ed­in­burgh Cen­tral MP, wrote to Dunn in 1977, ad­dress­ing him as ‘Ian’, about a per­sonal mat­ter con­cern­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion, on House of Commons notepa­per.

These con­nec­tions would have done him no harm as Dunn fought to get in­volved in front­line lo­cal pol­i­tics. He was cho­sen as a Labour can­di­date for the Broughton and In­ver­leith ward of Loth­ian Re­gional Coun­cil to con­test lo­cal elec­tions.

Then the del­i­cate bal­anc­ing act his life had be­come be­gan to un­ravel. His mem­ber­ship of PIE was ex­posed in the run-up to the 1986 elec­tion and he was de­s­e­lected.

Al­though Dunn was pub­licly dis­graced, he was not sacked by the

Dunn boasted of hav­ing sex with a 14-year-old boy

coun­cil. One for­mer as­so­ciate in the Ed­in­burgh Labour Party said: ‘My un­der­stand­ing was that the coun­cil de­cided it could not sack him as he was not pur­sued by the po­lice. He had made pub­lic ad­mis­sions when chal­lenged, but as far as I know he was never even charged.’

PIE was wound up in 1984 when some of its key mem­bers were jailed.

But Dunn did not dis­ap­pear. He sparked fur­ther con­tro­versy by con­demn­ing Cen­tral Scot­land Po­lice in 1996 for a video cam­era sur­veil­lance oper­a­tion i n pub­lic toi­lets in Stir­ling, which led to sev­eral gay men be­ing charged.

The oper­a­tion also re­vealed that some men had had sex with a 13-year-old boy.

Per­haps in a form of de­nial about the im­mense dam­age al­ready done to his cred­i­bil­ity, Dunn hoped to be­come an MSP. Even more as­ton­ish­ingly, those hopes ap­pear not to have been dis­missed out of hand.

In a 1998 let­ter, Les­ley Quinn, then sec­re­tary of Scot­tish Labour’s se­lec­tion board and a fu­ture gen­eral sec­re­tary of Scot­tish Labour, wrote: ‘Dear Ian, Thank you for ap­ply­ing for an ap­pli­ca­tion form to be con­sid­ered by the Scot­tish Labour Party for its Scot­tish par­lia­ment panel of can­di­dates.’

The let­ter stressed that the party ‘wants can­di­dates who draw on a wide range of ex­pe­ri­ences and abil­i­ties’.

Mrs Quinn, who now works for Glas­gow City Coun­cil quango City Build­ing, failed to re­ply to in­quiries from the Mail.

Dunn died from a sus­pected heart at­tack, aged 54, in 1998, be­fore any de­ci­sion on his Holy­rood can­di­dacy could be made.

A Scot­tish Labour spokesman said it had ‘a ro­bust vet­ting process for all of our can­di­dates’.

Mr Tatchell told the Mail that ‘most people’ in the gay com­mu­nity would be ‘ shocked and sur­prised’ by Dunn’s PIE in­volve­ment and his boasts of un­der-age sex.

He said: ‘ Ian Dunn was a true pioneer and played a piv­otal role in gay rights. I only ever saw him with adult part­ners.’

In the mod­ern gay rights move-

ment, Dunn’s i nfl uence has con­tin­ued.

Tim Hop­kins, di­rec­tor of the Scot­tish Govern­ment-funded Equal­ity Net­work, which re­cently cam­paigned for the le­gal­i­sa­tion of gay mar­riage, re­ceived an award from Dunn’s group Out­right Scot­land, the suc­ces­sor to SHRG, in 1998.

He is listed on­line as a re­cip­i­ent of an Ian Dunn Me­mo­rial Award, a scheme which Pride Sco­tia helped to mas­ter­mind (though Mr Hop­kins says he can­not re­call if Dunn’s name ap­peared on the award, which he now says he has lost.)

Years af­ter his views on pae­dophilia were ex­posed, Dunn’s legacy con­tin­ued to be re­mem­bered by some in the gay com­mu­nity.

The now-de­funct Glas­gow LGBT Cen­tre had an Ian Dunn Me­mo­rial Room, where gay rights cam­paign­ers met. As the ‘Castro Cen­tre’, it was headed by then Labour coun­cil­lor Ruth Black, who was also in­volved with Pride Sco­tia.

The cen­tre later be­came em­broiled in a row over al­leged mis­man­age­ment of pub­lic funds, al­though Miss Black was cleared of wrong­do­ing.

Scot­tish Green Party co-con­vener Patrick Harvie re­ceived an Ian Dunn Me­mo­rial Award. When it was re­vealed in 2007 that he had been given the award, he said he con­demned ‘any stance which could be seen to ex­cuse acts of child abuse’.

He called for the award (now dis­con­tin­ued) to be re­named. But we have learned the MSP never sent it back, a de­ci­sion his spokesman seemed un­able to ex­plain ad­e­quately. It is a de­ci­sion his sup­port­ers, and many par­ents, may find hard to un­der­stand – or to for­give.

In to­tal, the Mail un­cov­ered a list

‘Ques­tions which ur­gently de­mand hon­est an­swers’

of 13 for­mer PIE mem­bers, some of whom may have used aliases and can­not now be traced. Among them is Christo­pher Mylne, 87, who lives qui­etly in a re­tire­ment flat in Lin­lith­gow, West Loth­ian.

Outwardly, he is a cul­tured, ar­tic­u­late man, twice-mar­ried and with two grown-up sons and four grand­chil­dren. But he agreed to talk about his past mem­ber­ship of PIE.

Only two years ago, he claims he avoided prose­cu­tion for pos­ses­sion of ob­scene ma­te­rial when he agreed to al­low the au­thor­i­ties to de­stroy it. The Crown Of­fice in­sisted this sort of ar­range­ment was not its ‘pol­icy’ but de­clined to com­ment di­rectly on Mylne’s case.

Mylne said: ‘Pae­dophile means “child-lover”. Yet it has be­come the dirt­i­est word in the lan­guage.’

He stud­ied clas­sics at Cam­bridge Univer­sity and taught the sub­ject for seven years at John Wat­son’s board­ing school in Ed­in­burgh, now long- closed. Later in his ca­reer, Mylne, a pub­lished au­thor, made doc­u­men­taries for the BBC.

He said he was con­victed of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a teenage boy in the late 1970s and fined £1,500.

His un­palat­able views prove that PIE’s chill­ing legacy lives on.

Last night, Nor­man Wells of the Fam­ily Ed­u­ca­tion Trust said: ‘Many pae­dophiles have em­ployed the lan­guage of chil­dren’s rights in an at­tempt to pro­vide a cover of re­spectabil­ity to their per­ni­cious agenda.

‘The past as­so­ci­a­tion of in­flu­en­tial po­lit­i­cal fig­ures with the pae­dophile move­ment raises se­ri­ous ques­tions which ur­gently de­mand hon­est an­swers.’

Gay rights cam­paigner: John Hein at a Sco­tia Pride event in 2011

Labour ac­tivist: The late Ian Dunn, co-founder of the pae­dophile group PIE

For­mer PIE mem­ber: Christo­pher Mylne, left. Green co-con­vener Pa­trick Harvie, right, re­ceived an Ian Dunn Me­mo­rial Award

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